As we continue to update our home, I’m sharing with you today how I built my wood shutters for the exterior of my home for practically free. And I think they look amazing! With the prices of lumber these days, I do what I can to save money, which makes me happy happy, and I’ll be using the money I saved to do other DIY home projects. I have a long list! 🙂 Here’s how I did it.
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How To DIY Wood Shutters For Your Home
I built my wood shutters using repurposed pressure-treated decking we had saved from another project. This is one time being a self-proclaimed hoarder of scrap wood isn’t such a bad thing after all.
If you’re making shutters for the exterior of your home, chemically treated lumber is a good choice. This wood will resist rot and performs well over time.
First, measure the window you want to apply shutters to and cut 3 boards the same size as the length of the window for each side.
Because the wood had been exposed to the elements, I sanded them all down to clean and smooth them up. It also helps to remove that grayish color that appears over time. That gray color that you see on weathered wood, it’s actually mold on the wood.
You should always take special precautions when working with chemically treated lumber, especially if you’re going to be sanding it down. Take it outdoors or wear a mask if not in a well-ventilated area. Protect those lungs!
Layout The Wood Shutters
Layout your wood on a flat surface and make sure all your cuts are correct. I like doing this… it’s kind of like a dry run, and I can catch any mistakes before I get too far into my project. You know, the point of no return. 😏
You’re also going to need 2 cross pieces. These will be used to secure the boards together. This is almost too simple, but it’s the way I like it!
Next, you’re going to predrill holes for the wood screws before you attach the cross pieces to the wood shutters. This is particularly important as this will keep your repurposed lumber (if it’s dry) from cracking or splitting. But only drill holes in the top cross pieces. The drill bit I use is a size smaller than the wood screws. This will allow for a snug fit when the screws are drilled into the board.
Attaching The Cross Pieces Of The Wood Shutters
Line your cross pieces up equally on both ends of the wood shutters and secure them together with wood screws.
Preserving Natural Finish On WoodShutters
Pressure-treated lumber has been treated with chemical preservatives to prevent rot and insect damage. While the chemical in the wood gives it some protection, it doesn’t prevent moisture from seeping into the wood, which will cause it to have a weathered gray look after a few years, and I want to preserve the natural wood beauty. Here’s what I did.
Apply 3 thin coats of Gator Hide (water repellant clear topcoat) to protect the wood from moisture.
I’ve done a few outdoor wood projects using this topcoat, and it works beautifully. It will need to be reapplied in a few years, but that’s no biggie if I can keep this natural wood look.
Gator Hide will somewhat darken the wood’s appearance, but I still love the outcome, and all that wood grain is still smiling at me.
The grass is starting to green up, but my shrubs had seen better days after the hard sub-zero Winter we had here in Texas. We lost a lot of plants. So we did a major overhaul with new landscaping. I think it’s a nice compliment to my new wood shutters.
Thanks for joining me today, and I hope the sun is shining where ever you are. Enjoy the outdoors and try some DIY to add some curb appeal to your home. You’ll be glad you did.
Until the next project… xo, Do