How Do You Decorate Old Window Shutters?

How Do You Decorate Old Window Shutters?

How Do You Decorate Old Window Shutters?

When decorating with old shutters, add hooks, shelves, or a basket to turn a vintage window covering into a lovely organizer. Try one of the headboard or family photo display ideas.

Here are some tips on how to decorate old window shutters:

  1. Start by cleaning the shutters. If they are dirty, you will not be able to see the details that you want to. Clean them with mild soap and water. Dry them with a towel as soon as they are clean.
  2. If the shutters have a coating on them, remove them. This can be done with a cloth or a hair dryer. Do not use a blow dryer because the heat can damage the shutters.
  3. If the shutters are solid wood, you can paint them.
  4. If the shutters are made of metal, you can install trim around the edge. This will give the shutters a more finished look. Old shutters can be painted.
  5. If you want to add a bit of color, you can choose to paint the shutters. Be sure to remove the coating first. If the shutters are metal, you can use a roller to paint them. If they are wood, you can use a brush.
  6. You can also install light fixtures in the shutters. This will give them a new look and a bit of illumination. You can also paint the shutters a solid color and then add stickers, decals, or designs over the top.
  7. You can also add plants to the shutters. This will give the shutters a new look and a bit of life.
  8. You can also use the shutters as headboards for beds or you can hang them on walls to make them look more like artwork.


How Do You Make A Bifold Window Shutter?

  1. Divide the width of the window into four equal sections by measuring it from the outside of the frame. Measure the window’s height from the outside of the frame.
  2. Arrange enough 3/4-by-3-by-96-inch cedar pieces side by side to span one of the four sections’ width. Using a miter saw, cut the pieces to the desired height. If the width of the accumulated pieces is too wide or too narrow to fit the section, use a table saw to rip another piece of cedar to width and then to the required length to get the section measurements.
  3. Measure the distance between the pieces and cut two pieces of cedar to that length. Using a pin nailer, nail one piece flush at the top and one at the bottom by shooting four 1-1/4-inch pin nails through the horizontal boards and into each vertical board. Steps 2 and 3 should be repeated to create three more sections.
  4. Using a hacksaw, cut two 3/4-by-3/4-inch piano hinges to the length of the shutters. Using a drill/driver and 3/4-inch screws, attach one hinge to one side of two shutters. To make two pairs of shutters, screw the other two shutters onto the hinged pair.
  5. Take a 2-inch measurement down from the top and bottom corners of the two pairs. Use 3/4-inch screws to secure one gate hinge at each mark. Attach the shutters to the window frame with screws.
  6. Raise the shutters. For the stop, measure the height of one inside shutter, where the two pair butt together. With the miter saw, cut one piece of 1/4-by-1 1/4-by-48-inch cedar to the measurement. Nail the cedar strip to the back, inside edge of the shutter, leaving a 5/8 inch overhang. Make use of 1-inch pin nails.
  7. Shut the shutter. Measure halfway down the middle of the two pairs of shutters. Using 1/2-inch screws, attach a bar-style shutter latch to both inside shutters.

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