When Nicola e-mailed me and asked if I’d consider a post about DIY-ing painted shutters, I was all ears. Here, she shares great ways to save money by painting your interior shutters yourself:
Interior wooden shutters can give any home a sharp, classy, and polished finish. However, every now again they may need to be updated or reformed to fit the changes you’ve made around the house or simply to keep up with seasonal traditions. If you are working on a budget, replacing the wooden shutters may not be an option. Instead, a great way to give them a face-lift is to paint them yourself.
Painting your wooden shutters can breathe new life into your house. You can choose a colour that fits perfectly with your new furnishings or go all festive and design shutters for occasions.
Painting shutters for children’s bedrooms and nurseries can be extremely fun as you have the freedom to be as creative as you’d like. As for painting shutters to fit an occasion such as Christmas, Halloween, or Easter, it’s important to remember that it is a temporary measure, so keep designs to a minimum if you want to change them back after the holiday period is over. If you need help and inspiration when deciding on a colour scheme, visit your local home ware store or painting expert and ask for advice.
The first thing to consider when choosing the paint for your shutters is the colour scheme. Making sure that the colour you use is consistent with the other furniture in the house is essential if you want the shutters to match the other features in your home. It is important to use paint that is designed to be used on wood to ensure you get the best results.
The typical homeowner will need to re-paint their interior shutters every 5-6 years, but if you use a decent sealant, it could last even longer.
The most straightforward way to start doing this is to remove the shutters from the windows. You will need to unscrew the fittings from the wall using a screwdriver (and possibly a second pair of hands). Depending on the lay-out of your house, this could be easier said than done. It may be worth using a drill and stepladders to access hard to reach areas.
By using hot soapy water and a metal paint scraper the old layer of paint should come off easily. However, if this proves difficult it may be worth using some lightly-grained sandpaper, increasing the grain if the problem continues.
Wood can weaken over time. By applying a coat of outdoor primer to the shutters, this will help to prevent this from happening. Once dry, you can start to apply the topcoat of paint you have chosen. For the best results, re-apply a coat up to three times, depending on the appearance. Use stencils to create the perfect picture and shape if you want patterns on the shutters.
It is essential that the paint is thoroughly dry before re-fitting the shutters to your windows to avoid getting smudges on the walls and ceiling.
Once re-fitted, sit back and enjoy the view of your custom-made shutters!