Tuesday, October 30, 2012

DIY Shutters...a little bit of New Orleans flair

Not to brag...but this is our best DIY project ever! 
Shutters at last!

I love New Orleans flair. I love the colorful shutters, wrought iron gates, and hanging ferns that give New Orleans it's unique decorative flavor. 

When we built our home in 1995, I had shutters on my wish list but, as most first time builders, we found that our wish list needed to be chopped as the building progressed. 
This year,
This month, my shutters finally became a reality!

Shutters make such a difference!

This was one of our more fun DIY projects:) We began with cedar fence pickets and wrought iron pieces from Hobby Lobby (half price of course!)
We needed 8 foot shutters but 6 foot pickets were less expensive so Michael cut the dog ears off the pickets and cut the boards to size.
Three pickets across made the perfect shutter size and Michael cut these cross pieces for the front of the shutters

Michael cut cross pieces for the backside to stabilize the shutters.

We primed then painted the shutters with 2 coats of a beautiful teal "New Orleans" blue. The second coat always makes THE difference.

We did learn a lesson with this project. The left shutter above shows the result of painting too late in the day to completely dry before the dew settles on the still damp paint.

The finishing touch was dry paint brushing a matte charcoal black on the front of the shutters paying attention to the creases and edges.

Building these shutters was a breeze compared to rising them to the brick...good thing hubby is patient! Annabelle, our oldest little granddaughter was Grandad's building assistant!

VIOLA! New Orleans style, DIY, fabulous shutters at last!

A big happy and satisfied smile envelopes my face every single time I pull into the driveway! 
Good things DO come to those who wait...even if it takes 17 years!


  1. It's BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I loved your vision. They're gorgeous

  2. Love these shutters. Great job and the color is perfect.

  3. Where did you get the paint? What brand?