How To Easily Make Beautiful And Inexpensive Shutters

Hi friends! At Gray Clover Home our goal is to help you to design and create your best life and home! We love to create, build and design and live life to the fullest and want to help you do the same. Life can be very full at times so how do you create and live your best life? In bite sized chunks! Making small changes and updates, one at a time, will completely transform your life and your home. Let’s get started!

For our very first blog we thought we would share how to make the easiest shutters ever! And they barely cost anything except some time. Are you ready to update the exterior of your home? YES? Fantastic! Let’s get started.

Where to start? When we went to make shutters for the Pawnee Cutie (Our fixer-upper) we didn’t want to spend a fortune. A short trip to the hardware store and we found the best option – Natural Cedar Dog Eared Fence Picket Boards. They’re the perfect size to make these easy shutters and come in 6′ lengths so will work for most windows.

Check out our two short video tutorials to learn more:

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Once you’re done with the shutters – you will want to make sure to nail the cross slats on from BOTH sides. This makes them stronger. Then choose your favorite stain color and viola! New Shutters for you!

Our favorite stain color is MinWax Special Walnut 224. It is absolutely gorgeous on every wood we have used it on. It’s warm and inviting with a hint of red but not too much. Here you can see the small sections we started staining. Even though the cedar itself is beautiful, adding a stain to it makes them look polished and it will protect your new shutters from the weather.

Are you ready to see the ALMOST finished product? (We still need to finish the sidewalk, trim and a bit more!) We have been working on the “Pawnee Cutie” and the outside is starting to look pretty good! Here is the fun we’ve been having:

  • Trimmed the overgrown shrubbery
  • Painted the outside
  • Added new windows
  • Replaced the front door
  • Added trim to the front door
  • Installed Cedar Shake up on the peak
  • Installed new trim on the peak
  • New roof was added
  • The AMAZING shutters added that extra touch to make it pop!

Here are the before, During and After Pictures.  (Before on the left – overgrown and plain – During on the right before the cedar shake and the new windows)

Thank you for watching and we will see you again SOON! In the meantime, make small changes every day to make your house the home you’ve been dreaming of!
KB & Q (Keith & Susan)

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