How to Build Board and Batten Shutters

We just completed a makeover on a home near Nashville, Tennessee with Lowe's. It was a chance to give a home a fresh new look for spring after a very harsh winter.
The home owner was wanting to add new shutters to their windows, so we built them some board and batten shutters.
Here is our supply list:
1×6 poplar boards
1×4 poplar boards
compound miter saw
wood glue
nail gun and nails (1 1/4″, 18 gauge finish nails)
tape measure
sanding sponges
stain (We used MinWax Dark Walnut.)
rubber gloves and cloths for staining
paint sticks to use as spacers between boards
Our Lowe's helpers cut the boards to length and then assembled the shutters.
(CLICK ON THE LINK to view a short video of the whole process.)
We used paint sticks as "spaces" between the 1x6 board pieces. Then used wood glue and a nail gun to attach the horizontal 1x4 pieces.
After the shutters were built, we sanded the edges, and stained the fronts and backs with MinWax Dark Walnut stain.
So easy, but so beautiful! Check out the complete process by click on the link below.

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24 questions
  • Jeanie
    on Mar 8, 2016

    I was wondering about the flower box...did you make it too? If so do you have instructions?

  • Pam Delnevo
    on Mar 21, 2016

    How did you attach the shutters to the house?

  • Kathy Jerman
    on Mar 25, 2016

    How did you attach the shutters to the brick work of the house?

  • Cindy Platt Hanlon
    on Mar 25, 2016

    Why did you not stain the boards before putting together?

  • Sue Lofgren-Gilmore
    on Apr 26, 2016

    How do they hold up with moisture from rain?

    • Donna West
      on Sep 20, 2016

      I'd like to know as well.

    • Amanda Gates-Lamothe
      on Oct 6, 2016

      I'm sure you can cover them with a clear coat of low sheen poly spray or paint it on ?

    • Penny Shofner Frizzell
      on Nov 10, 2016

      I would NOT put a clear coat on them. A clear coat will crack and peel with weather. I have cedar shutters and have used Austrailian Timber Oil on them which penetrates the wood rather than top coating, thus no cracking. You can recoat every year or two and it only deepens the natural grain of the wood. The water will just bead up and roll off with the Timber Oil, which comes in several color options. I use Cabots. The biggest mistake that I see with wooden shutters is using a topcoat on them. It will not hold up over time.

      , Rough grain cedar shutters with Cabot s Austrailian Timber Oil I just put a new coat on them a few weeks ago after two years and they are even richer looking now
  • Lynn Karsten
    on May 4, 2016

    How would you attach to vinyl siding? Thanks!

  • Margaret Willman
    on Sep 11, 2016

    how can I attach this to a concrete wall?

  • Corinne Shanks
    on Nov 11, 2016

    How did you attach to brick?

    • Tmas
      on Aug 12, 2017

      No answer? They make anchors where you drill a hole and hammer in, then when you screw into them it spreads and holds.
      But if like to know what they actually used too.
  • Erica
    on Nov 11, 2016

    What color paint is on your bricks?

  • Annie
    on Feb 1, 2017

    How about instructions for the matching flower boxes? Would love to do these along with the shutters. Thanks

  • Lisa Crossen Maginnis
    on May 25, 2017

    I love this look and I'm definitely going to give this project a try. How will these stand up to weather??

    • Jamie Peck Janke
      on Oct 27, 2017

      I would suggest to use outdoor stain, indoor stain cant really handle the weather unless it gets topped off with a varnish

  • H
    on Jul 24, 2017

    How much would you say it costs per shutter?
  • Dianeg1234
    on Sep 10, 2017

    These shutters look awesome. How did you attach then to your home I am not seeing how they are connected to the house. Thank you
    • Sandy
      on Sep 27, 2017

      I'm guessing they used masonry screws.
    • Janet
      on May 4, 2018

      I have vinyl siding and would love to replace our faded shutters with these. How would they hang on vinyl?

  • Rebecca
    on May 21, 2018

    How did you hang them?

  • Jessica
    on Jun 27, 2018

    I have made one shutter so far but stopped before staining. It says on the Minwax that it is for interior use only. Has the stain held up outdoors over time?

    • Ront4649
      on Aug 10, 2018

      I haven't built shutters, but I did make a potting table. I stained it and let it set up and put Thompson's water seal on it. Beads water really well. I couldn't tell it did anything to the stain.

    • Katie Long
      on Aug 16, 2018

      how did you mount them? I dont see any visible nail holes ect.

  • Barry
    on Jul 9, 2018

    What is the color on the brick?

  • Kaiti Colleen L
    on Jul 13, 2018

    Look amazing!! What did you top coat them with to weather proof?? How did you hang them??

    • Cathy Landslide
      on Feb 23, 2019

      Idk what she used but you can use these concrete anchors from Amazon (also available from hardware stores)

  • Dawn Crosby Norway
    on Aug 24, 2018

    How did you attach them to the brick? I also have a brick home that I am trying to bring some color and character to the front without actually painting the brick.

    • Hasana
      on May 3, 2019

      When I put stuff in concrete I go for the soft part of the concrete whatever they use to put the bricks together

  • Dorothy Howard
    on Dec 15, 2018

    How to attach them to the house?

  • Caroline Gerardo
    on Feb 28, 2019

    I tried the baby diaper gel added to sand/compost/ vermiculite and it got moldy with hard top. I tried also with other mixes same result. However this was when my children were babies some time ago maybe the material is better now?

  • Sydney
    on May 16, 2019

    Did you guys paint the brick of that house? If so, what color?

  • Tyler
    on Jun 10, 2019

    How do you seal the wood so it doesn’t fade or rot?

    • Jewellmartin
      on Oct 28, 2019

      I would use an oil-based clear sealer over the Min-Wax these guys used. Or use water-resistant Rustoleum brushed on for the stain and sealer. This is a beautiful project with professionally stained wood. My best wouldn’t look as good as this, I fear. Jewell

  • Louise
    on Sep 28, 2019

    How were the shutters hung?

  • Pam
    on Dec 9, 2019

    Where is the link to watch the project video? It says it is there, but nothing I click has that video.

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  • Susie
    on Sep 21, 2019

    How did you make the planter i love it

  • Joanie
    on Dec 13, 2019

    I love it ALL......great job fella's!! Everything looks fab !!!

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