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DIY Window Shutter Using An Old Fence Gate

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Our unfinished basement has 6 ugly, fixed windows that are covered with some kind of white plastic, added by the previous owners, and metal mullions that needed some work. One of these windows is visible from the back yard and it's appearance really bothered me.
We discussed painting the mullions and removing the white stuff but we didn't want people to be able to see inside, so I came up with the idea to put some kind of window shutter over it.
The plan was to do this for free by using the wood from the fence gate that I took down.
It took two tries to get the shutter looking the way we wanted but it all worked out in the end.
Once it was up like we wanted, I used some dark walnut stain and added some faux hinges and a lock to make it look more authentic, even though it doesn't open and close. A free and easy fix for one o our unsightly basement windows.
Just a note about safety in case of fire. The 6 windows in our unfinished basement don't open and would have to be broken in case of emergency, in which case we could easily push through the shutter to get out if needed. Check out www.chatfieldcourt.com for more easy and inexpensive DIY projects.

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  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Jul 31, 2015

    I remember always thinking how weird the basement windows looked at my old house. Such a smart idea- major upgrade they look awesome!

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Jul 31, 2015

    Lovely solution!

  • Virginia R
    Virginia R Jamestown, NY
    on Jul 31, 2015

    This looks so cool. Smart idea!

  • Shonda Bedel
    Shonda Bedel Batesville, IN
    on Jul 31, 2015

    Those windows are for a fire exit ...very cute idea but they should open

    • Bev
      Bev Leavenworth, KS
      on Feb 2, 2018

      There are a total of SIX windows in the basement.... read the article! This is about ONE of those windows.

  • Bethany P
    Bethany P Saint Petersburg, FL
    on Jul 31, 2015

    Wow! I had windows like that on my brick house up north & wish I had seen this back then. Very cool.

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