Crescent Moon Window Shutters
I have tried curtains in this bathroom and also the privacy window vinyl in this room but never liked the look.
I think this could be cute in other rooms as well. Imagine reading your children the book Goodnight Moon...and there are your shutters with the moon.
Each of the 4 panels is hinged so it completely opens up out of the way. I can peek outside through the moon cut out or I can open it fully or partially.
You need to decide if your existing frame is ok. If not...
1st- rip it off!
2nd- Cut a simple new frame and stain the 4 pieces
3rd- Attach the pieces onto the wall with a brad nailer
4th- paint the window sash if needed and admire how much better it looks already!
Using pine wood cut out 4 pieces taking into account you need a little space between each shutter piece. Here's how we did it- Measure the window width and divide by 4 then take off about 1/8" between the frame, the first slat, then the next and so on so each has a little space between. Plane down as needed.
At first I wanted a crescent moon and star but then decided to go with just the moon. For one it was easier to cut the moon and this was a first attempt at this type of shutter. Enlarge as needed.
Cut the pattern, tape it to the wood so it's covering 2 center boards so the moon is split into 2 and trace it in pencil.
Using a scroll saw, cut your moon out on one board then the other.
Using a Dremel smooth the cuts you made.
Use a rattail file to get in the small point of the moon
Attach your hinges connecting 2 boards for each side and you will have your matched set ready to hinge to the frame itself. You'll need 8 hinges.
I should say if you want to paint or stain your shutters do it before the hinges. I haven't decided on a stain or color yet so am enjoying them au natural for now.
I hinged mine so that they "flip-flop" onto each other to take less space and lay flat as shown when open.
The room isn't completely finished but it's getting there.
Do you think I should paint or stain the shutters? If so what color? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
- 2- 6 foot 1x8 pine boards (Menards)
- 1.8 Inch Stainless Steel Folding Butt Hinges (Amazon)
- Wood stain or paint (Menards)
Carollynda on Aug 05, 2022
Interesting idea. Usually when you think of shutters, you picture the outside ones on each side of window (non functional) But in the pioneer days ( NO I wasn't there!!) I think they were inside and used as protection from wild animals, storms, or whatever. If they were outside, not really practical for that! I think a 'peephole' or cutout would be good, but agree the half moon is usually associated with an outhouse (which by the way, are still used by the Amish! It was the first thing my Amish neighbors built!) Anyway, I like the natural or matching woodgrain of interior wood there already. My 75 year old interpretation!! Carol. one of 2 crazy cat ladies🐱😸🐈️