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.
Beneath My Heart
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  • Pam Pam on Dec 09, 2019

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

  • BobC BobC on Aug 17, 2020

    Seems to me that the shutters appear to be non-functional. When it be better to be able to close them to protect the windows during a bad storm? To do so they would probably need some hinges pain locking mechanism. Good idea? Thanks. Bob

  • Lisa Spencer Lisa Spencer on Oct 31, 2021

    Where is the link to the video?????????????????

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  • Tammy Lynn McIver Tammy Lynn McIver on Oct 31, 2021

    My dad made me shutters similar to these. Except made a Z pattern on the front and since I have some brick around the front door and picture window, I painted them a brick red. I have gray siding and they really stand out. But other look great, mine are non-functioning too. But we don't live near hurricane paths.

  • Margot Margot on Jun 06, 2022

    Beautiful! Especially with the flower box!

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