Build Your Own Farmhouse Shutters

Jenni Ingram
by Jenni Ingram
6 Materials
3 Hours
We recently replaced our exterior shutters. I feel like it's one of those details that's not super noticeable, but makes a big difference overall. It's all in the little custom design choices.

Honestly, I never even thought about making my own shutters until I saw someone do it on Instagram. These farmhouse shutters are super easy to make and very inexpensive!! Way cheaper than buying new shutters and that my friends is a DIY win!
The original shutters were traditional plastic ones. They were painted a nice navy blue, which I really didn't mind, but I knew with our new exterior style I wanted something different. 
Once taken down, I measured the old shutters for a template. They are just slightly taller than the window case opening. I used cedar fence posts for the new shutters. These boards are under $2.50 each at the hardware store and work perfectly. I cut them to the height I wanted, then used the scrap to cut cross pieces.
Cutting took the longest, but building the shutters was easy. These were all made 12.5" wide. I just laid the cross piece across the planks, and nailed it together with 1" brad nails and my nail gun. Then I sealed them. An exterior top coat is not enough. The exterior topcoat isn't able to completely protect from silvering in the sun, so the solution is to add some stain to the topcoat. (Click on my blog link below to learn more about how I did this.)
Once the shutters were dry, they were screwed directly into the brick/siding with deck screws.
finished shutters
The stained farmhouse shutters coordinate well with the garage doors and sage green siding. Definitely a win!

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