Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My New Shutters

I have been totally inspired by all the shutter projects out there and fell in love with the look of barnwood shutters. Specifically the ones found here. I have looked everywhere and could not find any...so I decided to make my own version. Now, this project would have been a breeze if I would have had some real tools...but I made it work. (Keep in mind I am NOT a builder...so I am sure there is a better way to go about this...lol) I went to Home Depot and got some standard (1x3) pine boards. I had them cut them 36" long. I then got some (1x2) boards that were just at the end of the isle and I took the home and cut them myself. I can't remember how many of those I bought. I think they were 8 feet long so I bought 2, but not sure. Anyways, I bought miter box and saw to help with my cuts. Now...this is the first time I have used a miter box, and maybe I am just a wimp...but it was so hard. I knew better than to ask my husband....he would have just mocked the idea and said we don't need barn shutters in our house! :) So I tackled this all on my own. Anyways, this project was kind of just me using trial and error. I cut the boards and then cut cardboard to use as spacers.(I have my measurements diagrammed at the bottom of this post)
I set out my angled piece and put that in place so I knew where I would want my top cross pieces. I clamped these and used liquid nails to set them in place.
After I got them all set in place I used a few finishing nails by hand to secure the pieces. Then I sanded it down a little but wanted to leave these kind of raw. I wanted these to look natural and like old barn shutters uneven and all. I used white paint that I watered down a little so that after I painted them the wood grain would still be visible. Kind of white washed.
For easy hanging, I attached picture hanging wire to the back of each shutter.
And here are my shutters. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out especially since I am such an amateur!
And my current holiday decor.
Here are my rough measurements:

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41 comments:

  1. These look sooo pretty! Love them!!

    Coley @
    whatyoumakeit-coley.blogspot.com

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  2. They look stunning!! Great job!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  3. What a great look!! Looks like you're turning into a builder. Great job.

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  4. This is gorgeous!! I'm a new follower!

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  5. You did such a great job on this. And wonderful styling, too! I've been thinking of making some shutters for the outside of my house for a while now. (But since I don't own any power tools I have been putting it off...)

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  6. I love this look! I am starting to work on a gallery wall for my family room and this would be a great background for hanging pictures! Great tutorial!

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  7. These came out great! You've got me thinking I could make something similar with pallet wood. Nice job!

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  8. Cute! I made some just like these from the same inspiration!

    http://sassysanctuary.blogspot.com/2011/09/barn-door-shutters.html

    I love your whole display, especially your harvest blocks!

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  9. This is perfect! Beautiful job! Don't tell my husband this is possible since I just bought some shutters at an antique sale last weekend... hehe! I'm a new follower, love your ideas and would love to have you stop by my new blog Burlapandbuttons.blogspot.com...

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  10. I love them! Thanks for sharing! New Follower! Visit me at http://raisingdieter.blogspot.com/ for a giveaway

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  11. I love this project. great tutorial. new follower here xxx

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  12. so pretty! i'm your newest follower =) would love you to follow my blog too... if ya like! l - summitstreetjoy.com

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  13. This looks so pretty! I love your whole set up, the wreath, the letters and everything!!

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  14. This is such a lovely mantle, everything looks wonderful!

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  15. The shutters are awesome! Love the whole vignette.

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  16. Love them! Love your blog too. I'm a new follower. Here from tt&j.

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  17. You did a great job! I love your whole vignette. Thanks for sharing.Visiting through Weekend Wrap up

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  18. You did such a great job! I love how they turned out. All your other decorations are really fun too.

    justenoughstyle@gmail.com

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  19. Looks beautiful! I love your wreath too! Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark. I'll be featuring this tomorrow! Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I hope to see you again on Tuesday night.
    Jenn ;)

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  20. love this! and your sweet wreath!

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  21. This is the coolest idea! You did a wonderful job, I must make these! Just wanted to let you know that I featured this today!

    http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2011/11/show-share-14-features.html

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  22. They look beautiful! Thanks for linking up with us and hope you join us again this Wednesday! Have a happy Thanksgiving!

    Marie
    mylilpinkpocket.blogspot.com

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  23. Thank you so much for linking up to Show and Share last week. Make sure to come back this week with your latest project. I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I featured your DIY barnwood shutters come on over to see what I had to say and grab a featured button from my sidebar. Thank you.
    http://tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com/2011/11/show-and-share-15-and-features.html

    A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW
    tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com

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  24. You've been featured at Hookin Up with HoH!
    Feel free to stop by and grab a button if you'd like.

    Allison @ House of Hepworths!

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  25. Love it! What a great project!!
    Shannon
    www.akadesign.ca

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  26. This entire display is just lovely! Thanks so much for linking up to my Saturday Seven Party last week. I'll be featuring your project in tonight's lineup!

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  27. This is an interesting idea.

    What like is the Harvest Blocks. When your thinking of ideas perhaps a tutorial for the Harvest Blocks would be interesting.

    Then I could use something similiar for Christmas

    Mireille

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  28. Thank you for all the tutorials you are offering. There are are number of tutorials that is definitely on my list for trying.

    I love the creativity that you offer.

    It is so inspiring. And I also love reading the comments. There are no boring people here. Everyone I can learn from

    M

    Mireille

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  29. Thanks everyone! I love your sweet comments.

    Mireille, I will definitely try and do a tutorial like my harvest blocks soon. :)

    Marie

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  30. this is so gorgeous! Amazing job!! I am going to be featuring you at my party tonight:)

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  31. Love these!! Just pinned them to my pinterest boards.
    Jamie
    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

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  32. I came across your blog while blog hopping. Love these shutters! I am pinning this on Pinterest. Actually I've been all around your blog and pinning recipes, printables and more. Thanks for everything, love your blog! : )

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  33. Found your blog on pinterest. LOVE these shutters. Would love to make the wreath as well shown here in your post.

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  34. Those are really gorgeous and elegant looking exterior wood shutters. Thanks for sharing this post. What kind of wood did you use? Seems soft look at. I like them is it expensive?

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    1. Thank you Anne, they were very inexpensive. I just used the cheapest scrap wood I found at the end of the isle at home depot. Super affordable!

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  35. Those are really gorgeous and elegant looking exterior wood shutters. Thanks for sharing this post. What kind of wood did you use? Seems soft look at. I like them is it expensive?

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