Shutters are like eyelashes for otherwise boring windows. They provide a decorative touch that can add texture and color to your home without needing to paint your entire home. Shutters can fade over time, which if left can give your home a not so great look. You can change your shutters and replace them with new ones, but if you have a lot of shutters on your home, replacing them may be costly. See below for tips on how to give new life to those old shutters, as well as what you can do with older shutters around your home.
Here's What You Need:
- Garden hose
- Screwdriver (or power drill)
- Strong cleaning product (such as TSP)
- Soft scrub brush
- Latex paint
Take a look at your shutters. If they are faded, you may want to think about painting or even replacing them if they are cracked. If your shutters are just in need of a good wash, use your garden hose, a soft scrub brush, and a bucket with soapy water in it. Give each shutter on your home a good cleaning to get rid of any dust, dirt, and mold that may have accumulated on it. Allow each to dry. If your shutters need painting, move to the next step.
Use your screwdriver or power drill to take each of your shutters off of your home carefully. Line them up in an area where you can clean them and paint them (somewhere out of the sun/weather preferably).
Rinse your shutters using a garden hose to loosen up and remove most of the dirt on them. Then using TSP and a soft scrub brush, clean your shutters thoroughly. Rinse the cleaner off and allow each of them to dry.
Next, give each shutter a coating of primer to help the new paint cover and adhere to the shutter. Be sure to take your time so you get in all of the grooves and between each shutter slat. Allow the primer to dry.
Using the latex paint (safe for outdoor), paint each of your shutters the color you chose. Let the first coat dry, then apply a second or third coat if necessary. Let the shutters dry before hanging them back up.
A good cleaning or a paint job can give new life to your old shutters. Some shutters can be given new life inside your home. Use shutters as decor inside your home, such as on the wall in your living room or dining room, use a few longer shutters attached together with hinges as a room divider, or use a smaller shutter as a unique place to sort your bills or holiday cards.
For more information, contact a company like Shady Lady.