DIY Shutters for the Bathroom



My "Impossibilities Challenge" continues!  I've been renovating this bathroom of mine for the last 2 years... TWO YEARS!  Sigh.  The finish line is in view, I'm so very happy to say.

This bathroom had no window and I hate rooms with no windows.  I really, really wanted a window but this room is all my own work and I'm not a carpenter, so I was a little intimidated at the thought of installing a window myself.  Lucky for me, when I ripped down the wall covering I discovered that someone had taken out a window somewhere along the way so all I had to do was cut through the wall and install a new window.  Easy peasy - well, sort of...


Here is what I began with:


And I installed the window and trim with only a few minor bumps along the way.  
Here is the finished and trimmed out window:


I installed a deep ledge so I could put plants on it and I was planning to install roman blinds but decided instead that I wanted shutters.  I couldn't find any inexpensive shutters and none turned up at yard sales so I opted to build my own out of one 10' 1x8" board.

The window is 28" wide and the 8" boards are 7 1/4" wide (I ask myself why???).  I had to rip the boards down by 1/4 inch each to make them fit properly in the opening.  They're just a smidgen uneven, but it worked!!






So you measure the height and width of your window and allow 1/8th of an inch on all sides so that the shutters can move freely and you have space for your hinges.  I used T-hinges to attach the shutters to the window frame and butt hinges to attach the panels together.  Easy peasy & worked like a charm!!!

 I wanted the shutters to open and frame the window without blocking any of the light from the window.  Don't ask me how I lucked out on choosing my hinges, I managed to pick out just the right ones.  The whole thing came together perfectly.  Love it when that happens.  Total bill for my new shutters $40 (including taxes, hinges and knobs).  By the way, you can get away with spending way less than what I spent, I splurged on pre-primed pine boards.  MDF is not a good choice for bathrooms, but un-primed boards can be bought for much cheaper!





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42 comments:

Erin~Just*Grand said...

I am so impressed with this entire project and with you for tackling it! Love the shutters and the deep window sill. Great ideas!

Anne said...

Anne I LOVE this idea! So charming and practical too!
xx
Anne

Meg said...

LOVE them!! Now you've got me thinking I want some!!

XO

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

Anne, you are my hero! Fantastic job installing & trimming the window AND building & installing the shutters! Everything looks absolutely amazing :-)

suzyq said...

Have you done all this on your own Anne? I can't believe it!!!
Beautiful beautiful job!
XOX

Karen Cooper said...

Nice! Excellent job! Looks great!

Meeha Meeha said...

Great job with the shutters, as always! I love the deep ledge, it's perfect for the flower pots:)

Katie @ Creatively Living said...

Awesome! They look great!

--Katie

Eclectically Vintage said...

Your impossibilities challenge is looking good - look at all of the amazing progress you've made.

Those shutters are such a perfect touch.
Kelly

Cristina Garay said...

I love them! You did an awesome job!

EllenaElizabeth said...

Well done!!!!!!! And whoever would close a window up? I agree with you totally, I hate rooms without windows and bathrooms need a window so they can be aired out for one thing. The house we're in currently has the bathroom in the middle of the house so no window....and it's in front of the front door.....ew!

Mimi@blueroofcabin said...

You go girl! I feel like I may have said that to you many times before but seriously, you just go for it don't you! Love the shutter idea! The window looks great!

Cynthia said...

Great idea, I love shutters they add such charm. I had them in my old home.

Cynthia

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

You are so very clever to make your own! Love that you tore down the wall and "found" a window! What luck ...

:)

Linda

AnaMB said...

I am sooooo impressed! DIY shuters! And from the inside!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I'm really impressed! They look wonderful Anne!

Jennifer said...

Your shutters look great Anne! I admire the determination in all your creative undertakings! We have the same situation in our home-someone removed and then covered in the window that was in our bathroom. Now, it is a windowless room. Unfortunately, we would now have to cut a new opening and re-install a window.

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

Now THAT is a big step ... you're coming right along ... might want to consider breaking for the holidays. ;)

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

woohoo Anne! LOVE your new shutters. You're a brave woman my friend, to tackle that bathroom and the window!! you rock!

gail

sew sweet vintage said...

Renovations are hard work!!! Love yours and the shutters are awesome:) I posted http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2012/11/reversible-holiday-note-board.html Hope you can stop by:)

Heidi Lisa said...

AWESOME ANNE! I'm gonna be hitting you up for some of my near future projects.

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

This is over the top AWESOME!!!! I mean it -- I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! Fabulous job...delicious color...just picture perfect!!! sending hugs my friend and wishes for all things wonderful!

Villa Erikson said...

Anne, this is so amazing!!! You have a beautiful bathroom and it's made by you - must be an awesome feeling, right?

Karen Cooper said...

Commenting again - let's see if it works this time! :) xo

Cindy said...

Anne, You are a genius! I could not do that in a million years!!! And it looks FABULOUS.
Hugs, Cindy

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Anne...I am doing the "Happy Dance" for you!!...the window and shutters are just amazing....Fantastic job Anne!!!

My Little Home and Garden said...

I am so impressed! (I haven't dropped by in awhile and was wondering what you were up to at your home!)
-Karen

Jen said...

Very nice! I love that they fold up!

Tammy said...

You are Amazing! That window looks great!! Thank you so much for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Great idea...love the shutters. It works with this style decor..for sure. Looks pretty and EASY TOO.
PAT

Anonymous said...

That looks great!! You did a superb job on the window, I've had pros do window upgrades and they look no better than yours. I have no window in the bathroom off the bedroom (drives me nuts) but it's high so it hasn't been a privacy issue. You give me ideas if I can't find the size I'd need at ReStore. Ours usually has a ton of shutters.
Janet

Holly Lefevre (504 Main) said...

WOW! Those look amazing!

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

Fabulous! These pictures show tranquility...love them so much! And those shutters...WOW! I'm totally impressed! XO, Aimee

Anonymous said...

Your shutters are lovely. You did a very good job on them.

Yael from Home Garden Diggers

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

I too am impressed with your skills and the True Grit it took to even take on such a task. It looks FABULOUS , plus I so needed to see this.
I have a window in a corner- very weird location and this would be the absolute best solution to my dilema - especially in the colder months.
thanks so much for sharing your Genius with us and I will share this with my carpenter, so he can SEE what I am talking about versus just me trying to tell him..
thanks again.
Sonny

Rachelle Falcon said...

Wow amazing job! I am way impressed with your DIY skills- your bathroom is looking great!

Meg said...

Featuring your lovely shutters on this weeks All Star Block Party! Cause I love them!!

http://www.nutmegplace.com/2012/12/all-star-block-party-28.html

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

I love these! Thanks for linking up.
XO
Kristin

Bronx Shower Doors said...

Great article, can't believe you made that look easy as pie! Looking forward to more.

-Bronx Shower Doors
Mirror Installation Bronx

Karen at Bargain-ista.com said...

Adorable! Love the shutters! I am sure they look waaaay better than roman shades ;)

Laurie Dickson said...

Brilliant!!!! I love this idea! <3

Anne Leah said...

You're so creative! I would like to make custom shutters for my house someday. I like what you did. Where did you learn those brilliant ideas?