DIY Rustic Shutters for $10

I love shutters. If I could get my hands on more shutters, my house would be full of them.  Instead, I've taken to building my own.   This week, I've been working on indoor shutters for the new window I installed a month ago - holy crap, can it be a month ago already?!  Time sure flies...


Aren't they cute?!  I love them!!!


To build them I took the window measurements and played around with different wood sizes until I came up with a design that I liked that would work with the amount of space I had.   I used 1x4s and 1x2s to create four panels, two for each side that would be hinged together.  I allowed 1/2" in my width measurement for the hinges and it worked out perfectly!  I also allowed 1/4" for the height measurement so that I had proper clearance for the shutters to move without hitting the window ledge.

The wood that I bought was so rough, I spent about an hour sanding it all before I even began to cut the pieces to size.  That being said, the wood only cost me $6 and the hinges cost $4 so I can't complain - what a great price for a window treatment!


I used butt hinges to hinge the panels together as well as to attach them to the window trim.


I also wound up sanding the parts of the braces that meet up with the trim to a 45 degree angle so that the shutters could fold back against the wall neatly.  That was something I should have done before assembling all the panels.  In hindsight, I should have done that on all sides of the braces to make them look consistent...   




A single coat of white paint and a light sanding after it dried allowed the wood grain to show through.  I used Ikea knobs I had on hand from a dresser makeover.  I like the effect they created.  I also stole the hook from another set of shutters I found at a yard sale.   I'm pretty thrilled with the way they look and you can't beat the price!


And if rustic shutters aren't your thing, check out the other set of indoor shutters I built for my bathroom

DIY Indoor Shutters from One Plank of Wood


You can get the details on these shutters HERE

If you want the details on how to install your own window, click HERE

Thanks for visiting!





With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!!




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91 comments:

  1. YOU GO, GIRL!

    Absolutely amazing, you are a true inspiration to us all.

    Well done, totally awesome shutters - and so inexpensive, sheesh!!!!!

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  2. I love it Anne!

    I have been on and off considering building simple shutters too, but I have to make a commitment to drill into concrete. We have to do it right the first time; if we don't like the result, the concrete is marred.

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  3. Your shutters are adorable!
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

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  4. Ann - Your shutters are just precious! Love them. You did a wonderful job. I am your newest follower. Look forward to reading your blog.

    Judy

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  5. Really great job. I love shutters too!

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  6. Amazing job, Anne! I can't belive you did this by yourself!

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  7. They are just perfect! I always cringe when I see shutters that are too small for the window. Even if they are stationary, they are supposed to APPEAR as if they can cover the entire window. Lovely, Anne.

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  8. Your shutters look great Anne, love the price too!

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  9. These look awesome!! Great job.

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  10. I just love your shutters! They are so darling! Very impressed you made them yourself!

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  11. I just love them, they are so adorable! So wish you lived near. smile

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  12. These shutters add a great element to an already fabulous window! You'll be wanting to get a planer now ... buy rough-cut boards and spend an evening happily sliding them through until they're smooooooth! Have a great week Anne :) Wendy xo

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    1. I DO want a planer. I've seen a few at yard sales but they always look in rough shape. I'll find one! Thanks Wendy xox

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  13. They are so great. I am loving it! Regards, Pascale

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  14. Add so much character at such little cost. You rock!

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  15. Anne these are so charming. I love when you do these type projects. Thanks....

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  16. Very cute shutters and so great that you made them yourself.

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  17. Anne, these shutters look so perfect on your new window. Once again, you inspire me with your skills!
    Marie@InteriorFrugalista

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  18. You are amazing Anne, these came out great! Love the antique touch they add.

    Cynthia

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  19. Seriously Genius!! I LOVE these Anne. Pinned :)

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  20. WAY TO GO!!! I am a tad bit scared of power tools... but I really want to learn. These are amazing Anne. Good job! :)

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  21. These are over the top AWESOME!!! No bones about it! Pinning ~ Amy

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  22. Amazing.....I love it......I want some too now

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  23. you've amazed me again! Those turned out so cute! laurie

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  24. Sooooo sweet, I love them. I am so glad you made them so they actually cover the window. I saw another comment about that and I could not agree more. I don't like the faux shutters but love shutters that work. Great design once again.

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  25. Amazing what charm adding shutters did!
    This is the same design my hubby used in the past-my favorite.

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  26. Anne, those are lovely! I have never had shutters and since I'm probably going to live in town next, they are a great alternative to curtains. Nicely done girl!

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  27. I am SO doing this when we move Anne - just gorgeous
    And that artwork is AMAZING !!!
    Have a great wknd
    Hugs
    Suzan

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  28. I love these and now I want to make some! Great project!

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  29. Anne!

    I LOVE this project! I saw it on Pinterest....but I didn't know it was yours! Just pinned it to the bhg Fall board!

    Happy day!
    karianne

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  30. I LOVE the shutters, Anne!!! They are really great, you have inspired me to see where I could possibly put some!

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  31. Oh my gosh! I seriously LOVE these!! I have been looking for shutters for our powder room for the longest time and cannot find any style that I like. Thank you for sharing! I am definitely going to put this on our list of home improvements (maybe hubby will bump it to the top for me)! :)

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  32. Great idea! I love these!!!

    Suzie @ Dorothy Sue and Millie B's too

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  33. You are so handy and are always such a great DIYer! Most people would have bought ready-made shutters. I admire the fact that you made yours yourself. The laundry room window was such a nice addition and looks great with your shutters.

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  34. Oh how pretty! I love the shutters, they are beautiful and add so much charm and character! Beautiful!

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  35. They are incredible Anne...you are a master of DIY...beautiful window!!!

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  36. I am back... to feature these on I Love That Junk this week. Thanks for the eye candy! :)

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  37. These are so cute! Found you through Timeless Treasures.

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    1. Thanks Katie! So glad you popped in!

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  38. Wow. So cute. It even looks easy enough to actually do!

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  39. Love your shuttered window! Pinned:)

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  40. This looks incredible, Anne! Way to go! I had to shout this from the roof tops- Pinning and tweeting!!
    xoxo
    Becca

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  41. Hi Anne, great blog you have here. I'm from BC, too, (Victoria). I'm constantly amazed at how many Canucks are floating around in blogland, lol.
    You have a new follower, I'll be back often!

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  42. Yes I know I am late....so behind in my reading.WOW holy cow they look amazing Anne! Just saw this shared by Donna at Funky Junk! I wish I had a kitchen window to do this but alas I don't .Still....Hmmmmmm would love to do this on another window.Thanks for the inspiration it looks amazing!
    xx
    Anne

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  43. Hopped over from Coastal Charm...these are wonderful, Anne!

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  44. Clever idea and they are adorable.

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  45. Love these shutters Anne and they looks so perfect on that window too. I'm featuring them at Shabbilicious Friday tomorrow :)

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  46. I love shutters but have never thought about having them as it was too expensive. I will be dreaming of new possibilities now!
    Sarah x

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  47. Anne,
    These look amazing. I love them. You are great with tools my dear!!! Great job.
    Kris

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  48. I am sooooo with you, Anne! If I could have shutters throughout my entire house, I would! lol My hubby and I built some shutters very similar to yours and put them in my kitchen, hallway, and bathroom (which I posted about on my blog during the past year). I just adore them! I'm ready for a set in the guest room next. :) Great job on yours!!! Love them!

    xoxo laurie

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  49. Anne - I love these! They're so homey! I am also a fellow shutter addict!

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  50. Love love love those shutters Anne!! They look great!

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  51. Love these shutters! So cute! We found you from That DIY party. Pinning! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much - so glad you popped in!

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  52. Another DIY masterpiece, Anne. You know I love these shutters, and if I could I'd have them on every window in my place. So cottagey. And you only spent $10. Well done!

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  53. Wow those shutters are so cool. You did an amazing job on them!!

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  54. Yes, these shutters are super cute and I love them! They add a whole other layer of style dimension to your space. You just keep wowing me with your projects!

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  55. Yep! Love those shutters! Especially with the rooster! Love, love, love!

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  56. Want these in my master bath - thanks for the tutorial!

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  57. These look totally AMAZING ANNE!!!! Love love love! I was sooooooooooooooooooo thrilled to see you with us today on Junkin Joe...missed you and just so HAPPY to see you! TONS of hugs and WOW...this shutter project is SPECTACULAR!!!!

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  58. I love the shutters. and yours look amazing!

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  59. Cute....I would to have some at my kitchen window. Nice job.

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  60. This is awesome!! I cannot wait to make these! Thanks so much for shaaring.

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  61. *Jaw Drop* Those seriously only cost $10? They are absolutely adorable in that space. I've never considered putting indoor shutters in our house, but I think they would be amazing in our little bathroom! Awesome!

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    1. Thank you Megan! Yes, bearing in mind that I built these several years back so prices may have gone up a bit, but I used the cheapest cuts of wood available at the lumberyard because I wanted a rustic appearance. Turned out pretty cute even if I do say so myself!!! xo

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  62. Do these do a good job of blacking out the room? I want to do something more stylish than roller blinds.

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    1. Yes, absolutely! There's a bit of light that gets in due to the hinged panels, but it's minute.

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