Flank a window with decorative outdoor shutters you can make yourself and paint for maximum impact.
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Choose the material based on the finished look your after, choose the rough sawn cedar boards for a rustic look if you want a stained finish, or pine for a cleaner design painted look.
Cut the following each pair of shutters; the center slats (A), narrow slats (B), and side slats (C) to match the height of your window. Cut the cleats (D) to length and lightly sand all of the boards to remove any rough edges.
From a 1/2-inch-diameter dowel, cut eight 1-1/2-inch-long pieces to use as spacers. Place the slats with the good surface facing up on a work surface with the ends flush, and insert the spacers between the slats.
When working with rough-sawn lumber like the cedar shown, you can use the smooth face or the rough face depending on your preference for the look of your shutter.
Using a framing square, align the ends of the slats and position the back cleats (Project Diagram). Secure the cleats centered across the slats with 1-1/4-inch deck screws or 1-1/4-inch exterior nails and waterproof glue.
Drill 1/8-inch pilot holes near the corners of the shutters. Apply an exterior primer and paint to the shutters, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Position each shutter against your window trim and centered vertically on the window; drill the mounting holes for the shutters through the pilot holes in the shutters. Remove the shutters and apply a waterproof silicone to the holes.
Reposition each shutter and drive the stainless-steel screws to secure the shutters to the wall. Touch up the heads of the screws with paint to minimize their appearance.