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Stars-and-Stripes Window Shutter Art

Turn an old shutter into a folk-art-style Fourth-of-July display with a star and stripes. Don't have an old shutter? Get the same effect with a paintable vinyl version.

Finished flag shutter

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

Few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • 2" angled paintbrush
  • 1" angled paintbrush
  • Straightedge
  • Sanding sponge


  • Vinyl shutter, #125125 (optional)
  • Valspar Duramax Paint: Snowcap White (#CI202), Cherry on Top (#CI229), Blue Ribbon (#CI253)

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Step 1

Scrape the old shutter (if needed) with a putty knife to remove peeling or flaking paint. Note: If you think the shutter could be covered with lead paint, wet it down before scraping, and wear a mask. Sand only if the paint is not lead-based, and then wipe clean.

Step 2

Paint the shutter using a 2" angled brush. (We used Snowcap White.) Let dry. Apply a second coat if needed.

Step 3

Draw your pattern in pencil for a freehand look, or use a straightedge if needed. We made 1-1/2"-wide vertical stripes and centered a star in the upper section.

Step 4

Use a 1" angled brush to paint alternating stripes with Cherry on Top. Be sure to get paint in the grooves of the shutter. Paint around the star with Blue Ribbon. Let dry.

Step 5


Sand with a medium-grit sanding sponge for a distressed finish.