Shutters are popular pieces of artwork for the house. They are versatile and blend well with most styles. If you haven’t tried a craft like this before, you’re in for a treat. If you want to use stencils, consider using a Cricut machine to make your designs.
This is my version of the shutter. I use words to dress them up. First off I flip it to the wrong side to decide where I want the letters. Once I decide the placement I get to work.
I hate the tilt rod showing, that is the piece that controls the louvers. I run a bead of wood glue along the bottom of the shutter so they are secure. The louvers are facing up so when I turn it over they will be down. For this project I used wood from a pallet. I cut two pieces to size for each shutter I’m working on.
This will finish the sides and allow it to be snug against the wall. Otherwise the tilt rod will interfere. I glued and nailed the boards to each side. I used my compressor with the brad nailer but you can use a hammer and nails if you don’t have one. Once that is accomplished the fun begins.
I have a little list of words to use when I get the urge to make these. This time around my words will be sun, sea and welcome. I usually wait for the wooden letters to go on sale at Hobby Lobby. Michaels also has a nice selection. Sometimes they won’t have all of the letters you need so be prepared to go to the next word on your list.
Using the DIY chalk paint, I painted the shutters with a couple of coats of Sherwin-Williams Creamy on both sides. Then two shutters got painted with a color from Lowes called Sea Swell. I thought that was appropriate since one of the words is sea. It is a Neon color, boy it is bright. I also painted the letters in the same color.
To calm it down I used a Sherwin-Williams color that coordinated with the Sea Swell. I used the DIY chalk paint recipe but diluted it a wee bit. Then as I painted I wiped it back with a damp paper towel and a dry one. When the paint dried, I poured a coordinating darker color into a small container and got an old tooth brush. I flicked the paint all over one of the shutters to give it a different dimension.
The Sun was painted in the Sea Swell. Then I combined the left over coordinating color in the Sea Swell and did the final coat of paint on the SUN. I lightly sanded the shutter and letters and waxed them with clear. This shutter got the SUN glued on it.The other shutter in Sea Swell got a different look.
I dried brushed white over the shutter and the SEA letters. This look was also waxed with clear wax. It turns out I didn’t even need to do the base coat of the creamy since I didn’t distress either shutter. Sometimes I change my mind in the middle of a project.
For the shutters with Welcome I knew I wanted them in a neutral color. I happen to be rummaging around in my garage and came across some shells. The colors were perfect so that was my inspiration.
I painted one shutter using the DIY chalk paint in medium brown. It is a Sherwin-Williams color called Less Brown. I used a very light pink called Rosily on the other shutter. Of course I mixed it up as a chalk paint. The final coat of paint is a color called Hush White. It has the slightest tint of pink. I used this on both shutters. The Welcome Shutters got a sanding with the 100 grit and then 220 grit sandpaper to distress them.
I used clear wax on all four shutters. On the Welcome Shutters, I also wiped on the dark wax to give them a more vintage look. I used a waxing brush to apply the clear wax and the wax buffing brush to remove the wax. After I waxed the shutters, I used wood glue to glue the letters on the shutters. I found it interesting that using the different colors as the second coat of paint changed the look.
See how easy it is? And you can get so many different looks.