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Spray Painting Shutters for a Thrifty Exterior Transformation

by Sherri on September 22, 2014 · 0 commentsThis post may contain an affiliate link. Read my Disclosure Policy here

I mentioned Friday that we had a very busy week last week. One of the projects I did was painting our front door black. Well….I also spray painted ALL of our shutters black too!

It’s something I have been wanting to do for a very, very long time. But I had to enlist hubby’s help in dragging our humongous ladder and removing the shutters first.  Since we were getting our roof replaced last week too, I knew I could convince him now would be a fabulous time to help his wifey.  I’m the lover of projects in this house. Hubs just goes along with me when I need help thankfully.

So, here the lovely before picture.  We bought our house in 2005.  The previous owners liked a beige / tan them A LOT.   Roof is (was) brown too. Even the deck was painted a beige color.  I didn’t mind it but always had a bigger plan.

I had looked into replacing the shutters first.  But new vinyl shutters were going to run between $35 – $42 per window!  For our house, it would have cost $343.00, which was SO not in my budget.  Especially after saving for the roof! Oy!

 

before painted shutters

I hightailed it to Home Depot and bought 9 cans of this awesome stuff for just $3.87 per can.  Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch 2X in semi-gloss.  It has primer + paint!  Bonus!  I ended up only using 6 cans for a total of $23.22!

You heard that right.  Just $23.00 bucks for this HUGE transformation!

spray paint

Disclaimer:  Our shutters are old metal shutters and this spray paint worked wonderful.  It says on the can that it works on plastic as well though.

  • I laid all of the shutters, all 18 of them, on a big tarp in the front yard, I put on my lovely ventilation mask and started spraying.   I highly recommend buying the spray can gun attachment.  It saved my finger tip tremendously.   Also, be sure to wear latex gloves to keep your hands spotless. (almost)  I also  completely forgot to take pictures during my spraying. :-(
  • I started spraying along the edges first, holding the can about 6-8 inches away from the shutter. Then I sprayed all the way down the sides and across the top and bottom next.
  • Then, I sprayed the louvers starting and the top of the shutter and working my way down.
  • Next, I  walked around the shutter and lightly went over any spots I saw where the louver meets the sides.
  • I took me about 5-10 minutes per shutter.
  • I let them dry for 2 hours and we started hanging them back up.  Hubby was just about as thrilled to do this as he was taking them down.  I felt like a motivational speaker trying to convince how worth it it was.

I am super excited at how they look!  So clean and fresh.  They just “Pop” on the tan house.   Two of my favorite color schemes are a Tan house  with Black Shutters or White house with Black Shutters.  I had the latter on our house in NC.  Now I have the other fav here in NH.

Painting Shutters for Thrifty Transformation

Our roof was finished on Friday so I wanted to wait and take the finished transformation picture after that.  I chose a black roof too.  Shocking huh?

I just lerve it!!

painted shutters

Spray Paint Shutters for a Thrifty Transformation

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