We have a rental house that we are trying to sell. This is the 2nd time it has been on the market in the past year. I am hoping it will sell this go around. It has desperately needed shutters on the exterior windows in the front of the house. But they are not cheap, especially when you have to have them made into custom sizes (for example, these windows are tall and skinny and super close together).
I looked online for a while trying to find a tutorial about how to make your own shutters. I did not really find anything - so Christopher and I just came up with our own method.
Here is the house before - Silently screaming, "HELP ME PLEASE".
Here's the scoop. We went to Home Depot and bought 2 large pieces of inexpensive thin plywood. We had already figured out the measurements for each shutter (8 total), and had them cut the pieces for us right there at the store. We also bought super cheap thin long strips of wood to frame them.
Christopher drilled the thin pieces of wood around the edges of each "shutter" to create a frame. And then added a couple of pieces in the middle.
The finished result...
After all 8 were finished, we spray painted them with a glossy black exterior paint.
And here is the house after the shutters were installed (he just drilled them directly into the masonite siding). SO MUCH BETTER. And the best part - EVERYTHING for this project cost a total of $64.
When I was getting quotes to have them custom made, they were going to be at least $100 each ($800 for 8)! Crazy. I would say $8 each is MUCH BETTER. :)
You can't even tell they are "homemade" and super inexpensive. They add some much needed curb appeal to the front of this house - and hopefully will help attract a buyer soon. Fingers crossed!