Tuesday, January 14, 2020

DIY Bathroom Shutters


DIY inside shutters in the bathroom | On The Creek Blog

DIY inside shutters in the bathroom!

I’m secretly trying to convince my husband to do one small home project every weekend.  If you follow along over on Instagram, then you already know what last weekend’s project was…

Bathroom shutters!

We’ve had a set of old shutters in our basement forever & I thought they would work perfectly in the bathroom.  One of our bathrooms has a huge window so I wanted a little more privacy.  I also thought they would look super cool (spoiler:  they do!)!
DIY inside shutters in the bathroom | On The Creek Blog
DIY inside shutters in the bathroom | On The Creek Blog

I finally convinced my husband to help me with them last weekend.

First, he did some measuring around the window & determined they would need a frame.  The shutters were slightly smaller than the window, so building a frame for them would make them fit snugly into the window.

Since we work on random projects a lot, we always have random wood pieces around.  Luckily, we had some pieces that worked perfectly for the frame.
DIY inside shutters in the bathroom | On The Creek Blog
As you can tell, I didn’t take a lot of ‘before’ pictures.  I was super into making Instagram stories about this project, so there are more ‘before’ glimpses over there (saved in the ‘shutters’ highlight!)!

So once my husband built the frame, it was time to paint everything.  At first, I was going to paint the frame to match the original color of the shutters & then paint everything another color & distress everything back down.  I was all set to paint the frame first, but then my husband needed to make adjustments to it, so I ended up painting the shutters first.  I was really loving the shutters being a solid color without distressing, so I just decided to go with everything being a solid color. 
SW Agreeable Gray | On The Creek Blog


The color I used was Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray.  I actually got this little test paint color & a couple other ones from the thrift store!  This was my first time using this color & I really like it!  After a couple coats of paint on everything, it was time to put it all together.

The shutters have pins in the top & bottom which allows them to turn.  We drilled holes in the frame to accommodate this.  The frame we built is actually 3 sided.  We also took the window trim off for unrelated reasons (that I’ll get to in another post!), so we just used that to our advantage.  We drilled holes in our actual window sill plate, so the bottom of the shutters sits in there.

Once we had everything together, it was time to place it in the window.  It fit perfectly.  We secured the frame to the window using finishing nails.  Then, we put the trim boards back on & it was all together.
DIY inside shutters in the bathroom | On The Creek Blog
DIY inside shutters in the bathroom | On The Creek Blog
DIY inside shutters in the bathroom | On The Creek Blog
DIY inside shutters in the bathroom | On The Creek Blog

After looking at everything, I noticed a couple spots that needed paint touch ups.  So I decided to try distressing a small area to see if I would like it…& I ended up loving it!  I only distressed the actual shutters because the frame was a different color underneath, so it wouldn’t look the same.
DIY inside shutters in the bathroom | On The Creek Blog
DIY inside shutters in the bathroom | On The Creek Blog
DIY inside shutters in the bathroom | On The Creek Blog
 We bought a couple of small latches to keep the doors closed.  I love that I can open & close them when I want!  They’re currently open right now with the sunshine pouring in!
DIY inside shutters in the bathroom | On The Creek Blog
It turned out even better than I was hoping!
Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray | On The Creek Blog


Source List
-  Shutters // Thrifted
-  Shutter Paint Color // SW Agreeable Gray 
- Cabinet Latches

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