Spending time on Pinterest is not a good idea, or at least, not a good idea for anyone trying to save money! Those cute little home decorations? Must buy! That nifty little kitchen gadget? How have I lived my life without it? I will admit, there are too many things that catch my attention, including the home DIY tutorials. Where do I even begin? There are so many things that I need to do to my house, and there are so many things I want to do to my house. But some of these updates and projects are out of my budget right now. How many of you are there with me?
So I got this brilliant idea: to spray paint the house shutters! Simple? Yes. Inexpensive, i.e. cheap? Yes! I just so happened to have some spray paint at the house, and a good bit of it too. It was for one of my husband’s project that never really got to happen. So I decided to repurpose it! And even if you don’t have any spray paint around your house, it’s sold everywhere and it’s super cheap.
I would recommend you get Rustoleum. It’s a great paint and it dries wonderfully. Rustoleum will dry quicky and doesn’t feel sticky, while giving a nice smooth finish.
So about these shutters…they’re almost 20 years old and it shows! Although they were once blue (maybe green?), they have since faded into some shade of slate gray/blue. Before we gave them a fresh coat of paint, I never realized how much they just blended into the house siding.
The process began with the shutters being taken down and wiped down. I just used a broom to get the spiderwebs, dirt, and pollen off. If you like, you can do a more thorough cleaning. Due to the shutters’ age, I would like to invest in some new shutters soon; not to mention, the paint was free. So for us, this was just a quick project to spruce up the exterior of the house.
We made the mistake of not marking which shutters went where–please don’t make this mistake! It really does make a difference and your life will be so much easier if you mark your shutters. Depending on the style of shutters you have, you may even want to mark which side goes up and which goes down. Trust me on this.
Next, we laid the shutters onto a drop cloth in the back yard. Be sure to paint in a well-ventilated area, so in other words, do this outside! The fumes are pretty strong and I recommend you wear a face mask.
Tim painted the fronts and sides of all the shutters, not bothering to paint the backs. They won’t be seen so we used that as an excuse to save on paint.
And now, they pop! Painting the shutters put so much life back into the house and instantly took years off of it. The shutters now act as a bold accent while still complimenting the softer tones of the vinyl siding and white trim.
This project was inexpensive and easy to do. Hope this inspires you to do a little sprucing up. See you outside! 😀