In full confession, painting the shutters on my house has been on my to-do list for longer than I care to admit! But, this weekend, I finally got to them and wow, am I glad! They turned out sooooo nice (if I do say so myself!)
Here is the before picture of my shutters, faded from the sun for the last 20 years!
- Before removing the shutters, I sprayed them off with the hose to get any build up behind them such as old wasp nests, etc.
- Then, I removed each shutter, making sure to place them so I knew which one came from where. There were only four, but I wanted to make sure they went back to the same place.
- I got 24 new matching screws, the original ones were 20 years old! Each shutter used six screws.
- I placed some 1 x 4’s so I could lay the shutters down, but kept them above the grass.
- Then they sun-bathed until dry!
- Painting begins! I used a spray paint for plastic and outdoor use. This took about 1-1/2 cans.
- Once first coat was dry, it took a few more times to spray over areas that were not quite covered.
- An extra step I took was taking the new screws and stuck them sharp side down into a cardboard box. Then I spray painted the heads of the screws to match when I put them back on the house.
There you have it! Don’t they look much better!? Seems to brighten up the house, I think!
What have you done lately to brighten up the outside of your house?
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