Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Painting the shutters white

If you sing it to the tune of  "painting the roses red", you could almost be fooled into thinking it's not that big of a job.  Almost.  It's a big ol' bear of a job!!  But, one that has to be done.  Here is my living room with the oak shutters.
I taped around the moldings and removed the shutters from the frame.  Zero wants to know why I moved the couch so far away from his favorite view.  Then I wiped them all down with a deglosser a couple of times so the paint will stick better.
After painting my office shutters with a brush and Hating. Every. Minute.  I decided there has to be a better way.  That better way is a spray gun.  I watched some videos online of how professionals paint shutters and learned a few tips.  One of them is to nail some long nails at each end to rest the shutters on while you paint. Genius.  This was the first time using a paint gun for me.  It took a little getting used to.  It goes through paint pretty fast, but I really only had to do one coat because it goes on pretty thick. And it's paint and primer in one.  I use Behr from Home Depot.
I also learned to use a ladder to put the shutters on to dry.  One of the videos was a company that makes plantation shutters.  They said the most popular shutter color is Swiss Coffee.  That's the white I use on all of my doors and trim in my house!  And that's what these shutters are painted in!
It's been a few days of work, but I'm excited to see them up and see the transformation.
Stay tuned.


Michelle Custodio said...

Nice. I think white custom shutters would fit to your home well. It would be more relaxing and lovely to stay there.

Nellie said...

Wow, they will look amazing!

Joey said...

You are one ambitious girl! They look amazing!!!

Amy_T said...

you are amazing and so creative, i just love your blog!

Annette said...

What a difference they look amazing. A lot of hard work!!!

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