New and Improved Window Shutter

Hey, hey…I hope you had a great holiday weekend. A few weeks ago I shared the story of a window shutter that I built to cover an unsightly basement window.

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Here it is after our 2nd attempt at attaching it.

New and Improved Window Shutter | www.chatfieldcourt.comIt wasn’t done at this point but I had some doubts as to whether or not it was working so I posted and asked for your opinions. Some were for and some were against but I was still not sure. If you’ve been reading Chatfield Court for a while then you know that I don’t give up easily, so I decided to work on it a little bit before taking it down and calling it quits. The first thing I did was to pull out my trusty dark walnut stain and give the wood a quick coat. Next I decided to try some faux hinges to make it look more authentic, even though it doesn’t open and close.

New and Improved Window Shutter | www.chatfieldcourt.comI bought some hinges at Home Depot but they weren’t the right size, so I drew out what I wanted and Mr. C² made some out of sheet metal. Once we knew they would fit I sprayed them, and some wood screws, with black paint.

New and Improved Window Shutter | www.chatfieldcourt.comAll that was left to do was to screw the fake hinges on. I also attached a latch to give it a real shutter feel.

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New and Improved Window Shutter |  New and Improved Window Shutter | www.chatfieldcourt.comWhat do you think…does it look like a shutter or am I fighting a losing battle?

Please excuse the mold on the fence and the bald grass, ripped up by neighborhood skunks, our yard is a huge work in progress. 😉 You can look at my beautifully large fern though. I can’t believe how much it has grown this summer.

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20 thoughts on “New and Improved Window Shutter

    • Thank you Deb! It is rustic…so not what I saw there when I had pictured a shutter on that window. Sometimes projects don’t turn out like we pictured them…well for me anyway. 😉 So glad you stopped by today.

  1. I knew that if you “stewed” on it for a bit you’d come up with something! Wondering if you were to frame it out if it would look more finished and intentional? Hard to tell in pictures…

    • It seems that all of my projects need a fair bit of “stewing” lately. 😉 I’ll have to try some wood around it to see how it looks. Thanks for the suggestion Susan!

  2. I must have missed the first post on installing a shutter on the window. The finished product reminds me of the old cellar entrances on old homes. Personally, I think it’s charming and an interesting feature.
    I would trim it out and stain it the same as the other wood though.

    • I remember those cellar doors. We had one on our house when I was growing up. Someone else also suggested trimming it out. It’s a great idea and I’m going to see if I can get it to work but there is no extra space to attach any more wood without drilling into the brick and I don’t want to do that. I will try though and let you all know what happens.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Shirlee. It’s so great to hear from you.

    • So funny Christine. I have a few more myself, maybe 6?, but this is the one that is most visible. Once some bushes are removed, I may have to make some more. Thanks so much for stopping by today.

  3. I like it. I always heard “if you wanted to make something look intentional repeat it. Maybe you could create similar shutters to put alongside the window that is above it. As for nailing … my mom hot glued some shutters to a brick house several years ago. It wasn’t a permanent solution but it worked for quite a while.

    • Some good ideas Jeanne. We’ll have to see what next summer brings, my outside work consists of cleaning up the garden and getting ready for winter lately…ugh. I appreciate the input and your visit.

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