Building a Basement Window Shutter

Just to warn you…this is a project that Mr. Cยฒ and I did (umm, twice to be exact…hangs my head in shame) and I’m really not sure if I like the end result.

Let me start at the beginning. Our basement has windows that are covered with some kind of white plastic, that the previous owners put on, and metal mullions that need some work. One of these windows is visible from the back yard and it’s appearance really bugs me.

Building a Basement Window Shutter | Chatfield

The grass looks sparse because this pic is from Spring right after we moved the brick walk.

We’ve discussed painting the mullions and removing the white stuff but we don’t want people to be able to see inside, so I came up with the idea to put some kind of window shutter over it. I knew what I wanted and could see it in my mind’s eye but it didn’t exactly turn out that way. If you are reading this and looking for a pretty after picture, you won’t get that today. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I just wanted to keep things real and show you that all of my projects don’t always work out like I planned.

We started this project a few weekends ago. The plan was to do this for free and to use the wood from the fence gate, that I took down a few months ago, to build a simple window shutter.

Building a Basement Window Shutter | Chatfield Court.comFirst we made a frame to go inside the window so that we could attach the boards.

Building a Basement Window Shutter | Chatfield You can really see in this picture that the mullions need attention. Now this is when things go wrong. I was working on the guest bedroom and Mr. Cยฒ said he would put the boards up for me. After some discussion and even a drawing to explain my vision, this was the result.

Building a Basement Window Shutter | Chatfield Court.comNot what I had envisioned. I looked at it from all angles and I tried really hard to like it, but to me it just looked like we boarded up the window. I didn’t want to hurt my husband’s feelings but when he asked me what I thought I had to tell him that I didn’t like it, and then I had to tell him that it had to be redone. I’ll spare you all his colorful response. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Anyway, he apparently looked at my drawing the wrong way and put the boards horizontally instead of vertically.

So this past weekend we set out to rework the wood. We cut down the planks a bit and put them up vertically. It won’t be a working window shutter with hinges but we did try to make it look like one.

Building a Basement Window Shutter | Chatfield Building a Basement Window Shutter | Chatfield Court.comThis is the result. We did clean the wood with bleach and water and I was thinking about staining or painting it once the wood is dry but I’m just not sure I like it. I think it definitely looks better but I still get that “window boarded up” feeling. I don’t know…maybe add some kind of hardware? Start over…again? What do you think?

I will leave you one pretty picture that makes my husband and me happy. After 20 years of living in the South and not being able to grow a productive garden, we have success! Yay! Bring on the BLT’s. ๐Ÿ™‚

Building a Basement Window Shutter | Chatfield

Just a note about safety in case of fire. The windows in our unfinished basement would have to be broken in case of emergency and we could easily push through the shutter to get out if needed.

Building a Basement Window Shutter | Chatfield

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  1. Kim
    Monday,August 11, 2014 / 8:28 am

    I really like the shutter. Sometimes it takes us time to grow into something we’d envisioned differently. There’s a shock factor to any decor item we add to our homes. I think a hinge at one end and the handle at the other (from the gate you used) would add a special touch. Or, a hinge at each end so it would look like two doors that meet in the center. (Just a thought.) Your patient hubby deserves a hug, at the very least. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Kristi
      Monday,August 11, 2014 / 3:17 pm

      Thanks Kim. Maybe you’re right about it taking time to grow to like it…I know my husband would agree. A hinge and handle sound like a great idea. I’ll try and see how I like them.

      Thanks so much for your thoughts and input. Oh…and I give my husband a hug every day just for putting up with my crazy ideas. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Susan M.
    Monday,August 11, 2014 / 8:57 am

    I agree… probably not the best solution but I’m willing to bet the perfect idea will come to you!

    • Kristi
      Monday,August 11, 2014 / 1:33 pm

      Thanks for your input Susan! I know my husband won’t be glad to hear it, but I’m sure your right that if I look at it long enough I will decide what is right for this window.

  3. Dorothy
    Monday,August 11, 2014 / 12:04 pm

    I don’t like it. Can’t you just put up regular white shutters and coat the window with some plastic, or use white blinds inside?

    • Kristi
      Monday,August 11, 2014 / 1:32 pm

      The one problem with this window is that it is so small so I don’t think a regular white shutter would fit in there and look good. I do appreciate your input. Thanks!

  4. MaryJean
    Monday,August 11, 2014 / 12:42 pm

    You really got me laughing with all your comments! I could just hear my hubby saying a few of those censored words! The finish version is much better indeed. How about some hinges like they used on barn doors (you know, the big V shaped ones), but without the attaching part. That might make it look like a real door . . . maybe?

    Anyway, thanks for brightening my day, now I have to go give an Orientation and back to work!

    • Kristi
      Monday,August 11, 2014 / 3:23 pm

      I’m glad that our home improvement misadventure brightened your day. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It is funny after all is done but while it’s happening…oooh, my husband is not a happy camper.

      I think that hinges sound like a great idea and I will definitely test them out.

      Thanks so much for your visit and for your input.

  5. Sunday,August 17, 2014 / 4:14 pm

    Very creative! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays ๐Ÿ˜€ Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

    • Kristi
      Sunday,August 17, 2014 / 9:16 pm

      Thank you Shanice. I’ll be sure to stop by your link party. Appreciate the invite.

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