New and Improved Window Shutter

Recently I shared the story of a window shutter that I built to cover an unsightly basement window.

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This is the first attempt. Wow…a great big fail!

old wood attached to a brick house to create a shutter

Here it is after our 2nd attempt.

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It wasn’t done but I still had doubts as to whether it was working. I wanted opinions so I posted and asked for your thoughts. 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 tried was a quick coat of walnut stain. Next I tried some faux hinges to make it look more authentic, even though it doesn’t open and close.

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I bought hinges at Home Depot but they weren’t the right size. I knew we would have to DIY our own so I drew out what I wanted and the hubs made some out of sheet metal. Once we knew they would fit I sprayed them, and some wood screws, with black paint.

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All 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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What 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ You can look at my beautifully large fern though. I can’t believe how much it has grown this summer.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!


I cleaned up that dirty, moldy fence. You can check out how easy it was and how good it looked, here

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  1. Debbie H
    Tuesday,September 2, 2014 / 7:04 am

    Oh much better. It now looks like a shutter.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,September 2, 2014 / 12:56 pm

      Thanks Debbie…much appreciated. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Tuesday,September 2, 2014 / 7:05 am

    I think it looks nice…reminds me of a barn window covering or something similar…rustic and different…makes a nice statement! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,September 2, 2014 / 12:58 pm

      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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ So glad you stopped by today.

  3. Dorothy
    Tuesday,September 2, 2014 / 8:48 am

    I like it! And isn’t it amazing what a plant can do.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,September 2, 2014 / 12:52 pm

      Yay…thanks Dorothy! A beautiful green plant always makes everything look better. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

  4. Susan M.
    Tuesday,September 2, 2014 / 9:02 am

    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…

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,September 2, 2014 / 12:51 pm

      It seems that all of my projects need a fair bit of “stewing” lately. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ll have to try some wood around it to see how it looks. Thanks for the suggestion Susan!

  5. Tuesday,September 2, 2014 / 9:51 am

    I am thinking it looks so real someone someday will be surprised trying to open it!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,September 2, 2014 / 12:47 pm

      Thanks so much Barbara!:)

  6. Shirlee
    Tuesday,September 2, 2014 / 9:23 pm

    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.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,September 3, 2014 / 12:02 am

      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.

  7. Monday,September 8, 2014 / 9:24 am

    Now THAT is the perfect way to cover up ugly basement windows…I have about (hold on I’m counting in my head) 6… you take orders to make more? LOL

    • Kristi
      Monday,September 8, 2014 / 3:55 pm

      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.

  8. Jeanne
    Monday,September 8, 2014 / 2:09 pm

    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.

    • Kristi
      Monday,September 8, 2014 / 3:59 pm

      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.

    • Kristi
      Monday,September 15, 2014 / 5:48 pm

      Thanks so much Shirley!:)

  9. Patty
    Monday,August 3, 2015 / 4:31 pm

    I really, really love the way that looks, and it would sure make a thief look elsewhere. now when can you come over and do mine? Tehehe

    • Kristi
      Monday,August 3, 2015 / 4:55 pm

      I’ll be there Patty! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks so much. I love how it looks, so much better than that ugly white plastic.

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