How to Paint Wood Shutters: A Step-by-Step Guide


Are your wood shutters looking a bit worn and in need of a refresh? Painting wood shutters can be a great way to revitalize their appearance and extend their lifespan. At Made in the Shade Oahu, we specialize in wood shutters and provide expert advice on maintaining and enhancing their beauty. We’ll bring the showroom to you! Read on to learn how to paint your wood shutters like a pro.

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Why Paint Wood Shutters?

Wood shutters are a timeless and elegant window treatment option that adds value and curb appeal to your home. However, over time, exposure to the elements can cause them to fade, peel, or crack. Painting your wood shutters not only restores their beauty but also provides a protective layer against the weather, ensuring they last for years to come.

What You’ll Need

  • Sandpaper (120-grit and 220-grit)
  • Primer (suitable for wood)
  • Exterior paint (latex or oil-based)
  • Paintbrushes (various sizes)
  • Painter’s tape
  • Drop cloths
  • Screwdriver
  • Ladder (if needed)
  • Safety goggles and mask

Step-by-Step Guide to Painting Wood Shutters

1. Remove the Shutters

Before you begin, remove the shutters from the windows. This allows for a more thorough and even paint job. Use a screwdriver to carefully detach the shutters and place them on a drop cloth to protect your work area.

2. Clean the Shutters

Thoroughly clean the shutters to remove any dirt, dust, or grime. You can use a mild detergent and water solution, followed by rinsing with clean water. Allow the shutters to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

3. Sand the Surface

Use 120-grit sandpaper to sand the entire surface of the shutters. This helps to remove old paint and create a smooth surface for the new paint to adhere to. Once done, switch to 220-grit sandpaper for a finer finish. Wipe away any dust with a clean, damp cloth.

4. Apply Primer

Apply a coat of primer to the shutters using a paintbrush. Primer is essential as it helps the paint adhere better and provides a more durable finish. Allow the primer to dry completely as per the manufacturer’s instructions.

5. Paint the Shutters

Once the primer is dry, you can start painting the shutters. Use a high-quality exterior paint that is suitable for wood. Apply the paint in thin, even coats, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly before applying the next. Two to three coats are usually sufficient for a solid, long-lasting finish.

6. Reattach the Shutters

After the paint has completely dried, you can reattach the shutters to your windows. Make sure they are securely fastened and check for any touch-ups that might be needed.

Tips for a Professional Finish

  • Use painter’s tape to mask off any areas you don’t want to be painted, such as hardware or window frames.
  • Choose a paint color that complements your home’s exterior for a cohesive look.
  • Consider using a paint sprayer for an ultra-smooth finish, especially if you’re painting multiple shutters.

Maintenance Tips for Wood Shutters

To keep your wood shutters looking their best, clean them regularly with a soft cloth and mild detergent. Inspect the shutters periodically for any signs of wear or damage and address any issues promptly. With proper care, your painted wood shutters will continue to enhance your home’s beauty and functionality for many years.

At Made in the Shade Oahu, we offer a wide range of wood shutters that are perfect for any home style. From classic to contemporary, our shutters provide both aesthetic appeal and practical benefits, including light control and energy efficiency. We’ll bring the showroom to you! Request a Free In-Home Consultation to see our beautiful selection and find the perfect shutters for your home. Contact us at 808-468-1704 or visit our website today.

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