Six years ago we completely gutted out our living room and the bedroom and bathroom above the living room. Insulation was added, drywall hung and finished, completely new bathroom installed in the upstairs and hardwood floors laid in the living room and the dining room. The woodwork in the living room was all removed to be stripped, painted and put back in. A year ago, 5 years after the project was started, I finally convinced my hubby to just go buy new wood and at least get the woodwork up around the two windows in the living room.
This year, I finally saw accomplished what I have asked to have done by Christmas – for 6 years! I’ve had 2 sets of shutters that came off an old church hanging out around here just waiting to be hung at my windows. On the inside. Instead of curtains.
Shutters as Window Treatments. I wish I could put vintage shutters at all my windows I like these so much!
I do have to admit that in one way I am glad it took 6 years for my husband to finally get the shutters ready to be painted and hung. If I’d painted them six years ago I would have used latex paint. About a year and a half or so ago I discovered chalk paint and would have used that. But now?
I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out. Shutter Grey topped with a thinly mixed layer of Grain Sack, then hemp oil and lastly a bit of white wax here and there. I love the color, I love the look, and most of all I love the functionality.
They close at night for complete privacy. The girls like to close them during the day when they watch a movie. We still need to install the baseboard and the trim around the door into the living room – maybe within the next 5 years or so
My husband had to add a strip of wood along the outside edge of each shutter to make them wide enough to cover the windows and come together when closed.
Notice the glass of wine on the cart? He needed that to get through the process
I didn’t bother to keep track of how many times he took each shutter down to make minor adjustments to the notches or the way the hinge was attached. I do know it took him 2 hours just to get the shutters hung at one window. His attention to detail is rivaled by no one I am quite sure.
The space under the windows still needs some trim added and a paint job. It’s been long enough that the whole room needs painted and I’m planning on a color change when I decide to tackle the ‘repainting-of-the-whole-room project’. Why make things easy on myself really??
I am so happy with the way they turned out. Now if the weather would just warm up maybe we’d get in the mood to finish up this trim project and cross it off the list. Stay warm and I hope you are well stocked with bread and milk – LOL!!!
Sew a Fine Seam
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