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Strip Those Wood Shutters before Repainting

wood shutterIf you’re planning on repainting your wood shutters, it’s important to do it right. If you’ve ever noticed how some shutters –or even the window frames in some homes- are painted over the old coat, you know how this makes them look. The old paint, especially if it’s done in a more rushed, haphazard way, will coagulate in the corners, so that the more times you paint it, the deeper the piles of dried paint becomes. This will also expand outward, making the shutters appear to be old and poorly maintained.

Then, of course, you need to consider the cracking and chipping that commonly occurs with wood shutters. In most cases, wood shutters will be exposed to the direct sunlight for at least a few hours every day. No matter whether these are indoor or outdoor shutters, it’s going to affect the wood and paint finish.

If you attempt to simply run a coat of paint over these wood shutters, you will still see the cracks and chips that were caused by drying and cracking. New paint might certainly cover up these imperfections, but you will still see the cracks and chipped out areas.

Once the paint dries, the cracked or chipped original paint will continue to chip and crack. This will likely cause the paint to eventually peel away, so you would then not only have the fresh paint flaking off with the old, but you’ll have an uneven finish and surface.

The only way you should ever repaint your wood shutters (and you can repaint them almost as often as you want, which will help to prolong the life of those shutters) is by stripping the old coat of paint from them first. Use a paint stripping chemical, scrape the old paint away, and then lightly sand them to a smooth finish.

Be sure to get into every corner so that once you repaint them, they will look brand new when you secure them back around or over your windows.

Innovative Ideas for Your Old Wood Shutters

reclaim-wood-shuttersWhen you are removing your old wood shutters to replace them with new shutters, don’t immediately throw them out. There are actually quite a few things that you can do with old wood shutters that can be quite unique, or that could benefit someone you know.

Repurposing old wood shutters is one of the best ways to take care of your environment and the world around you. It’s also a great way to save money and even have some unique items in your home.

Sand down those old wood shutters, repaint them, and donate them to a friend or family member. Even though you preferred to replace your old wood shutters with new ones, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the old shutters are hopeless.

If you enjoy working with tools and taking on small home improvement projects, and you know a friend or family member who would love to have wood shutters but couldn’t afford them (or couldn’t justify the expense), you should strip the old paint down, sand them smooth, and then repaint them before giving them to your friend or loved one. This could be a great gift idea they would always appreciate.

Unique headboards.

You can take your old wood shutters and refinish them with a rustic color, such as grey or brown, and have them positioned over the head of your bed. This can make an interesting and unique headboard that could potentially transform your bedroom.


Taking old wood shutters, gluing and securing them in a square, and having a base inset in the square, you could create some unique outdoor planters.


In the same vein as what you would do with planters, you can create some nice, unique end tables, or even coffee tables using your old wood shutters. The side slats would provide a completely original style that would be ideally suited for the rustic, classic farm look in your home.

There are nearly endless ideas for what you could do with your old wood shutters. All it takes is a bit of imagination, some elbow grease, and a little sense of adventure.

When you’re replacing your old wood shutters, don’t just throw them out; reuse them. If you have a different idea for what to do with them, share that with others who are looking for some great ideas, too.