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I’ve wanted wooden shutters for my kitchen windows for a while now, but I don’t want to pay those home store prices for them. Pallet wood shutters seemed like a reasonable substitution, considering pallet wood’s availability and affordability. So, I pulled down those out of style curtains, my hubby took some measurements, and we got started on our DIY wood shutters!
Supplies needed to DIY your own wood shutters
- Reclaimed pallet wood
- A reciprocating saw – we use a Dewalt brand cordless saw
- A portable table saw – we bought ours from Lowe’s
- 4 – metal hinge sets with nails
- 4 – decorative hinge sets with nails
- 2 – door handles or knobs
- Nail gun or hammer & nails
- Palm sander
- Chalk paint and brush
- Drill/driver – I use a Dewalt, my husband uses a Makita
- Measuring tape and a pencil
It's time to pick out your pallet wood!
We aren’t too picky when it comes to pallet wood, so we just choose a pallet and start sawing the pieces off with a reciprocating saw. You can use a variety of other tools for this step as well, such as a pallet buster or a crowbar. However you can separate the pallet is up to you.
Start by measuring your window frame. Our kitchen window, which is where our shutters will be, is 34.5″ wide and 34″ tall. So, we cut the length of our pallet wood pieces to 33.5″ each. For each shutter, we used six pieces of pallet wood, three pieces per side that would be separated by hinges. Pallet wood slats are approximately 3″ wide. In order to achieve the size we needed, we cut down the width of the middle slat of the inside fold of each shutter to 2.25″. You can see in the picture below how the middle slat of the left three pieces is not as wide as the other two slats on either side of it.
This is the tool that we used to cut our pallet wood pieces; a portable table saw.
Next, we cut cross sections to attach each set of three slats together. For each half of each shutter, we cut four pieces; two 9″ sections for the outside half and two 8.25″ sections for the inside half. These pieces were attached approximately 4″ from the top and bottom of all four shutter sections. In the picture below you can see one of the pieces underneath near the bottom of the right half of the shutter. We used a nail gun to attach these pieces.
After our cross pieces were attached, we scooted the halves together and added two hinges to each shutter.
Here they are after the front cross pieces and back hinges are attached. They are now ready to be sanded and painted.
Before we sanded, we placed them inside the window to make sure they were going to fit and to place our front hinges.
After we were happy with the fit, we attached the hinges to the inside wall frame, right where our cross pieces were. We then set the shutters back in place, holding them level at the bottom (with screws lol), and attached the remaining side of the hinge to our cross pieces. Once we did this, we took everything back down, took all of the front hinges off, and sanded and painted the shutters.
I used a palm sander and sanded the entire surface and edges of each shutter. You can see the difference in the two below. The one on the left has been sanded. See how nicely it cleans everything up? You don’t want to skip this step.
After sanding, we painted. I used Kilz brand chalk paint in white. The paint brush I used came from Dollar General. You don’t have to use an expensive brush for pallet wood.
The technique that I used was to just not completely coat the surface. You can see where I left parts of the wood exposed. This was on purpose so I could achieve that rustic appeal.
I absolutely LOVE how they turned out! <3 What do you think?? Don’t forget to leave us some comments!
One of our last steps was to paint our front hinges and our handles. We decided on black.
After they were dry, we attached the completed shutters back onto our window frame using the hinges. Then we attached the handles to the center of each inside slat.
Check out these gorgeous DIY wood shutters!
How beautiful are these, y'all?!
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