If your windows are the eyes of your home, your shutters are the eyelashes. Beyond their aesthetic value, shutters are practical, as well. They provide security, protection from the weather, and the prevention of discoloration from the sun.
Most homeowners would agree, though, that the primary purpose of shutters is the decorative attributes. The right shade of shutter will improve the exterior appearance of your home, and likely even increase its resale value.
If you are thinking that your home needs a facelift, you should think about painting your shutters. You would be surprised by how much a couple of coats of new paint can completely change the exterior look of your home.
For all your home painting needs, your go-to painter should be Select Painting. Contact us today for your free estimate.
If you are ready to start painting your shutters now, we salute your go-get-em attitude. And, with you and your homes needs in mind, we are here to help. You can check out our tips to paint like a pro here. Just follow our simple guidelines to paint your shutters correctly. Increase your home’s visual appeal without breaking the bank.
If you want to paint your shutters, you have two basic options. These two ways of going about painting your shutters are spray paint and traditional brush paint.
Traditional Brush Painting
Preparation is key
As any DIYer will tell you when you undertake a home improvement project, the actual meat of the project may be the least time-consuming part of the task. In order to ensure that your project is a success, you need to prepare properly.
Before you begin painting, you need to give your shutters a good cleaning.
- Using a mixture of one part bleach to four parts water in a spray bottle, rid your shutters of any mildew or mold
- Use a mix of household detergent and water to scrub away any signs of grime
- Use a hose to thoroughly rinse your shutters of any dirt, dust, and bleach/water mixture residue
- Using a clean cloth, immediately dry your shutters to avoid any potential damage.
- Place your shutters on a drop cloth and allow them to air dry, preferably in direct sunlight.
As an added precaution, make sure you protect your skin and eyes whenever you are working with bleach. Additionally, you must protect your pets, yard, and plants as bleach is harmful to anything living. Wear protective eyewear and gloves and don’t spray around your pets or plants.
Also, avoid using a pressure washer when you hose down your shutters. The extra force will likely chip or crack the material. The water damage is easy to avoid, but it will be challenging to repair.
Pick your paint color
It is always a good idea to match your shutter shade to the color of your window trim. This will give the effect that the two pieces are really one. On the other hand, you can also paint your shutters to match your trim.
The most important thing is to choose a color that compliments your home’s overall aesthetic. Avoid colors that clash or anything too ostentatious.
If you have a modern home, you can go with a brighter, more vibrant color. Think bright blue, charcoal grey, forest green, or bright red. For a more traditional home, stick to the classics, like white, cream, or black.
As far as the actual paint selection goes, it depends on the material of your shutters. For wood, choose an exterior latex paint. For vinyl, higher quality exterior acrylic paint.
Ready, set, paint
When you are ready to begin, remember these tips and tricks.
- Don’t work in direct sunlight
- Only paint if the humidity level is moderate or low
- Only paint if the temperature is in the 50-90 degree Fahrenheit range
When all the conditions are right, it’s time to paint!
- Before you begin painting, apply a primer. This first crucial step will allow for better coverage of the topcoat because it increases adhesion.
- Paint the slats first, starting from the top and moving down.
- Use lighter brushstrokes in newly painted areas to eliminate unwanted brush marks.
- When painting, apply two or more coats of paint. Read the paint can to find the manufacturer’s recommended drying time for each layer.
- Avoid smudging, chipping, or smearing by allowing the paint to dry completely before you re-hang them.
Prepare before you paint
As with traditional painting, you need to prepare your shutters before you paint them. To clean your shutters, follow the steps outlined above. Make extra sure that there is no residual dust or dirt on your shutters as they will show up more prominently with spray-painted shutters.
You should also purchase a drop cloth to use for the painting process. While this is not an essential step for traditional brush painting, when it comes to spray painting, you will want the extra protection.
Ready, set, spray
When your shutters are clean and dry, it’s time to get spraying. Once you are ready to begin, follow these simple steps.
- If there are any areas of the shutter you don’t want spray painted, use painter’s tape to cover.
- Only paint in a well-ventilated area.
- Hold the spray can at least 6-8 inches away from the surface and paint the shutter with a side-to-side sweeping motion. You want a slight overlap, but not too much. You will get the feel of it the more you paint.
- Allow each coat to dry for 30-60 seconds before applying the next one.
- Apply as many coats as you need to reach your desired appearance.
- Allow your freshly painted shutters to dry at least 8 hours, but preferably overnight, before you reinstall.
Whichever painting method you use, if you follow our tips and tricks, then we are confident you will be more than satisfied with your results. You will be amazed at how happy you are with your new shutters.
It might even feel like you are walking into a brand new house. With all the work you just put in, you should relax and enjoy the results.
For all of your painting needs, contact Select Painting. Get your free quote and plan your next big project today.