November 5, 2012

Shut up, Shut up.

Last week Mr.B and I were talking about what we wanted to get for the wall the couch is on. It just needed something like some artwork – and we really wanted a couple of vertical pieces for each side. So the other night we were talking about all of our ideas and projects we want to work on.

I showed him some pictures of shutters and said that I we should think of a spot where they would work inside for us. His light bulb went off – the window behind the couch!

We talked about it a little bit – and then before we went to bed we pondered how many boards would look good and he decided that he’d get right on it the next day.

The window is 36” so we needed roughly 18” for each shutter so that it would look proportionate. We used five 1 x 4’s. The finished width of each shutter is 17.5” and the height is 61".

The Freckled Redhead - Shutters
To give them character and charm we made the Z pattern. Mr.B attached everything using the Kreg Jig so that none of the screw holes were visible on the front.

The Freckled Redhead - Shutters
Red is the color I've been trying to add into the living room as my accent color. ( The pillows on the couch and accessories. ) We decided that we really wanted them to be red – we had some left over paint from painting the exterior door and the shutters. We decided to use that because we had quite a bit left – it is Weather All Ultra Premium for Vinyl/Aluminum in Pinot Noir.

The Freckled Redhead - Shutters
It’s hard to take pictures in the basement and this red just wasn't reading well – it’s a deep red. Not the bright red seen in the bottom of the upper picture. I normally paint stuff with a small roller, but Mr.B got me a brush and I was out of small rollers. In the end I was glad because it gave it more texture and would help with the rustic look we were going for.

The Freckled Redhead - Shutters
Our coal stove is pumping out the heat so by time I got finished doing the second shutter the first one was ready for a second coat just to touch it up and vice versa.

The Freckled Redhead - Shutters
After they sat downstairs and dried for 2 hours or so. I took some sand paper and roughed up in random spots. I did the edges and in between the boards.

The Freckled Redhead - Shutters
Then I decided to dry brush on some stain and then wipe it off so that it gave it the aged old look.

The Freckled Redhead - Shutters

The Freckled Redhead - Shutters
Here’s how they were looking after some sanding and a little bit of stain.

The Freckled Redhead - Shutters

The Freckled Redhead - Shutters
We let them dry overnight so they could cure and Mr.B hung them up the next day. He just used some screws and then painted over the screws so that they blended in.

The Freckled Redhead - Shutters

The Freckled Redhead - Shutters

The Freckled Redhead - Shutters
We are so happy with how they came out. We wanted them to look aged, rustic and worn and that is exactly how they look.

The Freckled Redhead - Shutters
We really needed something for that wall and the shutters were perfect! For now we have the sunflower up and that other picture, but eventually we’ll either take them down or put something else up there.

The Freckled Redhead - Shutters

Our next order of business in here is the lamps. We looked many places this weekend for different bases to use for DIY lamps and we've landed back at the drawing board. I’ll keep you updated I hope to have something figured out by the end of the week.

What did you do this weekend? My sister is without power still so I’m thinking of all those who were effected by Sandy and hope that some relief is in sight.
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