Follow this easy DIY tutorial to learn how to make board and batten shutters. Using this method you can build shutters of any size and add rustic charm to your home or cottage.
Carrie and I have a list of home improvement items that we’re constantly updating. As time and money become available we’ll pick a project off that list to work on. One of those list items that had been hanging around for a while was to refresh the look of the front of our cottage. For years, Carrie has been talking about removing the overhead power lines that feed into the front of the cottage as well as putting up decorative shutters around the cottage and pole barn. As you can see from the picture below, the two projects were intertwined as the power line feeding the meter interfered with the decorative shutters on the front of the house.
Because we wanted the costly electrical move completed first, the low cost DIY shutter project was put on the back burner. When we decided to put up a pole barn a couple of years ago, we finally had the opportunity to run underground electrical to the cottage.
It wasn’t long after completing the pole barn that Carrie started dropping hints that she’d really like some shutters on the cottage and pole barn! Fortunately for me, her taste in shutters is pretty basic, and creating them was a fun, easy, and cheap project. By following these simple instructions, you too can give your home or cottage a refreshed look!
How to Make Board and Batten Shutters
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These board and batten shutters are cheap and easy to make with minimal equipment. This is a great weekend project that can greatly increase the visual appeal of your home or cottage.
What you need:
- 1″ X 6″ Cedar Board – Number and length of boards will vary depending on your project
- 3″ Exterior Deck Screws – Quantity will vary depending on your project
- Exterior Primer – Quantity will vary depending on your project
- Exterior Latex Paint – Quantity and color will vary depending on your project
- Paint Roller and Paint Sponge
- Liquid Construction Adhesive – Quantity will vary depending on your project
- Caulking Gun
- Various pieces of lumber to create a jig for consistently assembling the shutters
1. Design and plan your shutters. Each window will require two shutter assemblies and each shutter assembly consists of 3 vertical boards and 2 horizontal boards. For each window, determine the height of the shutter you desire as well as the gap you desire between the vertical boards. Your horizontal board length will be determined by adding the width of the 3 vertical boards plus the 2 gaps of your choosing. Plan in advance to figure out exactly how many boards you need to buy. I was able to save some money by optimizing the length of boards I purchased to minimize wasted material.
2. Prime the boards. Lay out all your boards on saw horses and apply the primer with a roller. Make sure you cover all of the exposed edges and paint both sides.
3. Create a jig for consistent results. If you’re doing more than a couple of shutters the time spent creating a jig will be well worth it. As you can see in the picture below, I simply used some 2 x 4’s fastened with screws to create an adjustable assembly fixture. The top 2 x 6 simply floats and is used to press everything tight and keep the boards square. It’s important that you cut your boards square to start out with. I purchased a light duty sliding compound miter saw a few years back with a collapsible stand that has been a workhorse for me, making projects like this very simple.
Once you have the basic frame done, find some scrap pieces the width that you want your gaps and cut them to the length that you want the cross members to form the end. Make 4 identical pieces. You can see below that I used some extra trim pieces from another project. Once you have these you can lay in your 3 vertical boards and then place your spacers.