When we were building our home 7 years ago we were given the choice of shutters or no shutters. Well, shutters, of course. Without hesitation, I said yes. I’ve always had this thing about shutters, especially on a brick home. I like them. I think they help a house say “welcome”.
Notice the birds on the roof? Just another way to say welcome.
The time came this past Spring when my welcoming shutters needed a new paint job. Since painting the front door turquoise…3 years ago…I had been toying with the idea of changing the color of the shutters as well. I’m always up for a change. Even if it takes a while getting around to it.
Our shutter painting project hit a slight snag when I realized…
I have a 2 story house…with shutters on the 2nd story of my 2 story house…and a husband who isn’t terribly fond of heights…and me who’s not terribly fond of heights…and we don’t own a ladder over 8 feet tall.
Pooh! What’s a bit of a challenge for the sake of change?
When I painted the front door I painted the surround as well. So many have asked the color of the trim around the door. I wish I knew! It’s a hodge-podge of several attempts to darken then original color.
Above, you can see the shutters framing the dining room window in respect to the front door. It was time to go brown.
Enter my handy husband who graciously agreed to paint all 5 sets of shutters except the one set on the second story. I’m a bit embarrassed to say several weeks went by with the lower shutters brown and the one, lone, upstairs window with black shutters. My neighbors were probably wondering if we intended to leave it that way.
In the meantime, after looking at my solid brown shutters for several weeks, I decide to use a dry brush technique and paint a bit of black on each of the brown shutters to give them dimension. Here you can see the (r) before and (l) after.
The day finally came for painting the second story shutters. Thank goodness there’s only one window up there.
After borrowing an appropriate size ladder from a neighbor, I climbed to the top and proceed to paint as quickly as possible.
Now, at this point you’re probably wondering why on earth we didn’t just hire someone to do this for us! You’re not alone. The exact same thought kept running through my head… repeatedly. That and the thought of what am I going to do if I drop this paint can.
Though, he may not be fond of heights Scott had no problem holding the ladder for his strong-willed wife with the “I can do this” attitude. He was with me the whole time.
Now, for the pic I honestly can’t believe I’m showing you. Clearly, not my best angle.
This is the window to my son’s bedroom. While painting the shutters brown I propped the paint can on the window ledge using the chair to keep it from tipping into the bedroom. The open window gave me a place for leverage as well. It was quite nerve wracking being high enough on that ladder to reach to top of the shutters.
In this pic, I’m dry brushing on the black and counting the seconds until I can say DONE!
Even with the heights, scary ladders and prickly holly bushes it was worth it. I’m very pleased with the results.
Praying it’s another 7 years before we have to paint again.
So many of you have asked to see the front of our home to get a better idea of how the turquoise door relates to the brick, shutters, etc. Sorry it was such a long time coming. I gave up waiting on the perfect landscaping (aka the taming-the-out-of-control-rose-bushes, planting pansies, new mulch, etc) because it just may not happen this year.
I hope this helps a few of you who may be contemplating painting your shutters or a new color for your front door!
PAINT SOURCE – The original brown paint I used for the shutters was Status Bronze by Valspar but it wasn’t dark enough. I took the remaining paint back to the store and had them add black to darken it. Looking at a Sherwin Williams Fan Deck, the color is close to Brainstorm Bronze (7033) and Smokehouse (7040) though still slightly darker. The black that was drybrushed onto the shutters was flat black paint.
Find the turquoise door details here.