How to Paint Plantation Shutters

Painting Plantation Shutters: A Step-by-Step Guide

Painting plantation shutters is a great way to update your interior without having to splash out on brand new window coverings. However, it’s important to get it right in order to avoid damage and ensure an even end result. This post explains how to paint plantation shutters in seven simple steps, helping you achieve professional results regardless of your level of DIY ability.

Painted plantation shutters

Step 1: Remove the shutters from the window.

Unscrew the hinges and remove the plantation shutters from their frames. Ask someone to hold onto them as you do so as they tend to be heavy, especially if they’re made from hardwood. Next, remove the frames from the wall either by unscrewing them or by taking out any nails using a hammer and pry bar.

It may be helpful to discretely number each shutter as you go using a pencil so you don’t get muddled up. Their construction can often vary subtly even if they look identical so it’s important to remember which part goes where.

Step 2: Remove all hardware

No matter how steady your hand may be, painting around knobs, hinges and hooks will never result in as neat a job as if you were to take them out beforehand. Carefully remove all hardware, again making a note of each piece and where it belongs as you go along, and replacing any rusty, worn out or broken pieces as necessary.

Step 3: Give the shutters a thorough clean

Before you begin painting your plantation shutters it’s important to clean them carefully, otherwise the finish won’t go on evenly or stick to the surface properly. Use a vacuum cleaner, dry cloth or feather duster to remove excess dirt and dust, then wipe off any remaining grime with a damp cloth.

Next, use a liquid sander to give your shutters a deep clean and remove stubborn grease. This will also matte up the surface ready for priming and painting, without the need for hours of sanding.

Expert tip: When priming and painting shutters, we recommend using a spray can rather than a paintbrush. This will save you a lot of time and make it easier to achieve an even colour. It’ll also stop you from being tempted to paint right into the tiny gaps to the left and right of each louver, which can actually inhibit operation of the shutters later on. An in-depth guide to spray painting plantation shutters can be found here.

Step 4: Apply a primer

This is especially important if your shutters already have a coat of paint or finish. Apply a water-based primer to create a surface to which the paint can adhere, using a spray can for the reasons specified above. Leave this to dry fully before moving on to the next step.

Step 5: Paint the shutters

White plantation shutters
Expert tip: paint your shutters white for a clean look that gives an illusion of space

Select a well-ventilated area and protect surrounding floors and walls with newspaper.

Holding the spray can around 10 inches away from your shutters and starting at a slightly upward angle, move it slowly either horizontally or vertically, and then begin spraying. Take your finger off the nozzle before you come to a stop to prevent unevenness and drips. Use a dry paintbrush to brush out any accidental drips as you go along.

Repeat this motion until the whole of the shutter and its frame is coated, then leave to dry and move onto the next one.

Remember that lots of thin, even layers will look far better than one thick, uneven one, so go carefully and be patient. It may help to do a practice run on a sheet of newspaper before you begin painting the shutters themselves to ensure optimal results.

Step 6: Replace all hardware

Once your shutters are completely dry, carefully replace all hardware. You could also take this opportunity to oil the hinges and carry out any maintenance to the window frames as required.

Step 7: Re-hang the shutters

Finally, screw the shutters and their frames back into the wall, taking care to put each piece in the right place and getting someone to hold them until they are firmly secured in position.

And there you have it – perfectly painted plantation shutters.

If this all seems like too much effort or you simply don’t have time to paint your shutters yourself, Shutter Design can help. All our shutters are made to measure and professionally painted and finished by hand according to our clients’ requirements, saving you time and hassle.

Call 01423 359230 to discuss your needs and request a free, no obligation home visit (available throughout Yorkshire and the North East), or browse our website for more information on our plantation shutters and the service that we provide.

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