The above video from Custom Coatings Inc. shows a professional painting plantation shutters. Fortunately, you can paint your plantation shutters like a pro by following these simple steps!
Step 1 – Remove your Plantation Shutters
Remove your plantation shutters from your windows. Using a pencil, lightly label the bottom of the shutter so you can distinguish where the shutter should be hung once painting is complete.
Step 2 – Remove the Hardware from the Shutters
It is virtually impossible to paint around the hardware on your shutters. Removing it will making painting a much smoother process.
Step 3 – Sand and Clean Plantation Shutters
For best results, you should sand and clean your shutters prior to painting. The paint will stick better to a rough surface. You can use a liquid sander product, a palm sander, or 220 grit sandpaper.
Step 4 – Prime and Paint Plantation Shutters
For best results, use an airless paint sprayer or use spray paint to prime and paint your shutters. If you plan to paint multiple plantation shutters, it may be worth the investment in an airless sprayer. Spray paint, at about $5 per can, can quickly add to a hefty price. You can purchase and rent a quality airless sprayer at Home Depot or Lowes for under $100. Make sure to do your homework before purchase to get the best value for your money!
There are a couple options on where to paint your shutters. The shutters can be propped against a work surface that can be painted, as shown the video above. When using this method, allow the paint to fully dry on one side before flipping the shutter to paint the other side.
A second option involves using an eye screw to hang the shutter in an open area. Screw the eye screw in the bottom of the shutter. Tie a piece of string through the eye screw. Tie the other end of the string to an object in an open area that will hold the shutter. You can tie to a tree branch outside, the top of your porch, or anywhere that provides you an open, ventilated area to spray the shutter. Using this method, you can paint both sides of the shutter at one time.
A third option is to hammer two long nails halfway into the top of the shutter and two long nails halfway into the bottom of the shutter. The nails will allow you to rest the shutter on two sawhorses, but the shutter will not be touching the sawhorses. You now have the ability to spray the entire shutter without having to touch the actual shutter. Using this method, you can flip the shutter before the first side is dry in order to paint the second side of the shutter.
Prime your shutters first. Hold the airless nozzle or the spray can nozzle about 1 foot from the shutter. While spraying, sweep each area twice. Constantly move the nozzle while spraying to ensure an even coat of paint. Allow 24 hours to dry.
Repeat the process for priming the shutters, but use paint rather than primer. Allow 24 hours to dry.
Step 5 – Attach Hardware and Hang your Shutters
Step back and admire your freshly painted plantation shutters!
Leave a comment and let us all know how your painted plantation shutters turned out! Happy DIYing, and here’s to being the DIY Boss Lady of your home!