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Welcome to “Cedar Oak Cottage”. You got that right. I named our house. I think it’s about time, don’t you? My husband was up on the ladder hanging these shutters and we had a discussion on it. I chose the word cedar, due to the cedar shutters 😆 . I chose the word Oak due to the 1 million oak trees surrounding our house. And now, finally, after our latest DIY transformation “Exterior Cedar Shutters (the reveal)” I truly believe we are ready to use the word “cottage”. These cedar shutters truly made our house look a little more like a cottage.
Here’s a bunch of before photos…
Pay no attention to the big chip of paint off our house below or the hostas that were eaten by the deer. Stay focused on those shutters.
This next one really shows the problem we were having. Our (real wood) shutters were finally showing their age after 25 years. They could have at least waited until they were 40, geesh.
I know they don’t really look that bad, but a few more Winters and these wrinkled up peeps were going to need real help. I was ready now. Plus, just look how “plain” they are. They look good, but there is no wow factor.
The originals were a very traditional style. I actually felt like they were a little “stuffy”. They matched the house perfectly before we moved in. Now a days though, matching isn’t always a good thing, you know? I like to mix it up. Traditional, rustic, farmhouse, modern, eclectic, mid-century …I like all of it.
In addition, if you have followed us over the years, you will remember how we have added stained wood throughout the interior of our home to give it that rustic cozy vibe I am so fond of. Here’s several examples:
And here’s the kitchen…just look at all that WOOD.
We finally started spreading our wings last year and took the wood outside. Here’s several examples:
So, now you know why I thought it was time to put the wood icing on the house and give Cedar Oak Cottage some gorgeous rustic stained cedar shutters. Luckily, my husband agreed and we got busy.
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The first step was measuring the old shutters and ordering the new ones. The length was very important for obvious reasons. The width could change, but not the length. We found our cedar shutters on-line at Home Depot, but I also found some nice ones on-line here:
The second step was removing the old shutters. Be careful because there were a ton of spider eggs under our shutters. In addition, they did not come off as easy as you would think they would. These shutters have been on our house for over 20 years so all the harsh weather really sunk that screw into the wood and it would not budge. My husband ended up using a crow-bar to get them off. The good news is, he managed to save 2 of the shutters for a Christmas repurposing project coming up later this year.
The third step was staining and sealing the shutters. I took on this job myself and I will tell you it was a lot of work, and took a couple weekends because of the time involved in drying (read the labels). I was very sure to take all precautions such as good ventilation, and proper disposal of rags and paint brushes. Here are the products I used:
The fourth, and final step was hanging the shutters. This was a pretty intense project, so I do recommend hiring a professional. When it came to screwing the shutters into the siding, that was pretty straight forward. However, screwing into brick (mortar) can be very tricky. Here are some of the products my husband used:
I absolutely love how they give the house an entire new “cottage” vibe. The stained wood is beautiful when the sun shines on it.
I kind of feel like Rapunzel is going to let down her hair here.
One quick note about the stain, and then I will let you enjoy the rest of the tour. We used interior stain and exterior sealer. The guy at the hardware store nearly had a tizzy fit when I told him. We have had fantastic results with the products listed above. Note to self: you can use interior stain outdoors as long as you seal it with exterior polyurethane.
This is where it all comes together. The porch, the window box, the garage doors, and now the cedar shutters…
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