Updating old shutters with paint

Hello! I hope you are enjoying this beautiful fall Saturday. My middle sis and I recently completed a whirlwind DIY project that has made a major impact on her home’s curb appeal.

She wanted to paint all of her 24 shutters from a dark brown to a more modern, greige color. Here’s what her house looked like before:


Sis took all the shutters off the house and scrubbed them really well. They already had a rougher, chalky finish, so there wasn’t a need to sand them down prior to repainting them.

We lined all the shutters up on a drop cloth. The paint we used (Olympic® ONE Paint+Primer) was designed for use on this type of surface.


To make the process go way faster, we used the HomeRight® Finish Max Pro* sprayer.


In my personal opinion, I think the HomeRight Finish Max Pro works perfectly for larger projects that require thicker paints – shutters, outdoor applications, etc. – while the HomeRight Finish Max is best when I need an ultra-smooth, glass-like finish – interior furniture, hardware, crafts, etc. Don’t forget to enter to win your own here

It was late in the evening when we sprayed the shutters, so I apologize I don’t have any pics of the spray-painting process. #Bloggerfail

I also apologize to my neighbors who were probably wondering why our front yard was lit up like a football stadium at 9 p.m. 🙂

But the results were worth it! Two coats of paint+primer and the shutters were done.

Here’s what sis’s shutters look like now:

Painted-shutters-CU-2 Painted-shutters-CU Painted-shutters

What do you think of the transformation?

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7 Responses

  1. Tina B says:

    Wow! Who would think such a simple (simple as in “easy and cost effective”…not simple as in “fast”) change could make such a huge impact? The new shutter color makes the whole house look fresh, as if it had a fresh coat of paint, too. Nicely done!

  2. Annie says:

    Great update! Always a fan of “tone-on-tone” trims!

  3. Linda J says:

    Well done girls! What a change. I wish I had that tin roof! The color is perfect.

  4. brenda says:

    wow. you both aced that one. completely It completely transformed and upgraded her house.

  5. Big Mega says:

    Thanks again for helping me out sis, I could never have done all those shutters in 2 days by myself, and that Max Finish Sprayer is Ah-Mazing!

  6. Carol Grund says:

    Beautiful transformation!

  7. Margaret says:

    I love this new look..great impact..and I must say that I love the fact that the house is staying in the fam..lol..but better looking, now..your a great sister indeed

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