Friday, June 24, 2016

DIY Shutters on Vinyl Siding

There's one little window on our house without shutters on it. It always seemed a little bare to me.

There isn't a lot of room on either side of the window. I used some scrap/repurposed 1x4s for the long pieces and 1x3s for the short pieces to go on the top and bottom. I used paint sticks to separate the two pieces on each side.

After I gave each piece a good sanding, I decided to prime and paint everything before screwing it together, so the painting process would go a lot faster and I could better control drips in between the two boards.

Once I screwed the top and bottom pieces on, I did some paint touch up over the top of the screws.

I decided to attach them temporarily with hooks, so I could make sure I liked how they looked before doing any drilling into the vinyl. I got these hooks vinyl siding hooks (affiliate link) on Amazon.

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They are actually really strong and don't come off without some finagling. The bottom of the hook juts forward a bit, so I smashed it with my hand to make it more flat with the wall.

I measured how far down the hook was and added some wire wrapped around some little screws on the back.

Then I just slid the wire on the hook. I'm not sure how long they'll hold up in the wind without some more permanent attachment, but for now, they feel really secure. 

It's a small difference, but I love the result. Next, I think this window needs a window planter to go with the new shutters.

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  1. Cute addition - small touches can really make the look.

  2. Very clever, looks great and makes the front of the house match so much better now. Thanks for stopping by and sharing with us at Merry Monday. I hope you have a great 4th of July weekend!

  3. Installing vinyl siding is quite easy, and in fact can make for a fun family activity-granted those members of the family are physically able. You're likely installing vinyl on a new home or renovating your current home. See more here home improvement