How to Build Board and Batten Shutters

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I have wanted to build new shutters for a couple of years.  I finally talked my husband into “helping” me and I love them.  Usually I am his helper when it comes to wood work, the usual holding and handing assistant but for this one I used all the power tools as much as possible. One of my 2014 goals is to build more projects myself and so I wanted my first post of this new year to be a wood working project.

So here you go: How to Build Board and Batten Shutters.

Shutters-How to build board board and batten

First step was to remove the old, ugly and faded shutters.  My husband was not as excited for this part as I was.  Removing the shutters from the attic window required a bit of thought and danger….and the truck, lots of safety straps and a few prayers.  Even our daughter was making sure he was safe from her bedroom window.

Shutters Before


For this project I used the least expensive wood possible.  I didn’t mind that the wood wasn’t perfect, actually I wanted it rough.  So I purchased 1×4 pine boards.  You will need to measure your window length to see what size you need.  I would still recommend 4 boards wide, I just think it’s the most proportional but you could always do 3 or 5.  For cutting the boards to length we used our power miter saw.  Very easy tool to use.

Next my husband marked each board for the pocket holes we would make using our Kreg Tool Pocket Hole Jig.  This is a very handy and easy to use tool.  I took part in drilling many of the holes.  No exact science to where the holes need to go.    We just went in about 6 inches from both ends of the boards.  The pocket hole is a hidden screw hole that is made in order to hold two pieces of wood together. Makes for a very secure joint that is hidden.

Shutters-measuring and cutting

Make sure to secure the wood tightly in the jig so that it doesn’t slip when you begin to drill.

I would also recommend that you always use Kreg screws when using a Kreg jig.

Shutters-Kreg Tool Pocket hole jig

Shutters-pocket hole

For the front of the shutters I wanted to boards for the decorative part.  We placed them 16 inches from top and bottom then screwed these in from the back so as to not have extra holes to patch on the front of the shutters.

Shutters- Front Decoration

Although I wanted the rough wood I didn’t want bleed through on my final paint coat so I used the Zinsser Shellac Base to seal the wood.  I used a Valspar exterior paint and had it custom mixed from a Sherwin Williams paint color called Black Fox.

Shutters-zinsser primer


My husband pre-drilled holes before he secured the shutters to the brick.  After that I patched the holes with an exterior wood filler then touched up the paint.  Sorry, no pic of me hanging out the windows to do this :)

Shutters-Drill hanging holes

Shutters on second story windows


This Spring I plan on doing some landscaping in the front yard so I will be sure to add more pictures of the entire house.  Until then, I hope you are inspired to build something yourself.

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  1. I’m in love. But I’m needing clarification. The pocket holes and screws are used to attach the boards together correct? This is a VERY cool project. Pinning and sharing definitely! :)
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  2. Great project and it really adds to your curb appeal. One of these days I’d like to get to the point that I could do a woodworking project on my own but right now I am definitely at the hand holding stage!
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  3. They look awesome! Love the color with the brick!
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  4. These are beautiful Sonya!!!
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  5. LOVE your shutters Sonya! Super tutorial and what a WOW! They’re like the icing on your beautiful brick home!
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  6. I love everything about these shutters… I want to add shutters to the front of our home… might have to just make them ourselves!
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  7. Haha, is it bad that I’m the one who taught my husband how to use wood working tools? And maybe I’m missing the obvious, but are these shutters decorational only? Or can they actually be shut?

  8. These look great. I hope I can talk my husband into making some of these for our house. I have asked many times. I know he can make him if I can just get him to do it.
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  9. hi

    beautiful board and batten shutters project. i wish i could do thismyself,someday
    God bless you all

  10. Just what i want for my house! Yours look great. Thanks for the tute.

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