These adorable window shutters are perfect for a farmhouse kitchen—they offer privacy but still let in lots of light. Make them in a weekend with a few pieces of wood, some stain, and basic DIY supplies.
The shutters are also customizable. We chose a whitewash for our finish, but feel free to stain them darker to match the hues of your kitchen. We also chose iron hardware, but gold, copper, or brass would also look chic.
Cut 1x4s to length. You'll need 8 pieces total, and ours were 21 inches long. Then cut 1x3s to length. You'll need 4 pieces total, and ours were 13-3/4 inches long.
Editor's Tip: If you don't have a saw at home to cut the wood yourself, ask an associate at your local hardware store to cut the wood to length before you leave.
Use sandpaper to lightly smooth the cut pieces of wood, sanding in the direction of the wood grain. When you get to the ends of the wood pieces, sand down and around to get as smooth a finish as possible.
Editor's Tip: Sand down as little or as much as you'd like—a rougher grain will yield a more rustic look.
Lay out the vertical pieces of wood side by side. Place one of the cut 1x3s 2 to 3 inches from the bottom of the shutter. The horizontal pieces will act as a structural brace for the vertical pieces. Attach the horizontal brace, drilling one screw through each of the vertical pieces. Repeat with second cut 1x3, placing it 2 to 3 inches from the top.
Fill in drilled holes with wood filler and a putty knife. Let dry, then sand smooth any excess buildup.
Paint or stain the shutters desired shade. We opted for one coat of white paint to allow the wood grain to show through. Let dry before installing hardware.
Attach two hinges and one handle to each shutter. Then use a measuring tape and pencil to mark desired placement of the shutters on the window frame. Drill pilot holes, then attach shutters to the wall using a power drill to drive screws through the holes in the hinges into the marked window frame.