DIY: California/Plantation Shutters w/ basic tools
The purpose of this thread is for entertainment/educational purposes only. I am not creating this thread to promote shutters nor am I here to persuade you. I know it is not for everyone. If you want shutters for your home but can’t justify the cost, this might just be the thread for you. It is a lot easier to make than you may think. If you still have questions after reading this thread, feel free to ask me anything about shutters. I have over 15 years of experience in this industry.
Here is my cost break down for the window I used as an example: 22"x46" window.
Stile - 8' @ 1.98 = $15.84
Rail - 4' @ 2.28 = $9.12
Louvre - 21' @ 1.28 = $26.88
Aluminum Tilt rod - Half of the rod is $7.49
Rear Louvre control pins - 13pcs is $2.60
Standard louvre pins - 7 pcs is $1.05
Tension control pins - 6 pcs is $1.20
Pair of hinges $2.98
Magnet kits $4.48
Grand total for one panel is $71.64. Please note that this is just for the shutter components only. The finish/labour is not included because it varies significantly depending on the finish you want to use.
PREPARING YOUR WINDOWS
Most people don’t need to do this step but since I am in the process of renovating my entire house, I get to replace all of the casing with my own custom made moulding. I started by ripping out all of the old casing
Original window casing
Remove the old casing
Remove the old window jamb
Replaced it with new window jamb & try your best to make it as square as possible. It would be nice to use a laser level for this but if you don’t have it, your basic spirit level will do just fine.
Reinstall the new moulding. I custom made this moulding but you can get a similar profile at Lowes.
Fill all nail holes, caulk all of the seams & paint