If you’re looking for a simple and cheap DIY project then you’ll want to try to make these DIY Farmhouse Shutters. This project came to life using 1×4 fence planks making this a cheap and simple rustic farmhouse DIY project any new DIYer can do!
As I redo my entryway my home is becoming more and more rustic. I started with an entryway table and new I needed something to hang above the table. So I decided to make these shutters.
I totally winged it the entire project if I’m being completely honest. I knew I had a certain amount of space to work with and knew I wanted something that looked really raw and old.
This project was the simplest project I’ve ever made. If you want to try out a woodworking project this is the one you’ve gotta try!
Since I wanted a really old look I decided to use fence planks. Not only are they rustic to start out with but they’re super cheap. The 1x4x5’s I picked up were $1.50 each so this was going to be a cheap project for sure.
How to make farmhouse shutters?
The supplies you’ll need are:
- 5 – 1x4x5 fence planks
- Sandpaper or a sander with sandpaper
- Wood glue
- 1″ finishing nails
- Espresso stain
- White paint
- Crackle glaze
- Paint scraper
Time needed: 2 days.
DIY Farmhouse Shutters
- Cut fence planks to desired size and sand the edges
You’ll need 8 – 1x4x30″ and 4 – 1x4x14.5″
- Measure 4 inches from the top and bottom of the longer planks
This is where you’ll be placing the 14.5″ planks.
- Attach the 14.5″ planks
Using wood glue and 1″ finishing nails attach the cross support to the planks. Do this for the top and bottom of each shutter.
- Stain the shutters
Stain the assembled farmhouse shutters with espresso stain and allow to dry for a few hours.
- Paint the farmhouse shutters white
Using white paint, paint the shutters and allow to dry overnight.
- Apply crackle glaze to the shutter
Apply a thick coast of crackle glaze to the shutters and allow to sit for about 1.5 hours making sure that the glaze doesn’t dry completely.
- Scrape the paint and glaze
Using a paint scraper you’ll want to scrape off the glaze until you get the desired distressed look you’re going for. Watch the video for the full tutorial.
I’m thrilled by how these turned out. They are so simple to make and can’t wait to distress something else! Below is a video tutorial showing you the process of making these farmhouse shutters and most importantly the distressing process.