Shutters have always been a “one day I’ll have these in my home” goal. I’ve always thought they looked incredible, but due to the cost never thought we’d realistically be able to afford them. Well this was until just before Christmas, when my “one day” goal came true!
I was browsing Instagram and came across a post by The Home That Made Me where they’d installed DIY shutters into their home. They had a discount code for 30% off, so we took the plunge and ordered some for our Living Room, Kitchen and Landing. They arrived in the week leading up to Christmas and today I’m so, so, SO excited to be able to share them with you.
Before we installed the shutters we had wooden blinds up at the windows that were left by the previous owners. They fit the windows well but they weren’t the nicest colour wood and I always felt they were a bit dark for the room. However, as they weren’t too offensive we were putting up with them for the moment:
They don’t actually look too bad in these photos, but when they were closed there was quite a lot of wood in your face and it really seemed to stand out in the living room against the navy and white.
In the kitchen and hallway they probably weren’t as noticeable, but again I felt they jarred with the rest of the room.
When the shutters arrived we were a little bit overwhelmed with the packaging – for 4 windows we had 11 boxes! However, once we’d got ourselves organised by room it was relatively straightforward. Frames had a box each and then most of the shutters had their own box as well.
California Shutters, which is where we ordered ours from, have a video tutorial online that we’d watched before ordering. You always think these things are going to be much more difficult to install in real life, however it really was quite simple. You build the frame, fix it to the window (with the fixings provided) and then just hang the shutters. The most nerve wracking bit was making sure the frames fit the windows. However California Shutters were fantastic and rang before confirming our order to check sizes and the placement of the tilt rods.
For context, Simon is pretty good with DIY and it took him 4.5 hours to install the 4 shutters. The first probably took the longest, but we did have a break for lunch in that time as well.
And they look INCREDIBLE. I’m not bragging here or being big headed (well, only a little), the difference they make to the room is really amazing. When they’re shut at night the house just feels so cosy, and no light gets in from outside at all. It’s like having our own little oasis.
We’ve only ordered them for the downstairs (and we forgot the cloakroom) but subject to funds we’d definitely install them again. By installing them yourself you can also make quite a big saving compared to some of the bigger companies that will come and measure and install them for you.
What do you think? Have you got shutters in your home? If so, please share – I can’t get enough shutter love!