Before . . .
. . . after!
The "before" was cute, of course, because my mom styled it and she is good at this stuff. (Yup, I got my talents from my mom.) However, the style wasn't my own personal taste and I really wanted to make this house "my own". The home we sold in Moncton, I styled it more towards what I knew buyers would be looking for as we went into it with a 5 year plan in mind. This house, we hope to never have to move out of!
I'll show you the 'vision' I had for this. I usually plan more detailed things out using a program on my laptop. This was no exception. Although the colors didn't portray accurately in my computerized rendering, it still pretty much summed up the look I wanted.
The "how-to": Measure from the top of your window trim to the bottom of your window trim to gain the correct measurement for the height of your shutters. You determine how wide you want them to be. Keep in mind how they will fit and look when you make that decision. For these, I chose them to be nearly 11" wide in their installed full width.
I bought the stain at Dulux. They have a sale on right now until July 9th, buy one and get one free. So, Dad & I went halvers and each got a gallon of stain, a quart of exterior paint, and some supplies.
I chose semi-transparent stain. Only one coat is needed and only one coat is recommended. I brushed the stain on, taking care to not apply too thickly so as not to have drips.
The "how-to": Prep your door by washing it down thoroughly (I used TSP) and sanding any rough places. Of course, carefully tape off any areas you don't want painted. If you are not using a sprayer, I highly recommend a Wooster Feather roller. That is what I have been using up until now to achieve the best finish.