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The Best Idea To Make Door Shutters To Add Style To Your Home

Have you considered adding Door Shutters to your home? Framing your front door with shutters will add instant style to your front entry. However the cost of door height shutters can be expensive, but here is a DIY Door Shutter alternative that is easy to make.

I had the idea of adding shutters to our front doors but didn’t want new, expensive ones. So the search was on for vintage shutters the height of the doors. The problem wasn’t finding shutters the correct height; it was finding them in good condition that we could afford.

I didn’t want to give up on the idea, so I devised this alternative plan to make door shutters for our front doors. Here is a step-by-step tutorial of how we did it.

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Why Should You Add Door Shutters?

There are two types of Door Shutters you can add to your doors. One is functional, and the other is decorative.

A functional door shutter will be hinged, which allows them to close over the door for added protection.

However, a decorative door shutter is added to enhance the overall appearance of your home and door.

Shutters help to add color and uniqueness to a simple home design, whether added to doors or windows.

A simple door can be enhanced with the addition of shutters.

Why Make Door Shutters?

The idea began when I added a pair of white vintage shutters by our front doors. I loved adding decorative wreaths and baskets to the shutters to enhance the front porch.

Later, I painted the shutters black for fall, and I loved the new color but felt they would look better if they were the doors’ height.

I began to look for old, taller shutters, but we quickly realized that finding exactly what we wanted at a reasonable price was daunting.

Therefore, another plan was born. The idea was to add onto the existing shutters to make them tall enough.

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How To Make DIY Door Shutters by Recycling

This project is part DIY and part recycling. Therefore, you will need existing window shutters to recycle to execute this DIY.

Where To Purchase Old Shutters

First, window sized shutters are much easier to find than door height.

You can usually find shutters at Habitat ReStore resale shops, salvage resale shops, thrift stores, and vintage shops. Facebook marketplace, Etsy, eBay, and other online sources are also a great resource.

They are usually inexpensive to purchase and can easily be recycled into tall door shutters with this tutorial.

How To Determine Construction Extensions

Before you begin, measure the length of your shutter and the distance from your porch to the bottom of your light fixture. Then, measure from that point to the top of your door. This will determine the length of your extensions.

Important NOTE:

I’m using the measurements we needed to extend our shutters for today’s tutorial. Your exact measurements will most likely vary.

Materials & Tools for Project – Extend the Shutters

Once you have your measurements, you will use the miter saw to cut approximately 12 boards from the lumber.

Be sure to cut the boards to the exact width of your existing shutters. We needed 12 – 16 inch long boards.

Next, use your biscuit joiner to cut and add biscuits to join 3 of the boards together.

Be sure to mark the placement of the biscuits so that the boards will align once glued together.

Use wood glue to secure the biscuits between the boards and the edge of each board.

Once the three boards are glued, use the clamps to hold them in place for approx. 30 minutes. After removing the clamps, allow 24 hours before proceeding.

Repeat this process until you have four sections.

NOTE: We considered using a larger plywood board to avoid gluing the sections together. However, we are glad we took the extra steps because the attachments look like shiplap and have more character and style than plywood.

Prepare the Top Section

Because the top section will fit around the light fixture, careful measurements are needed to cut out for the opening.

Use the jig saw to cut the opening in the two top sections.

Stain and Paint Door Shutters

Once everything is dry, stain the sections and then paint to match your shutter. You can wait to paint just before installation; however, it’s easier to do in small areas that are easier to work with.

If there is any damage during installation, the paint is easy to touch up.

I always get asked why I stain before I paint, so I’ll explain. The original shutters were dark brown before I painted them. For the paint color to look uniform, stain the wood first, and you will not be able to see a difference.

Attach the Bottom Section

To attach the bottom section, use the biscuit joiner to cut and join the bottom of your shutter to one of the sections.

Use wood glue to secure and add a clamp to hold until the bond is set, approx. 30 minutes. Once again, allow to set for 24 hours before proceeding.

Attach the Top Section to Door Shutters

Next, you will want to use your biscuit joiner and drill to create a way to join the top section to the shutter top. Align the top section to the top of the shutter, with the cutout area at the bottom.

Glue the biscuit and dowel rod into the shutter only. Ensure the holes drilled for the dowel rod allow the shutter and top section to meet.

Drill holes in shutter and add dowel rods and biscuits to secure the additional extension piece.

Install Door Shutters

Begin by aligning the shutter under the light fixture and then bring the top section over the top, as shown below.

Door Shutter extension pieces slide right onto the top of the shutter.

Allow the dowel rods and biscuits to slip into the top section.

We did not glue the shutter to the top section because we might want to remove the shutter at a later date. It is easy to slip the top piece off to remove it.

The light fixture secures the shutter, and I love this updated front porch appearance.

See Video Tutorial

The black shutters showcase the handle set from Delaney Hardware and the DIY Address Sign.


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Monday 16th of October 2023

I love this! Your shutters are absolutely stunning. It transforms your whole porch.


Tuesday 17th of October 2023

Renae, I really appreciate this.

Jan Kinman

Thursday 20th of July 2023

What a great idea! Of course! Adding to the ends to make the shutters longer. Your 2022 Fall porch turned out so warm & inviting. Thank you for sharing your DYI’s & Friends Home Tours.


Thursday 20th of July 2023

Jan, I appreciate this. Thank you for so much for your encouraging words.


Tuesday 4th of October 2022

Such a fantastic idea! Can I borrow the Mister and the tools? ;) Pinned hoping my Mister gets a wild hair and helps me out! I need these!


Wednesday 5th of October 2022

Cindy, We do make a good team. I get the crazy ideas and he begrudgingly agrees to help me. LOL


Tuesday 4th of October 2022

Fantastic and very well done. They look like they've always been there.


Wednesday 5th of October 2022

Carol I'm so glad you liked this project. Thanks for your comment.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Thursday 21st of October 2021

This is seriously brilliant Rachel! They look amazing.

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Monday 25th of October 2021

Kim, I'm glad you like them.