How to Paint Vinyl Shutters

Shutters on windows are kind of like mascara on your eyelashes – it just looks better! I took my vinyl shutters down last June when we put on a new roof.  And sadly they have been sitting in my garage since then.  Yikes! So my naked house was begging for her shutters back.  After talking to a few roofers and people at Lowes the consensus was that spray paint was the best option.  So turning to my trusty brand of choice, I called Krylon to ask which paint they would recommend.  They said Krylon Outdoor Spaces because it has some UV protectant and weather resist properties to it.  The way my house is situated the front of my house gets pounded by the sun daily.  I have a feeling this project will be on the list every few years.

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So this is VERY IMPORTANT: Mark the back of your shutters with where you took them down from.  Unfortunately the roofers who took mine down didn’t do this so it was a major pain in the butt to figure out what shutter went where.

Also double check and make sure that the back of your shutters don’t say something like “Do not paint shutters.” There are some shutters that are not paintable and will say so on the back.

With a spray nozzle on my hose, a plastic bristle brush and some Dawn I scrubbed and rinsed the shutters well and then I set them in the sun overnight to dry.  The next day I wiped them with a tack cloth and busted out my spray paint.  12 shutters took about 8 cans of spray paint.

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Krylon Outdoor Spaces Black

Spraying vinyl shutters with this paint was a little different than I am used to spray painting.  I know watching me spray paint is kind of like waiting for water to boil but if you want great results and you are taking on this project I would suggest you watch the video below.  You need to spray it a certain way to avoid streaks.

You can tell from my mistake on the left that you can’t just attack it with spray paint–you have to be a bit methodical about how you paint them.

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The video below shows you how I spray painted them to get superior results.
 

 

I love how the black shutters gives my house and little more contrast.  It also is the perfect canvas for pops of color added by flowers or wreaths.

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With a large ladder and the sun pelting down on us my husband and I hung them last weekend. 

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I still have to paint my front door.  Since it is inset I am not sure if a color would even be that noticeable.  Plus I love my screen door on the front because of the awesome cross breeze we get so I am torn.  What would you do?

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Disclaimer: Krylon sent me this paint to use for this project





  • http://www.733blog.com Kim @ seven thirty three

    You also want to make sure they are paintable shutters. My SIL tried this – she actually had a professional paint them, and once they were installed they looked great… until they started to run, ALL down their new vinyl siding. It was a mess. We just redid our house and I looked into painting ours and found out there are “paintable” vinyl shutters that you should use if you want to actually paint them.

    Your house looks so much better with shutters – I think it just really finishes off the look! And don’t you love panel shutters? They are so much more sophisticated than louvers. When we replaced ours I went with panels and am so happy with the result.

    • Mary G.

      I suspect that had more to do with the quality of the paint that was used, rather than the shutters.

  • http://beingbrook.com Brook @ BeingBrook

    Love the look of the shutters! Have you thought about painting your screen door and door to house the same color? That might look really great. I wouldn’t get rid of the screen door-they are the best for breezes and keeping bugs out.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      I have definitely thought about it. I am just concerned about the handle part and the paint not holding up well on that. I supposed I could always clear coat or something. I am guessing that is what I will probably end up doing because there is NO WAY I am taking out my screen.

  • andrea c

    OK, i painted my front door and now it squeaks when i open it. I did paint the sides. can i fix this??

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      I have no idea I haven’t painted my front door yet.

    • Mary G.

      Rub a bar of soap around the edges where the paint is sticking. Use BAR soap, not liquid soap.

  • http://foxhollowcottage.blogspot.com Shannon Fox

    Love them in black! So elegant. Mine are black also, and I loved them the second we put them up.

  • Holly

    Looks great! Thanks for the tutorial. Just out of curiosity, for six pairs of shutters, how many cans of spray paint did you use?

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Great question! 7 1/2 cans.

  • Ashley

    I don’t see why you can’t paint the screen door and the front door to match. I would paint them a lighter/brighter color so it looks more inviting. My neighbor has an inset door and just installed a beautiful new black front door, but it just looks like a giant black hole and isn’t welcoming at all. Your house does not look like a giant black hole, but I think a new color would spruce it up. :)

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      I agree I am just concerned about painting the handle and it not holding up well (the screen part that is). We will see. I would love to add a pop though.

      • Cyndy C

        I saw on Pinterest a tip for spray painting door hardware for outdoors. Remove and clean the hard ware. Lightly sand it. Use two coats of an automotive spray primer that retards rust. Then use two coats of a metal safe spray paint intended for outdoor use. The posting didn’t say anything about using a final coat of sealant, but I bet it would help. I plan to do this to three locksets. Good luck.

        • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

          Thank you for sharing, Cyndy! Let me know how your locks come out.

          • Cyndy C

            Sure will. :)

  • http://www.chaoticallycreative.com lesley

    Yay, you did the post! And a video to boot. Ok so why can’t we just spray paint them all in “Turbo”
    Thanks for the tips and the type of spray paint used. I am dreading this task but my shutters look really bad and need a fresh coat. I was always wondering what was missing from your house and now I get it. It looks awesome and I love the black instead of the “other” color. Thanks again. Lesley

  • http://thriftydecorating-nikkiw.blogspot.com/ Nicole@Thrifty Decorating

    Are all vinyl shutters “paintable?” And what made you decide not to prime? Does this Krylon exterior paint cover without primer?

    We really need to do our shutters! :)

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      They should be unless they specificially say on the back do not paint. I didn’t prime because I was going to a darker color and I wasn’t worried about coverage. And yes it covers without primer.

  • http://www.serenitynowblog.com Amanda @ Serenity Now

    LOVE them in black, Beckie! I’ve been wanting to do ours in black for ages, but couldn’t work up the nerve to try!

  • Brenda Melahn

    I would paint the trim of the screen door black also — maybe paint the door itself a cream?

  • http://www.redouxinteriors.com Karen

    Wow, huge improvement. That is so interesting, I would have never guessed spray paint. Not just for crafts and small projects!

  • Tonia

    I would paint the front door red. We have several houses in my neighborhood with red doors and black shutters and it makes a great combo. Maybe more of a brick red than an apple red. I’d also paint the screen door frame black or replace it with a door with a black frame if it can’t be painted. Love the new shutters. Mine are currently a bluish green color and I’m chomping at the bit to change them to deep eggplant.

    • Tammi

      I love the red door idea, I had a red front door in an old home of mine. Did you know that red front doors are suppose to bring good harmony to the family :)

      • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

        I sure didn’t, but it sounds good to me. ;)

  • Sarah

    Buy a retractable screen door…it disappears when not needed. Then the entrance door can be a color focal point. Sarah

  • Kimberly Bruhn

    Hey Beckie —

    Love the black shutters…I painted my screen door a couple years ago, but it doesn’t get much sun (it’s held up great…I “magic eraser” it to clean it. Yours looks like metal (frame)? It should spray paint, too? I used to have a pearl gray house with black shutters and I painted my door a barn/brick red color…got lots of compliments…enjoy your blog’s ideas! Thanks.
    Kimberly.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Kimberly, thanks for your two cents. My door itself gets no sun at all so it should be good. I think I am going to tackle this project soon.

  • http://www.sopocottage.com/ laurel @ SoPo Cottage

    We just took the shutters off the house on our project this weekend. It’s pretty nasty behind them and it looks like the vinyl siding has faded a lot. Suddenly I need to paint the shutters and this was really helpful! And your house looks great, I hope our little ‘Diamond in the Rough’ will look as nice! Right now it’s pretty homely :-)
    http://www.sopocottage.com/2012/05/what-style-is-it.html

    Laurel

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Good luck and let me know how it goes.

    • Kathy

      This is a dumb question, but I am a single mom. How do you take the shutters down? Are they hinged, screwed, or what? I don’t see what is holding them up.

      • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

        There should be little plastic screws. They might be covered with a cap.

  • kim

    Beckie – thanks so much for the tutorial! I’ve been debating this project for a while now and was stuck on how to determine if mine are paintable. As for your front door, I’m joining the chorus of red. I painted mine last year Chocolate Cosmos. Strangely, it’s just the right red. Got this idea from Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick. As for your screen door, are you just interested in painting the frame? if so, I would match it to the front door color. Another idea (if you choose to leave the door as is) would be to paint the screen itself. You can use a stencil for this. There are a lot of painted screens on older homes here in Baltimore. Thanks for a great blog! You have so many great, doable ideas!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      hanks for the feedback Kim. A Painted screen? I have never heard of such a thing. I will have to google that!

  • KIM

    Beckie – here’s a link to get you started: http://www.paintedscreens.org/

    Although landscapes and very elaborate paintings are mostly what you can find here in Baltimore, I was thinking more of a motif, like a Greek key or scroll, etc. for your front door screen. The nice thing about painted screens is that you can see out but no one can see in!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Thanks so much for the link. I am checking it out.

  • Ela

    Hello, I decided to paint my shutters this weekend. I used valspar outdoor spray paint. First coat came out perfect, second coat came out streaky even though I used the same method of spraying. Parts are shiny and other parts are dull (like I want). Any clue why this happened? Did you use 2 coats? Thanks for any advice on how to fix this!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      No I only used one really nice even coat. I have only used Valspar a couple of times. Did you use the outdoor brand?

    • Shawn

      Hi about the streaky finish on the second coat with spray paint. I was told this was from humidity. I have had that happen several times on craft projects. Also I was told to wait to spray a second coat after several days. Krylon recommended their Fusion Plastic paint for my vinyl shutters said this was made especially for vinyl. I will be painting mine this weekend.

      • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

        Good luck with yours. Mine didn’t streak when I sprayed up and down and I only did one coat. But Krylon is definitely the experts for sure.

  • http://www.runtspickins.wordpress.com Runt

    Wow that looks really great! I am going to run home and ask my husband if our shutters are actually damaged so we NEED new ones, or if I can just spray paint them!! We have vinyl siding so our case might be that the actual shutters are coming out because the “peg” that goes into the vinyl is broken. If that is the case I might just have to get new ones. RATS!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      I just bought replacement pegs. They are like $5 a bag.

  • Sarah

    I am reading that it is not good to paint shutters darker than they already are (more specifically black) because it would cause more heat build up on the shutter making the vinyl contract. Since this was awhile ago can you share how they have held up? Have you noticed any of the paint cracking? I would really like to paint my slate blue shutters black, but am worried by what I am reading online.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Hi Sarah,
      I actually read the same thing but decided to go for it since I already felt like eggplant was a dark enough color. I haven’t had any issues, and they have held up perfectly. I have no paint cracking whatsoever, and the front of my house gets beaten down with sunlight. I hope that helps with your decision.

  • BW VA

    Helpful video, and the results look splendid. I’m currently preparing to paint my shutters (haven’t took them all off yet) no doubt your panel shutters look beautiful on your home, I have a brick rancher and think the slotted/vented shutters suit my house better. They are plastic shutters and I want to paint them gloss red. With that being said, should I take the spray paint approach? And what is your opinion on red shutters on brick home? Thanks.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      I think red would go great with brick. I might try for a satin finish rather than a glossy since they are harder to clean and will dull faster. I do think spray paint is the way to go on existing shutters.

  • Robbie

    What kind of finish did you use… glossy, matte? we are about to replace our siding and spray paint our shutters black, but i’m not sure what finish. thanks!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Hi Robbie, I used Satin. Best of luck painting your shutters!

  • Mike

    It looks awesome, and I’m planning to do the same thing. What sheen do you recommend. I was thinking a satin, but I’m not sure.

  • Mike

    Whoops. Just saw your comment to Robbie. I suppose the next question then is to go with a satin or semigloss on the door…

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Hehe, no problem. I haven’t painted my door yet, but I will probably go semi-gloss when I do so it is easier to clean.

  • LewisD

    Nice job painting your vinyl shutters. I’ve been considering spray painting ours and was wondering how your paint has held up so far. Still looking good? Thanks.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Yep! They look just as good as the day I painted them. :)