Window Dressing for the Potting Shed: DIY Board and Batten Shutters

May has been a busy month for potting, puttering and painting around the Potting Shed!

Adding some window dressing with decorative shutters has been on my to-do list. The challenge has been finding the size and width I needed, 18 x 48, and three shutters, hanging one in the middle between the windows to frame the window boxes. After pricing board and batten shutters online, I thought they would be easy to build (my hubby to build :). Building them would also solve the dilemma of having to purchase two sets of shutters to give me the three I wanted, without one left over. These board and batten shutters were an easy DIY, that you can tackle in a weekend, with the painting most time-consuming part.

Cedar boards sounded like a perfect fit for shutters on my west-facing windows that take a beating from the sun. Cedar can stand up the weather and is resistant to shrinkage, warping, and insects.

 We purchased (5) 1-in x 6-in x 8-ft cedar boards from Lowe’s. In the world of wood, the actual finished measurements of a 1 x 6 is 0.875-in x 5.5-inches.

To get the 18 inch width needed, we decided a build a spaced board & batten shutter, with a 3/4 inch space between the boards to add the extra 1 1/2 inches to the width. My hubby cut the 8 foot boards in half for 4 foot lengths. A 1-in x 4-in x 10-ft cedar board (actual measurement 0.875-in x 3.5-in) gave us the six 18 inch lengths for battens we needed.

The battens were attached with wood screws from the back, after placing the spacers between the boards. The cedar boards are reversible with a rough and a smooth side. I chose the rough side to add to some texture and contrast to the window boxes and so my painting and brush strokes didn’t have to be perfect.

I used Valspar Reserve Extreme Weather Paint + Primer, saving me the step of priming the boards before painting. It’s formulated for the southeast US and rainy, humid regions. I chose the color Spanish Tile, to match the window boxes and my red bench.

I’m pleased how well my red bench has held up after being outside for a year. It’s the Luciana® outdoor bench and is still available at Grandin Road.

The window boxes were planted a month ago with a combination of petunias, angelonia, pentas, coleus and sweet potato vine, all summer annuals that can take the heat!

My window boxes were hung two years ago and are vinyl/ polyethylene material that can tolerate the UV rays and hold up to constant watering. They also have double wall design with a water reservoir to encourage. root growth. The came from and have a 15 year limited warranty.

This is how the window side of the Potting Shed looked two years ago, before the additions of the window boxes, bench and shutters. You can see how she’s grown, here.

Thank you for your visit!

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  66 comments for “Window Dressing for the Potting Shed: DIY Board and Batten Shutters

  1. Gail TF
    May 16, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Like the shutters. Reminds me that I’ve got get busy painting my porch bench

  2. May 16, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Beautiful job on the shutters! They really do dress up the windows nicely. Love the window box planters with the bench too.

  3. Sherlie Magaret
    May 16, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Love the shutters, it really dresses up the windows and boxes, nice finishing touch and love the colors.

  4. Robyn
    May 16, 2017 at 8:09 am

    I really like the new look with the shutters! Really dresses her up nicely! Always look forward to your Potting Shed posts!

  5. Nancy Edwards
    May 16, 2017 at 8:09 am

    The shutters add even more depth & interest! Please share the trim & house paint colors.

  6. Sandy Park
    May 16, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Absolutely lovely. I’d be sitting out there all the time and never get anything else done.

  7. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    May 16, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Oh wow, these look fabulous.

  8. Cheryl Lundgren
    May 16, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Your husband is amazing! Those are gorgeous. I love the potting shed. I could move a bed in and live there with no problem.

    • May 16, 2017 at 8:43 am

      Thanks Cheryl, it might be a tad crowded and hot…my thermometer read 95 degrees inside yesterday. ;)

  9. Donna Milazzo
    May 16, 2017 at 8:52 am

    What a transformation. I remember seeing the red bench before and loving it too. Looks beautiful!

  10. May 16, 2017 at 8:53 am

    GORGEOUS! Love how they match that bench. I’m going to check at Lowes and see if they have a similar paint formulated for us Northerners :) I have massive peeling problems on my door and it’s looking pretty sad!

  11. Caro;
    May 16, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Potting shed looks great! Good job Dave and Mary!!

  12. May 16, 2017 at 8:59 am

    The shutters look fabulous, Mary…they add so much…not that you potting shed needed anything! I have been considering that bench for a while. I was unsure how it would hold up in our Alabama weather! The window boxes are full and in bloom…pretty!

  13. anniebreland
    May 16, 2017 at 9:01 am

    What a lovely place to sit and admire all of GOD creation. Thanks for sharing your beautiful shed.

  14. May 16, 2017 at 9:25 am

    I didn’t think there would be anything else that could up the cuteness factor of your shed but obviously I was wrong. The shutters make a big difference. So cute!

  15. May 16, 2017 at 9:28 am

    You and your hubby make a great them, Mary! The shutters turned out great and really finish off the window boxes. Thank you for sharing all your tips on making them. I really need new shutters on the front of my house and maybe my youngest son could make these for me. Your window boxes look full and lush. What a transformation your potting shed has made from two years ago!

  16. Patricia
    May 16, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Thanks for the DIY on the shutters! I’ve been wanting to add shutters inside to a kitchen window, and this will be a great way to get the size right. Your potting shed posts with creative ideas inside and out are so fun and inspiring!

  17. May 16, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Wow Mary! I am constantly amazed at your ability to see just what perfect little addition is needed for the Potting Shed! The transformation from the original wall of the shed is incredible and so beautiful. You and your personal carpenter did a great job designing and building the shutters. Your flowering vines will love them too as they will be able to cling to the boards! Linda

  18. franki
    May 16, 2017 at 10:08 am

    LUV that color (same as my cupolas, window frames, etc.) We added “flow” to ours and boy did that ever make a difference on not showing brush marks…yours look perfect!! franki

  19. Patti
    May 16, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Love the shutters – they turned out great!

  20. Cyndi Raines
    May 16, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Love them! It’s like she has long eye lashes now! :) My window shutters for our garage window and garden shed window are similar, but longer with only 2 boards and hubby cut out a pine tree between the two boards. It’s real cute too. I think shutters add so much to any building. Now Miss Potting Shed is really “Sittin’ Pretty”!

  21. May 16, 2017 at 10:19 am

    I love the shutters and the fact that you made them! So good to know that the bench has held up to the weather! The shed has always looked so beautiful and even more now!

  22. Ellen
    May 16, 2017 at 10:41 am

    WOW!! You and the Hubby just made the best even better! I didn’t even know that could be done, but you two just did it.These board and batten shutters are the perfect addition, absolutely beautiful. The Potting Shed looks positively regal with the bench, flowering window boxes and divine shutters. Thank-you for this splendid post and tutorial.

  23. May 16, 2017 at 10:45 am

    The shutters look better than any you could buy. Great job on planning and building.

  24. Carolyn
    May 16, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Your vision was spot on. David did a great job and the end result looks amazing.

  25. May 16, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    The potting shed looks fantastic! Love the red.

  26. May 16, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    You had a great vision! Your shutters look great and really add.

  27. May 16, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I love that accent color…perfect against the shed background. Nice job!

  28. Marion
    May 16, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Your flower boxes are beautiful. Everything looks so nice.

  29. Joan
    May 16, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Thank You for sharing your projects. They are beautiful.

  30. Marilyn
    May 16, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    The shed and shutters are very pretty. Of course the flowers are nice too.

  31. Karenann
    May 16, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Your potting shed looks amazing! The shutters, flower boxes and bench are gorgeous and stunning! I love the color you chose. The red really stands out! Absolutely fantastic job!

  32. May 16, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    It looks fabulous Mary! Your husband is quite the professional, and I love the simple style, just brilliant!

  33. Paula
    May 16, 2017 at 6:28 pm


    Looks wonderful, and how perfect the paint color matches !!
    I sure wish I had your energy, I spend to much time thinking about what I should be getting done !
    Keep cool Mary !!

  34. Cristy Lee Bennett
    May 16, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Perfectly lovely! It’s inspiring to see the evolution of your design ideas, in this case the bench, window boxes and shutters, and that these things evolved over time, building one idea upon another until they become a beautifully harmonious and truly inviting space. Thank You for sharing!

  35. May 17, 2017 at 12:09 am

    Love the shutters on your Potting Shed! Me and my hubby built ours just like y’all when we built our potting shed. …and ours are a similar color! Your flowers are pretty, I have been planting this week. It was 90 degrees here today but I like that better than cold weather.

  36. May 17, 2017 at 4:59 am

    Well worth the work Mary! Your potting shed looks great-enjoy:@)

  37. May 17, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Mary I just love your potting shed and the shutters are a nice addition.

  38. Melodie Strickland
    May 17, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Your hubby did an amazing job with the shutters. Love the color and you did a wonderful job with the beautiful flower boxes. It certainly has brightened up your potting shed.

  39. Sherry
    May 17, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    When I found your blog several years ago, it was the styling of your potting shed that drew me. Now I feel as though I could move right in. It looks like a little house. Perfect touches. Thank you for sharing.

  40. frenchgardenhouse
    May 17, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Such a perfect solution! I love the way your windows look with their new shutters!

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  42. Bonnie
    May 17, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Lovely addition to your already wonderful potting shed!

  43. Rattlebridge Farm
    May 18, 2017 at 12:13 am

    So welcoming! The red paint color is gorgeous. Board and batten shutters are my favorite, and they are a handsome addition. But what I love most is your love for the shed, and the symbiotic relationship you two share.

  44. Eddi Reid
    May 18, 2017 at 10:44 am

    OK. Now my fingers are itching to add shutters to our barn! Your own project looks wonderful and thank you for sharing all the details. I always love our posts and creativity. Thank you.

  45. May 18, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    This is truly beautiful. You’ve gone and done it. Hubs “just a couple” more projects I need him to build for our home. lol This is a gorgeous post.

  46. May 18, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    LOVE the color of the shutters, window boxes and bench! I have to do something with our Tete-a-tete that is by the pond. I thought we would stain it but now that I see this color I may do that. Like I said, love it!

  47. Cherry Goodson
    May 22, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Always love to see what your doing around or in your shed. Just ordered your bench for my front porch. Cant wait to get it. Wanted the teal color, but didn’t have it so ordered the red. Thanks for posting all your lovelies. Cherry

  48. May 26, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Love the shutters Mary! Actually….love the whole potting shed! The colors are gorgeous and the shutters are the jewelry of the whole ensemble. It looks beautiful..

  49. Dawn
    June 14, 2017 at 9:38 am

    The shutters look great! I was wondering how did you attach them to the shed?

    • June 14, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      Hi Dawn, The shutters are attached with wood screws to the siding. They’re screwed in at a downward angle above the battens. I painted the heads of screws to camouflage them. :)

      • Dawn
        June 16, 2017 at 8:34 am

        Thank you Mary!

  50. December 19, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Beautiful work and I love your paint.sequence choice

  51. Kaye Moore
    June 11, 2018 at 7:49 am

    I love your shed. Flowers are beautiful

    • June 11, 2018 at 8:37 am

      Thank you Kaye❣️🌸🌱🌺🐝

  52. Judy
    July 22, 2018 at 8:28 am

    Fantastic , I will be reworking the window side of my potting shed- thanks for sharing

  53. Terry Lloyd
    June 11, 2019 at 10:49 am

    Hi Mary,
    I saw your DYI project on batten board shutters and it was very helpful. I’m looking for ones for the house and wondered who you had luck with on line?

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