DIY Shiplap Shutters for Windows
This post will walk you through the creation of my DIY Shiplap Shutters for Windows.
I have been wanting to create some barn door style DIY Shiplap Shutters for my master bedroom windows for a while now. This bedroom renovation was the perfect opportunity to implement this idea that I have mulling around in my mind. This is a before picture from our most recent Spring Home Tour.
The solid panels of the barn doors will eliminate all of that and hopefully will also help climate control the room a little bit as well. Especially since we tend to get a lot of early morning sunlight and light bleed from car headlights through these windows at night. Here is the actual blueprint drawing of the shutter door wall design we submitted to the design team at UFP Edge, along with the DIY Shiplap Ceiling Project.
As you can see the plan is add a double sliding headrail to accommodate two custom built barn door sliders that will also double as a focal feature or headboard behind the bed during the day. At night the doors will slide over the windows to provide additional light blocking for moonlight, car headlights and early sunrises.
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Building The Doors:
The first step in building the doors was to have a back board cut to size. We purchased 3/4-7-ply, maple veneer HPVA Maple Plywood, which was available in a perfect matching color for the shiplap. We had the plywood cut to the exact size of the shutters at the time of purchase, which saved us a little time. Since the plywood was already pre-painted on the front and back this created a finished look for the shutters on both sides. Then the next step was to cut the shiplap boards and mount them to the plywood board. We used 1 in. x 6 in. x 6 ft. UFP-Edge Rustic Collection Shiplap Charred Pine Board in Smoked White. Ron layered the boards starting from the top and working his way down in the traditional way a shiplap would have been installed.
You see back in the day shiplap, was traditionally used in siding designs because of the need for consistent wall spacing, insulation and creating water tightness. The lapped joint is one of the simplest methods used to accomplish wall spacing and stopping water, which is why shiplap was, and is so popular.The boards were cut and evenly spaced, Ron used a 3/4″ brad nailer to attach the shiplap boards to the plywood backer mainly along the edges and where the center X would lay out. This allowed us to hid multiple nail holes in the shutters. Once all the shiplap boards where attached the outer frame work was built. Matching trim boards 1 in. x 4 in. x 8 ft. UFP-Edge Rustic Collection Trim Pine Boards in Smoked White.were cut to length to create a frame over the edges. We did find during this process the use of temporary clamps kept the boards in place while nailing them each to the backer boards. As a design choice we opted to make the frame board cuts very simple, with square blunt cuts on the outer vertical boards. Then we added horizontal boards into the remaining center space for a nice tight fit. I also noticed that my plywood had a little writing on the edges that would be visible once the shutters were hung. Along with the visible cut edges of shiplap. This was easily fixed with a little Behr Farmhouse White chalk paint which was a perfect match for the smoked charred wood and the maple plywood.
It was a quick one coat coverage and the edges matched perfectly. I decided for time sake that I could paint this while we continued to cut the decorative center cross boards for the doors.
To cut the cross board you want to center a full size trim board on your door on the diagonal. This is more of a visual thing so you need to really look at it from all sides. Once you are happy with the placement temporarily clamp it to the door to get your angle. Next you will want to pencil in the lines of the existing frame already attached to the door as seen below. This will give you your cut lines for corner. For simplicity we added a riser board and used a a straight edge to make the cut lines. Do this process for both ends, then make your cuts for the perfect cross board. To create the X you will do the same process as above for the cross board. Then replication the process with the existing cross beam and straight edge to determine the cut out space for the middle. I also recommend that you use a detail sander to lightly sand down the edges for these boards. Since they do tend to have a bit of fray which was a little more rustic that I was wanting for these doors. Once you have all your pieces cut and sanded you will just attach them to the door with a you nail gun. We did end up going up to a 1 1/2″ brad for all the trim work just to make sure that we were hitting all the layers of the boards.
That is how we created the barn wood door. Then we made a second door just like it for our project. This is Part 1 of our DIY You Tube Video where Ron explains in more detail how he built the Barn Door Shutters along with the video to watch the process:
After we moved the massively heavy doors up 3 flights of steps from our basements and had a mild coronary, it was time to install them. We had previously purchased a double set of barn door slider rails that would span the proper distance for the windows and headboard area. We decided to use a piece of 1 in. x 4 in. x 8 ft. UFP-Edge Rustic Collection Trim Pine Boards in Smoked White. as the mounting board.
Since the length of the room was longer than several boards we opted to put a full 8′ board in the middle. Then miter two side boards at either end to get the length that we needed to span the wall. We pre drilled pilot holes to make sure that the screws would not accidentally split the shiplap. Then we realized that the depth of our window sill was a little bit deeper than the header board of shiplap. Meaning the barn doors would crash into the sills as they came across the window. Since I am not about to cut up my gorgeous deep window sills we decided just to add an additional piece of trim board to the bottom of the shiplap base board. Which gave us the perfect amount of “clearance….Clarance”! Sorry I might be a bit of an Airplane fan, lol. Here you can see where we added the additional 1 in. x 4 in. x 8 ft. UFP-Edge Rustic Collection Trim Pine Boards in Smoked White. We again feathered the miter cuts on either end to hide the fact that the boards were not long enough to span that length. Once we had our boards secure, we pre-marked the holes for the mounting hardware of the slider rails. Since we would absolutely need a pilot hole drilled for these boards and the additional thickness.
We used 2 sets of the SMART STANDARD 8 FT Heavy Duty Sturdy Sliding Barn Door Hardware Kits, Single Rail, Super Smoothly and Quietly, Simple and Easy to Install, Fit 42-48″ Wide DoorPanels. These are the same rails we have used before with the optional soft close kits which are amazing and we love them.
We attached the rails one a time, which was very simple. The rails come with mounting instructions in the package so I will not go into a lot of detail here, since we are not reinventing the wheel. The next part was to add the rolling wheels to the actual doors we had built. Again per the instructions that came with the hardware assembly kit. It was super simple and went together in no time. The only specialized tool you may need is a socket set for the large bolts. It is great if the sockets can go into a drill to make the job go even faster. Then we had to lift the heavy beast one last time to place it into the track, it’s permanent home. As you can see it is a perfect fit. We added some track base assembly at the bottom to keep the sliders on course. Then we set the track stops so the shutter door would not go past the windows on each side. We also located where we wanted it to stop in the center as well. This will just make the daily opening and closing much easier, and since it has the soft close tracks there is no banging or hitting of the shutter doors. Just a smooth operation.
Here is a quick view of both the shutters up with the windows covered which really blocks out a lot of the light and heat. I am so excited about this project. I know the quality of our sleep is really going to increase in addition to the pretty esthetic value it adds to the room as well. Another little tip we have decided to do while the bed is still pulled out is we are going to pre-run our cords and power strips. Since the shutters are moveable you will notice that the plug is located directly in the slide path. For this reason we wanted to pre run and tack the cords so they do not end up caught in the sliders. So this is one final look at this project with windows closed and opened. To give the idea of how this will look once we get the rest of the room decorated and designed. I did decide to keep our little Twilight quote on the wall since during the day you never even see it with the shutters open. I feel like it is like a little secret message just for us when we get ready for bed. It is kind of like the ones that say “Always kiss me Goodnight” which would be cute in this application too. Since they are not as popular as they used to be, but they may be special to the occupants. Now you can have the best of both worlds.
Here ‘s the quick over view of PART 2 of our YouTube Video on how we installed these sliding Barn Wood Shutters:
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