August 22, 2009

Renovation: restored shutters

Some days ago, a small transporter drove down the alley and parked in front of the house. I was picture taking, and we had not yet delivered the entrance doors, when I saw some workers hauling a heavy door. Beautiful finish, antique looks ... WOW, I thought, what a beautiful entrance door ...

When they were hauling this door up the stairways to the first floor, I learned that this is not our entrance door, but one of the three restored window shutters !

You see, I am not the best informed person on the contruction site ...

The next thing you see, is the attempt of the workers to fit the shutters to the right window ... but at the end it turned out that still two of them are not measured accurately so the windows cannot be opened (see picture above).

This shows how beautiful it will look at the end (when small corrections are made).

We had decided to restore just three of the many shutters. Three that were best preserved. And we decided to paint them with wood color to show the original wood that is of high quality. The other shutters are all newly made and lackered white - less expensive then the restored ones.

And if one day the brown shutters will ever appear too dark we still can paint them white.


  1. * How absolutely beauuuutiful!!!! Good decision & well worth the cost!!!

    Linda in AZ*

  2. It does look like you have some quality work there. There's always some adjustment to do on these things. All the windows in our house were different sizes, and I recall our builder cursing colourfully all of one morning while his dog lay crying at the bottom of the ladder as he tried to hammer out chunks of centuries-old granite stonework in order to make a too-big window fit!

  3. How stunning! I love the pictures- they almost tell the story without words. Good purchase and great blog! I am exciting to read more!

  4. These are so gorgeous! What a shame more than three couldnt be salvaged. I have a feeling you will never paint these gorgeous shutters!