Installing Timberlane Bermuda Shutters.

Now that we’ve shared our shed makeover reveal earlier this week we wanted to rewind a beat and talk shutters.
One of my favorite elements of this makeover was the addition of the Bermuda Shutters (also knows as Bahama Shutters).
If you’re not familiar with Bermuda shutters, they are a type of shutter hinged at the top meant to block out the sun but still allowing a breeze to come through.
They get their name from most commonly being used in the islands.
I’ve always loved the look of these shutters and in our case they were meant to be more decorative than functional.
You can see that we have two windows on the front of the shed that allow much needed light to come through.


Problem is they reveal a cluttered mess inside the shed. At certain angles the windows look like two black holes.
By adding the shutters, we still have the illusion that the windows are there but they hide the black holes and mess inside.


See the difference?


After realizing this was not a DIY project I wanted to tackle I reached out to a stellar company, Timberlane Shutters.  They are known for their handcrafted shutters and every piece is custom.


They were confident their shutters would make the project and they even sent us a pair of shutters to review.
They were so beautiful in their original cedar state that I had a hard time wanting to paint them.  In the end I chose the shade called “Fog Rolls In” by Clark + Kensington Paint from ACE Hardware.  It’s a perfect gray.


One tip I learned from Ryan Reeder (who refinished our cabinets after the original paint job begin peeling after only 2 years later) was to sand any hard 90 degree angles before painting.


He taught me that paint can’t stick to a hard 90 degree edge so if you take some light grit sand paper and ever so slightly round the edge down the paint will stick and you won’t have worn paint down the road.  You won’t even notice the sanded edge.  It’s been a valuable tip I use on all my projects now.

The installation of the shutters was very straight forward.  Timberlane has a large line of beautiful hardware to use on their shutters.  Good thing because I wasn’t in the mood to mess up those beautiful shutters with some kind of rigged DIY situation.

I did however opt to use the reclaimed hardware for the arms I found in Kansas City, MO during our crazy cross-country RV trip.

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Using my crockpot (which has found permanent place in the shed with the rest of our tools) I let the hardware simmer for a few hours and then the paint fell right off (details here).


The round knob attached the shutter is adjustable which allows it to be extended out further or lay flat.

Here’s a quick video slide-show of the install.

If you’re thinking about outdoor shutters for your house (or shed) you’ve got to check out Timberlane.  I mean it when I say their shutters are quality!
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I was given shutters to review.  This post was written by myself and opinions are 100% my own.

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If you’ve been following our Tuff Shed makeover journey you know we’ve been working hard to give this back yard storage unit a little facelift.

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Today we get to show you the fruits of our labor.

To begin I decided to first tackle the trim on the shed doors.  Tuff shed wood and trim are a composite wood that are coated with a heavy duty finish.  I tried to find similar trim pieces at some local lumber stores then it dawned on me, “why not just see if Tuff shed will sell me some trim boards?”  And they did for $1.50 / sq ft.


Using a miter saw I measured and cut down my pieces.  I then glued and nailed them to the shed using my Craftsman Magnesium Straight Finish Nailer.


(#LowQualityPictureAlert #PhoneCoveredWithSawdust).

Next we made and installed some garden grow boxes.  Tutorial here.


We then ripped some boards down to create the board & batten look.


In all honesty, when we got it to this point I really thought we had made a big design mistake.  I stood back and thought it looked like an awful gaudy circus.   I was prepared to rip it all off but the Mr. was the voice of reason and said to first paint it before jumping to conclusions.


At the last minute I opted for a gray and white color scheme instead of black and white.

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Once I got the doors painted and one side of the shed I had a little glimmer of hope. Amazing how much mileage you can get out of a coat of good paint.  I used “Silent White” and “Fog Rolls In” both outdoor satin enamel by Clark + Kensington from ACE Hardware.


The icing on the cake were the Bermuda Shutters made by Timberlane.  I can’t wait to tell you more about them later this week.




Even though this shed is in the backyard it is visible from the street.


It used to be an eyesore but now it also boosts the curb appeal.



A big thanks to ACE Hardware for sponsoring most of the tools and paint this project.  Now to organize the inside (that will the be real challenge).

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Back to our regularly scheduled program.

These little men aren’t so little any more.


Today marked the end of summer with the 1st day of school.
I’ll miss these boys making the house loud and giving it life but it was time.  Oh yes, it was time!
They’ve kept me beyond busy this summer…as they should.  Now that they’re back in school I will be getting back to blogging more regularly.
In addition to the endless party going on around here I’ve also been busy with some other creative projects.

My latest project has been shooting some DIY videos that will be coming out very soon with my awesome peeps at Home Advisor.


Remembering lines in front of a camera was exercise for my brain but I’m not gonna lie…having a crew of hair and makeup attend to me several times an hour felt more like pampering than work.


Aside from the lights and camera I didn’t forget about my shed makeover.  Trim is up, new shutters are installed, now time to unify everything with a coat of paint.


Goodbye ugly Tuff Shed blue, hello, “Fog Rolls In” gray by Clark and Kensington.  My ACE Hardware project is coming along nicely and I can’t wait to see the final result.

Stay tuned for the reveal coming soon!