The Lazy Girl’s Guide on How to Paint Shutters

Learn how to paint shutters and easily improve your home’s curb appeal. Curb appeal updates can make such a difference and are usually simple, like painting a door, adding a fun doormat or changing out your doorbell.  

Do your shutters make you shudder? I know mine did. I had fantasies of ripping them off and throwing them away. However, when I went to remove them, I learned that the siding was faded so it looked different under the shutters.

Learn how to paint vinyl shutters.

I originally had plans to make new shutters out of wood. But you know, life happens and I still had those crappy vinyl shutters that I hated so much.

I’m happy to announce that I made my vinyl shutters look good! Learn how to paint shutters to easily update your home’s curb appeal!

DecoArt provided me with paint for this project, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. I would never recommend products that I wouldn’t buy or use on my own. Your support helps me make more projects like this one!

Painting Vinyl Shutters FAQ

Can you paint shutters without taking them down?

There are easy ways to do things and hard ways. I almost always prefer the easy way. Most tutorials will tell you to remove the shutters.

Did you know that it’s possible to paint shutters without removing them? With DecoArt Curb Appeal paint, you can paint your vinyl shutters without the extra work!

DecoArt Curb Appeal comes in 21 colors that art formulated to withstand outdoor conditions.

Plus, it’s so easy to find at your local Joann or Michael’s store!

What color to paint shutters?

You can paint your shutters any color, but keep a few things in mind.

What color is your home? You don’t want the shutter color to look horrible with your house color. If in doubt, look on pinterest for inspiration. Keep your search simple, like “gray house exterior” or “brick exterior.”

No matter what color your house is, black is classic, which is why I chose to paint my vinyl shutters black. I want my front door to stand out (it’s bright yellow) and the shutters to be a supporting detail. If your front door is wood, go for color. Just think about all of the other colors of your home.

How much paint do I need?

I used almost a whole bottle for 8 shutters. Lighter paint colors may require more paint, especially if you’re painting over a dark color. 

How to Paint Shutters

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Supplies Needed

Note: Take extra caution while working on your shutters. I had several wasps fly out from under my shutters.

Cape Cod house before picture

Clean Your Shutters

  1. Start by cleaning off your vinyl shutters. I used a broom to remove cobwebs and dirt, followed by wiping them down with a rag.Clean your shutters

How to Paint Shutters with a Brush

    1. Then I painted the recessed parts of the vinyl shutter (just like a door.) Pouring the paint into a handy pail makes it easy to paint. I painted the lower portions before going back with a stepladder for the upper portions.Start painting the inside of the shutters first.
    2. Then I painted the raised center panels of the shutters, before continuing onto the outer rails.painting shutters with a brush
    3. Like I said, I did not remove the shutters or tape them off. This is why an angled brush is so handy. I was able to cut in and get those edges without touching the siding.

Use painters tape if you feel less confident about your cutting in skills. Otherwise, just paint slowly and let the angled brush do the work.

(If you accidentally get paint on the siding or trim, wipe it away. If you see it after it dries, it can be removed with rubbing alcohol!)

Paint a Second Coat

  1. Although the coverage on this paint was amazing, a 2nd coat was needed. From far away, it looked amazing. But I gave it another coat anyways. close up of first coat of paint

DecoArt Curb Appeal dries to a hard, glossy finish that looks amazing. My shutters looked old and cheap before, but with a new paint job, they look way less plastic. I love the black so much. It gives my house a classic, updated look.

Updated painted vinyl shutters
The light is making the shutters look weird, but they look nice and shiny in person.

Painting the shutters is the kind of project that made me wonder why it had taken me so long. The amount of work compared to the payoff in curb appeal made this project very worth it.

Painting the shutters and the door instantly updated my home. If you’ve ever considered painting vinyl shutters, I highly recommend it. I can’t stop smiling when I look at the changes!

How to Paint a Front Door


Whole house update with painted vinyl shutters and painted front door.

I am so in love with these black shutters!! Now that you know how to paint shutters, what are you waiting for?

In just a few hours, these eyesores were transformed! I no longer want to rip them off the house. Painting your shutters is a simple way to boost curb appeal, but painting your front door can also make a huge improvement.

painted black shutters

Updated curb appeal picture with yellow front door and black shutters

How have these painted shutters held up?

Added July 2018

I painted my shutters about 9 months ago and they still look great. There are no chips, no scratches and no fading. I live in Maryland, so they have survived freezing temps, snow, crazy, endless rain storms, and high summer temps.

July 2019

They still look great! I’m so glad I took the time to paint them! It has been worth the effort!

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6 thoughts on “The Lazy Girl’s Guide on How to Paint Shutters”

  1. This is JUST what I was looking for – thank you! We just bought a pale grey house (in NoVa) with only very slightly darker grey shutters and I already want to rip them off. This is precisely the DIY help I needed. Our door is dark wood but I too am thinking black (or maybe navy). So excited I don’t have to pull them down! (Because you just KNOW that would have required 17 more trips to the hardware store for SOMETHING!)

  2. I have a cream colored house with black shutters. I want to paint my door a pretty color. Do you think the door and shutters should match?

    • They *can* match, but they don’t have to. I love a bright, colorful door because it draws the eye to the front door. I’ve also seen colorful shutters with a black or wood door. It’s a matter of preference. (Personally, my windows are ugly, so I don’t want to draw any attention to them.)

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