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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Bathroom shutters

I just wanted to share how my lovely bathroom shutters came about.
(OK, they may not be lovely to everyone but they are to me so work with me!)  

When our house was built the builder would not upgrade our bathroom window 
to anything but clear glass.  
Who wants a 4'x4' picture window over their tub?  
Not me!
 Especially since our bathroom window faced the street as well as the community mail boxes.  
I loved the light from the window so we put frosted window film on the window.  
It worked beautifully while the only light sources was across the room.   
Then we added the chandelier over the tub we added a new dimensions to the outside view at night.  One night while getting her mail my neighbor got a little silhouetted peep show.  
Which she reported to me. 

 Now what to do? 
 I loved the light that came in the window and didn't want curtains in the bathroom 
with all the trim we were putting around the window.  
Then I came across this picture.

It was from a Pottery Barn book. 
That was the perfect solution.  
So I set to work looking for shutters.  
With my measurements in hand I went to the Restore.  
And found these lovely babies for $5.

They were too big with all the sections, but we just took out the middle section on both sides. 
 Perfect fit!! 
 Les wanted to cut them down a little.  
We took just a little off the top and the same off the bottom.  
I'm so glad we did. 
 It was a much better proportion. 
 I love them.  
They look so good with the trim,
 let the light in and totally block the view when we use the tub.  

Now lets just look at these lovey ladies.

I love how the chandelier is framed by the window opening above the shutters.

These shutters were already the perfect color. 
 I just scrubbed them down with hot soapy water and touched them up with the trim paint.  
We kept the original knob and hook, 
only I painted them silver, they were gold.  

We opted for new hinges.  
These bigger flat hinges were easier to install.

There they are, my bathroom window coverings
 I love them.

I've gotten lots of comments about how my bathroom has inspired others, 
that's so exciting to me.  
I love to help others as other help inspire me.  
That's what's so wonderful about blog land!!!
Thanks for all the wonderful comments.


The Olde Farmhouse on Windmill Hill said...

They're very lovely - and look so perfect there! You're lucky they were the right color, too. :) I picked some up at my ReStore a couple weeks ago to do the exact same thing in my bathroom. Mine are an ugly brown so I will be painting them white. ~Rachel

Jodi said...

They look beautiful. I love that you have privacy, but still all that light!

Andrea said...

I LOVE shutters! I wanted to have some in our bedroom window (it's 5' by 3') and when I went to Home Depot the cheapest I could find was for $300! No way would I spend that much for one window! Totally crazy! But we do have a salvage place that has a ton of them for a lot cheaper. When We're ready I'll be searching through the piles of shutters to find the right ones. Yours look great!


Celeste B. said...

I don't know why architects design clear bathroom windows. It makes no sense. At least your neighbor let you know so you could fix it!

It looks beautiful!

dee dee said...

What a wonderful find! Love it all!
Dee Dee

Unknown said...

That looks great! I have the same kind of window and maybe I will keep my eye out for some shutters! Thanks for sharing- I was just popping over from the Beneath My Heart blog!

Mary @ Redo 101 said...

That looks gorgeous!!! Just like Pottery Barn, no even better! You really hit the jackpot when you found those at the Restore - I need to visit there more often. Thanks for sharing at Beneath My Heart's linky party!


Heathahlee said...

I LOVE that! I hopped over from Beneath My Heart, and I'm so glad I did! I have been trying to figure out what I want to do when I redo my bathroom, and this may have just answered my question. Now just to find the shutters!

Sara said...

I love it! What a wonderful bathroom. I too have a frosted window over our tub, and I've been trying to figure out what to do with it!

Amy Waller said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THEM!!! Wow! What a difference! I have the same type of window in my bathroom (right over the tub, too), but was like you and didn't want to cover them with curtains. Now I will be on the lookout for some shutters!

Thanks for the inspiration! Great job!

Glenda @ Magnolia Bend Drive said...

I think your bathroom looks very pretty with the shutters. I have a window in my master bath that has frosted glass, but needs something pretty. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

They look very beautiful. Thank you for sharing