How To: Update Exterior Vinyl Shutters for $20

Riverdale Ranch exterior curb appeal

When it comes to affordable curb appeal, always think paint. While painting the entire exterior can be pricey, painting shutters, posts, etc. can make a big difference.

Our vinyl shutters were a brick red color that matched the front door. When I re-finished the front door using gel stain (see the huge transformation here!), the shutters needed a face lift too. I was once told that the color every room needs is black, so why not apply that advice to the exterior as well? I completely changed the look of our exterior vinyl shutters in an afternoon for $20! 

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– Water hose

-Cleaning brush


-Tide/bleach/water mix (my go to cleaning solution for EVERYTHING courtesy of @Gocleanco– 4 cups hot water, 4 tsp bleach, 1 tsp Tide laundry powder)

Rustoleum Painters Touch 2X Ultra Cover Paint and Primer black spray paint

-Cardboard/plastic drop cloth

STEP 1: Remove Shutters

Our shutters were “nailed” in with plastic pegs that are easily removed. Make sure to keep up with the pegs! Put them in a plastic baggie to keep them together and safe. If your shutters are different sizes, create a system to mark the location so you can remember where they go when it’s time to hang them back up.

STEP 2: Clean Shutters

I laid mine out in the driveway, and used the hose to spray them clean. I used a brush and the Tide/bleach/water solution to scrub away dirt, mildew and cobwebs as necessary. 

STEP 3: Dry, prep and spray

Allow the shutters to dry, it won’t take long if it’s a sunny day. Lay out cardboard or a plastic drop cloth underneath the shutters and spray paint. Always shoot for multiple light coats to decrease dripping, running and over spraying. Move in a sweeping motion, not staying in one spot too long. Allow them to dry at least an hour between coats. For reference, my 8 large shutters and 2 small shutters required 2 coats each and about 5 cans of spray paint.

STEP 4: Hang shutters and enjoy

After the paint dries, nail them back up. You can either spray the pegs before you replace them, or carefully spray/paint the pegs once they have secured the vinyl shutters back to the wall. 

It’s amazing how the black pops against the brick instead of blending in. Contrast is a good thing my friend! I’d love to see how your project goes, please share!