Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A Prairie Shutter

My new year started out with a list of  projects a mile usual.
I wanted to take advantage of the free time my husband has during the winter
before his busy season begins in the spring.
So, after a quick trip to Home Depot for some wood planks and T-hinges,
Project #1 was quickly completed.

This little south facing window in the kitchen fills our kitchen with light in the spring and summer,
but it also allows the cold of winter and the heat of summer to creep in.
The windows in this old farmhouse are less than energy-efficient,
so creativity in keeping out the cold and heat is imperative...

until we win the lotto and can afford to replace them all.

So, the simple solution to keeping us a bit warmer this winter
was the addition of another prairie shutter.

You can see the other pink prairie shutters in our home here and here.

The Mister built them in an hour's time.
I immediately swished on a coat of my favorite prairie pink,
and the next morning they received a scrubby white-wash of creamy white.

A bit of roughing up with my palm sander,
and they were up in a flash.

Our kitchen is already feeling a bit warmer.
I love pulling them open each morning to the let the pale winter sunshine in,
and closing them at dusk against the cold, starry night.

{♥ I want to thank each and every one of you for your heartfelt prayers and comforting words during the recent loss of my sweet little Sophie. They meant so very much to me. God bless you all. ♥}

~  Eucharisteo  ~

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  1. I really like these. They are not only functional but lovely to look at.

  2. Your hubby is a gem, Laurie. They look great.

  3. I love when we can mix practical with pretty. Just love these!


  4. They are simply precious! So nice of your Mr. to do all your wants for you.Hope you have a blessed 2014 ~Cheers Kim

  5. Your shutters are adorable! They fit in so nicely with your pretty decor. Lovely job...the both of you! Blessings! xo

  6. Ooooh, how I love your shutters!!! It looks amazing and very prairie. I want shutters too, but my windows are not good for them, too big and too near to the wall. I need a new house :-) Have a wonderful days sweetie, hugs to you! Michaella

  7. Gorgeous Shutters... Your husband is fantastic... Love them... Hugs May x x x

  8. Good morning, Laurie!

    I am so happy that I discovered your blog when I started mine up again in December. I LOVE your shutters. In fact, this is exactly what I want to do in our tiny cottage! We built the cottage 5 years ago, passed the final inspection, and immediately moved on to other big projects. Finishing trim and window treatments are on my 2014 wish-list.

    But we're getting closer. We are still working on building our heated workshop. Just passed inspection on the rough wiring, and will be measuring for insulation today. But once it's done, I'm looking forward to finishing up the trim & making shutters (just like yours)!

    Hugs, and Happy New Year to you and yours,

  9. I love them Laurie!!!! Your husband rocks!!!

  10. Love love love your new shutters sweetie!... I can just picture sitting in your kitchen, sipping a cup of coffee and chatting with you... the sun streaming in through that window... sigh... also love your RA apron... did you make it or buy it?... so pretty!... xoxo Moi

  11. Love your shutters !!! I want too,but we have bad windows for shutters...we have new house...And very much love the Somerset by RA-its one of my fav fabrics!!!
    Have a nice day Laurie ♥

  12. I saw your link over at Creative Inspirations and had to come see more! Those are so lovely and so practical as well - the perfect combination. Love your photography too!

  13. So pretty Laurie, rustic but functional.

  14. So pretty Laurie, rustic but functional.

  15. Wow an hour build time! Your Mister is one talented guy.
    You did a very pretty paint technique.

  16. Luv! Not only luvly but practical as well. The perfect combo :)
    Happy New Year to you and yours Laurie.
    hugs, Gee

  17. Laurie these look great and I like the way the sun shines when they are just barely open. Pretty.


  18. Oh, beautiful shutters! And your sweet little Sophie had a good life, I think, and died with 18 years, a high age! But I know, how hard it is, to loose an beloved animal ! Don't be too sad ! Hug, Barbara

  19. What a gorgeous and useful item and Hubby made them! Go, Hubby!

  20. great window, love how the shutters look and how you have contrast with the wood frame, so cool

  21. Laurie, they are just beautiful! Your vision was amazing, they are perfect! Your husband is so sweet to make them too, I wish my guys was more handy like that! Just beautiful and your photos are so soft and romantic. I always love visiting you!
    Love ya,

  22. Inspiring Laura, and what a guy!
    I have to do the guy thing around here, and I am still going to make some, I am just looking for the right time, right wood, and having to trim off my windows as you have done to yours.

    Love the look for the old or heat, and just the effect of a euro chic home.


  23. Good morning Laurie,
    Your shutters are very cute and practical! I love how you've shabbied them up. Thanks for sharing at my HOME and have a wonderful weekend.


  24. what a perfect little remedy
    for a lonely little window

    i love the shutters you crafted!


  25. Adore the shutters! Btw, sent you an email answering your question about my purple chair.. I am not sure if you got it but let me know xox

  26. This is a perfect solution for an odd window I have. Thanks for the inspiration.

  27. I love those wooden shutters! Such a great old fashioned idea to insulate your windows and provide privacy when needed. Your husband must be like mine. Mine is less busy in the winter and then very busy in Spring. I'm doing the same thing and taking advantage of his "down time". LOL! So sorry to hear about your cat's passing. Having a pet pass away is a VERY difficult thing! They are members of our family and the grief is just as strong. Lately, I've been seeing a lot of bloggers losing their pets. It seems you're not alone this time of year.

  28. More shutters, LOVE! Both functional and ever so pretty! So sorry to hear about the loss of Sophie! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  29. a practical and perfect addition to your already lovely home. Thank you so much for helping to make the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop so much fun Hugs!

  30. These are so adorable, Laurie. That they are functional, too is just a bonus!
    Love them.

  31. Hi Laurie, So nice to meet you and thank you for stopping by and your kind comment and new following. I have so enjoyed my visit here and so thrilled that dear Julie Marie introduced us. Your blog is lovely and I adore your gorgeous prairie shutter. What a wonderful idea to keep out the cold while giving such a special shabby touch. The color is beautiful!! I am your newest follower too and also signed up to follow by email. Thanks to Julie who is the dearest friend and beautiful heart. I have been friends with Julie for many years and she is so special and a true blessing.
    Thanks again for stopping by. Have a wonderful evening and blessings to you.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  32. What sweet shutters your husband whipped up.

  33. What a gorgeous looking shutter Laurie! Your darling hubby did a wonderful job :-)

  34. They're perfect, Laurie! Your shutters are fantatic! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  35. Laurie, You've got a great husband! The shutters will keep you both warm and cozy!!

  36. Hi Laurie!
    Beautiful post and I do love your shutters!

  37. I found your blog from your friend. I love your shutters. We planned for two years now to make some for outside the house. The winds are strong here and they predict seasons will become more severe in future. I worry about objects flying and hitting our windows. Yes I could hear the angels singing ;-)

  38. A.D.O.R.E. these, Laurie! I'm featuring you at Knick of Time Tuesday this week - thanks for sharing at the party!

  39. I Loooove your shutters! I want some just like them,!... and so cool how practical they are!


  40. I love these and it's what I want to do in my house. It's on the list but not sure when it will get done. I should just go for the one in our kitchen for starters because it would warm up that room. Ready for Spring!

  41. Little things like this add so much charm and I love the simple practicality of them too! It's also a beautiful place to hang your gorgeous have me wanting some too!! xoxo


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