How to Paint Plantation Shutters

I love plantation shutters. We had them in our house growing up, and I have loved them ever since. The house we live in now is the first house Matt and I have lived in where we have plantation shutters. They are great. They look nice. and they are easy to use. I would highly recommend them if you are thinking about putting them in your house. They are expensive, but they are worth it.

The problem with the plantation shutters in our house is they are an off-white. And not a subtle off-white, but the type of off-white that is way more yellow than it should be. The rest of the trim and molding in our house is white, so there is a noticeable difference between the windows/shutters and the trim. As I have started renovating our house room by room this has become more noticeable. So it was time for me to change this up.

Here is you can see the difference between the paint colors for the trim and the window:

Tools Needed:

Paint for Window Trim (We used Pure White Semi Gloss by Sherwin Williams)

Painters Tape


Spray Paint

Pre-taped Painters Plastic (only if you need to paint the window pane)


1. You need to take the shutters off the windows. This can easily be done using a screwdriver or, better yet, a power drill.

2. These next two steps you only need to do if you have paint the window pane. Tape off the window glass using the the pre-taped painters plastic and the window trip using the painters tape. It should look something like this:

3. Spray paint the window pane. This should look something like this (with the tape still on):

This is what it looks like with the tape off: