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photo of exterior house paint with color blocking technique

As you may or may not know, when we were getting the house ready for my Equipped Conference, there were LOTS of projects to do on the inside and outside of the house. One of them being the whole exterior of the house, which you can see how we painted HERE.

photo of the shutters with dark brown paint

We LOVE the modern look of the color blocking, but we really wanted to keep it warm so it didn’t feel too modern. So, we planned to add some wood components. My designer friend Deb from Metropolitan Designs wanted our shutters and trim on the garage door to look like wood. The problem was, the wood had already been painted (as you can see in the photo above)… and if wood is already painted, you basically have to strip the wood in order to stain it again.

shutters on the front of the house being repainted

shutters being painted by contractor

So, we basically needed to create a faux stained look. We did that by repainting the shutters in Sherwin-Williams Tatami Tan in a satin finish. It’s very orange and looks very scary at first. LOL. But I promise it’s perfect for this project!

shutters around window with new stain

After painting them in Tatami Tan and then we tested out two colors of stain on top. We ended up going with Minwax Espresso, which you can find HERE on Amazon

We had the painters just dry brush the stain over top of the paint! We did not do a topcoat, so it may or may not fade in time. If it does, we can always do a topcoat then, but for now, we liked the matte look!

faux wood shutters on front of hoursside view of front of house with faux wood shutters and color blocking paint

dark grey garage with faux wood trim and faux wood shutters around window

That’s all there is to it! I love this finish sooo much because it’s fairly simple and it looks beautiful!

faux wood garage door finish on another house

If you liked this blog post teaching you how to make your shutters look like wood, you’re gonna LOVE my free tutorial to make your garage doors look like wood! The picture you see above is one of the garage door finishes we used to do all the time in my Magic Brush Inc. painting company! You can get my tutorial for free HERE.

If you missed the blog post on our GOLD front door, check that out HERE! Also, you can read about our bluestone paver front steps HERE.

You can pin the graphic to your home inspiration board on Pinterest!

Faux Wood Shutters by Jennifer Allwood

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