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No to Plantation Shutters? Try Wood Blinds!

Wood Blinds: If plantation shutters don’t work for you. 

Plantation shutters are a great choice for most styles of home. They blend in easily and have a timeless look to them. But not every style or budget has room for plantation shutters. Luckily, if plantation shutters don’t work you don’t have to resort to drapes or bare windows to get by. In fact, in addition to fabulous Kirtz® plantation shutters we also have options for a full range of beautiful, real wood blinds. These blinds can naturally complement to many styles and budgets. 

It’s the American way to have options right? Out woods blinds make it possible for you to have a variety of styles. You can choose to have your real wood blinds painted, stained, or crafted with one of our specialty finishes. There are a rainbow of colors and design opportunities abound so making wood blinds should be just an unique an experience as custom ordering our plantation shutters. 

The best part about wood blinds is that they last. Unlike plastic blinds, wood slats won’t bend in the middle if someone decides to tug on them. Wood blinds will outlast any department store blinds by a large margin. The slats are also completely adjustable, making it possible for to keep the blinds closed for ultimate privacy, slightly open to let just enough light in, or totally open to see everything outside. 

Depending on what color you choose, wood blinds can add warmth to the room you hang them up in or add subtle, quaint charm. So, if plantation shutters just aren’t your thing, consider instead installing wood blinds. We’d be happy to help you decide what design will look and function best for your home project. When your ready to get started, give Kirtz® a call at 1-800-416-6455 today!

Decorative Cornice Top on Plantation Shutters by Kirtz

If you are looking to dress up your window with a practical and gorgeous window treatment, plantation shutters are the way to go… If you want some serious WOW factor,  consider adding a KIRTZ Shutter with a cornice top.

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Kirtz Shutters at Wichita Home Builders Show, Feb 4-7 2010

This weekend Kirtz Shutters will be introducing our new remote controlled shutter, TLC, at the home and garden show in Wichita, KS.    A motorized shutter is the perfect solution for hard to reach windows such as those over bathtubs, high windows in rooms with two story ceilings, or any situation where light and heat is best controlled with the touch of a button.

The Wichita Home and Garden show provides an excellent opportunity for homeowners, designers and builders to see the quality of the Kirtz Shutter first hand and visit with our Wichita area sales representative.  In addition to the motorized shutter, Kirtz will display a many hardwood shutters in a variety of shapes, woods and finishes.

Kirtz will be located in the Expo Hall Booth 502/504

The show hours are as follows:

Thursday Feb 4: 1pm-9pm

Friday and Saturday Feb 5,6:  10am-9pm

Sunday Feb 7: 10am-5pm

Kirtz Shutter Craftsmanship; what a quality finish adds to your custom shutter

Without a quality finish on  a custom shutter, the value created by using a high quality wood, and rigorous construction standards would be minimized.   Let’s take a look at how Kirtz Shutters achieves a  quality finish on our custom shutters. 

Linear Priming (painted shutters only)

Components of our painted maple shutter are primed in lineal form.  By priming in lineal form we can ensure an even coating of primer, up to two mill thickness on each part of the shutter.  A high quality prime helps the shutter take finish coats well.

Wood Grading (painted and stained shutters)

Not all components make the final cut for a Kirtz Shutter.  All of our components are inspected before they reach the production line and undesirable sections of wood with flaws are marked as not suitable for a Kirtz Shutter.

Prep Work~ Where the Magic Happens

Even the best quality wood has some imperfections.   To get a smooth finish involves a high level of attention to detail during prep work.   Imperfections are fixed during 2 different stages of manufacturing.  

The Production Line — Filler is applied to the any noticeable flaws in the wood and sanded out smooth.  

Brown and Sand — Shutters enter this area after they are built, and before they enter the finish room.  High intensity spotlights shine down upon the shutters, highlighting any slight flaw that might show up in the final product.  These minor flaws are fixed with putty and sanding, and then the finish sanding begins. 

Finish sanding is done by hand, with very fine sandpaper.  Every inch of the Kirtz Shutter is finish sanded, including the top of the tilt rod, an area that few manufactures take the time to address.  After final inspection, they are ready for finish.

shutters are inspected for flaws under high intensity lights

shutters are inspected for flaws under hign intensity lights

 

any small flaws are fixed before finish is applied

any small flaws are fixed before finish is applied

During finish Kirtz Shutters are hung from a track system on cars that allow the shutter to rotate completely.  This makes sure, whether painted or stained, each shutter receives an even amount of paint/stain on all parts of the shutters resulting in a smooth, even finish from any angle.

plantation shutters in the paint finish room

plantation shutters in the paint finish room

Painted Shutters receive  two coats of  lacquer paint finish on top of the primer.  In between coats, shutters are quality inspected.  All our paint has UV inhibitors in it to help keep your custom shutters looking great, even in the most intense sun.

Stained Shutters are sprayed with your stain color, typically a custom mix done just for you.  Each shutter receives two coats of stain.  In between coats, the shutters are taken down off the track, hand wiped and lightly sanded    This step is the differential between standard finish and a truly furniture quality finish.    Without it the shutter color would appear a bit opaque, what some people call “muddy” .  To finish up, we put two coats of clear finish on the shutters to protect the wood and bring up the beauty of the grain.   We use a 20 sheen, which gives a nice luster to the wood and provides the finish with depth.  

After finishing is complete, Kirtz Shutters sit overnight to let the finish have time to cure.  Depending on the time of the year, painted finishes are given extra curing time in a cool room.

While each area of our factory plays a key role in making the Kirtz Shutter a bench quality product,  the finish department plays a critical role in making the work of all the other departments really shine.

Walnut Plantation Shutters in Commercial Spaces

This post is about a very special project for Kirtz Shutters.    We just completed installation of walnut shutters for Coach Gundy’s office, the head football coach of Oklahoma State University. Go Pokes!

Our company is composed of many individuals who “bleed orange”, no one more so than our owner, Chris.  So needless to say, we felt privileged to have the opportunity to work on this project.

But lets talk about the shutters, there are a few unique charecteristics to note about this project.

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