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Plantation shutters

Should you stain or paint plantation shutter?

What kind of finish should your plantation shutters have?

Plantation shutters are a fantastic investment, especially if you get them custom made. They have a timeless look and will last for years, decades even. But there are quite a few decisions that need to be made to make sure your plantation shutters won’t go out of style. Kirtz can help and will walk you through step by step with the many decisions to make sure your plantation shutters look the best they can. One of those decisions is whether to paint or stain your shutters. Here are some tips to consider: 

Overall look: Ultimately you want your shutters to match the look of your home. Usually this means matching the shutters to the trim of the home creating a clean, unified look. The trim to most homes is some shade of white so it’s reasonable to expect something like that. However, using a stain can add a certain, refined look to your home so it’s always worth considering both options. 

The Process: Depending on the wood used, it might look better to stain or to paint. In addition, if you choose to paint but decide a stain would look better it’s not as simple as just removing the paint. Often times the wood itself must be swapped out. If you’re not sure, maybe start with a stain and go from there. 

Options: When it comes down to it, if what you want are options, paint will give you far more options than staining. Staining has a very defined look and isn’t able to change colors very easily. Paint can come in almost every color under the sun. If you’re looking to find the perfect color match, paint is probably your best bet. 

If you’re ready to start creating your very own custom plantation shutters, give Kirtz a call today at 800-416-6455!

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Oak Plantation Shutters With Hand Rubbed Glazed Finish

Plantation Shutters: Custom finished

Do you love the charming look of plantation shutters? If so, you’re not the only one as they’re actually loved by many different people for many different reasons. In fact, plantation shutters are often referred to as one the most versatile window coverings due to the many options available. The appeal of long-lasting, beautiful hardwood makes them desirable for both the traditional aesthetics of the wood colorings as they were found in nature and also for those with various finishes.

What makes us different? At Kirtz® we don’t just give you a window treatment; however, instead we like to turn your windows into a work of art as we match the plantation shutters of your choosing with your own furniture, the wood trimming throughout the home, or other design elements in a room.

In truth, one of the best ways that our craftsman can make your plantation shutters more personalized is by carefully manipulating the color or finish of the hand-crafted wood to match a homeowner’s own décor. As seen in the photo above, the oak plantation shutters have a hand rubbed glazed finish that were custom finished to blend with the homeowner’s décor.

Just as the oak from which the wood came from these plantation shutters stand the test of strength and endurance. If you’re a lover of oak wood then you’ll understand when we say that there’s just something magical about that handcrafted wood which speaks right to the human soul with its unique, customized appeal.

If you’re in the market for something that portrays an elegant, sturdy look to your house or even just one room, we would be happy to help you with your next customized shutter project. We can do anything from plain wood, staining, or glazing! Contact Kirtz® at 1-800-416-6455 to get started with your project!

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Plantation Shutters That Take Stain Easily

The Best Plantation Shutters For Quick Staining

The truth about 85% of people is that they like variety. Whether it’s what to do over the weekend, the temperature in their home, or which elements to incorporate in their home’s interior design. For those that change their furniture or simple décor often, plantation shutters are one such element that can offer the stability of something in the room that doesn’t need to be removed, yet variable enough that they can match many styles. Staining is a technique that can be applied to any of our wooden shutters, but there are some woods that accept the stain more easily.

The top 5 shutters that take stain easily are:

  • Knotty Alder Plantation Shutters: A benefit of this hardwood is that it has no problems with sap or mineral streaks allowing it to have an even, uniform appearance in grain and color.
  • Ash Plantation Shutters: This wood can be made to blend with other woods, such as oak, by simply tweaking the stain. This is best achieved when using a medium to dark color, so that the natural pigments of the two woods don’t interfere with the finish.
  • Knotty Pine (Eastern White Pine) Plantation Shutters: This wood absorbs the stain easily, most often using a light stain color to highlight the knots and the warmth of the wood.
  • Mahogany Plantation Shutters: This wood not only accepts stain well, but when it does it has a lustrous quality. Dark, rich browns with red undertones are the most common complement to the natural beauty of this wood.
  • Wormy Chestnut Plantation Shutters: Wormy Chestnut does well with a simple, light stain to show off its beauty. A tobacco color, for example, nicely accents the wood’s unique characteristics.

If different, in a good way, is what you’re looking for to dress your windows then look no further than Kirtz® Shutters. We have something to suit every window design and every homeowner’s style. Not only do we make the plantation shutters custom to your home’s windows, but we can also make changes to the natural color of any wood you choose simply by staining! If you have a custom project in mind give us a call at 1-800-416-6455.