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How To Make Shutters Using Fabric and Cabinet Doors

Soften any window with easy-to-make fabric shutters that coordinate with the room's decor.

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  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Pick out the cabinet doors

Choose cabinet doors that are flat on both sides. Measure the width and length of the door and double both measurements for the fabric panel. Be sure to choose a print rather than a stripe or a plaid: it will be easier to work with.

Step 2: Attach the fabric to the doors

Fold the fabric in half horizontally so it fits the door lengthwise and is twice the door's width. Fold the side under and begin attaching the fabric to the door at the top, pleating and stapling at the same time. (Secure the raw edges with a little hot glue if necessary, or just fold it as you go.) At the other side, fold the raw edge under as before. Pleat and staple the bottom edge also.

Step 3: Apply the trim and hardware

Apply trim to cover the top and bottom edges. Fold under the ends of the trim and hot-glue it in place. Attach a drawer pull or other type of fastener to each panel.