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House Exterior: Mini Makeover with Nu-Wood

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Since moving to the lake, I have posted a few times about the exterior of my house.  The front (street side) and back (lake side) look as if they are from two different homes.

front view of lake house

The front of the house looks like a one-story contemporary home…

How to paint a faux woodgrain finish on front doors that looks like real wood.

…especially with the design on the double front doors. Many that arrive via the front door think the house is a small ranch style house.

exterior house color scheme

It is not until you go inside or see the house from the lake side that you see the house is a bigger two-story home that has a totally different rustic appeal.

I also have mentioned in a post or two that I was not sure I liked the color of the exterior. Since we have lived in the house for 2 years now. I have come to like the color after doing a lot of “exterior color scheme” research. I found that the exterior colors of my house are quite popular in mountain, ocean, and lake regions of the country.

Exterior Color schemes for lake homes

Most of these homes have cedar or plank siding, where my house has beige brick with panel siding, but I understand now about the use of the dark teal/green color scheme on my house.

House Exterior-Makeover-with-NuWood-Shutters

Even with my new found acceptance of the color, something still didn’t feel right. Something was missing…. interest, color balance?

Remember, I am not looking for big knock-down changes since we don’t have a budget for any major undertaking. We are content with making small changes.

It took two years, but I finally figured out what I could do on a budget to make this side of the house look more cohesive.  See the second floor shed dormer?

lake house

It has always looked unfinished to my eye.

my house on the lake

Recently when we were coming home on our boat via the lake, it came to me…

Lake house living

…an easy way to give the lake side of the house what it was missing.

What did we do?

House Before and After Exterior Makeover using Nu Wood shutters

We added board and batten shutters from Nu-Wood to the 3 sliding-glass doors along the second floor shed dormer.

If you haven’t heard of Nu-Wood shutters, they are one of the easy to install decorative millwork products for the inside and outside of homes.

The products made by Nu-Wood are not made of wood, but an advanced process of molding polyurethane that can be replicated to look and feel like wood while integrating the advantages of polyurethane products – namely they will never chip, peel or crack, nor will they be affected by the weather or insects. No maintenance needed. I like that!

The shutters were delivered right to our front door and were ready to install right out of the box. All the Nu-Wood millwork products come factory primed, and can be installed with no further painting, or you can have Nu-Wood custom paint your products using any one of the 1500 colors available through the Sherwin Williams outdoor line of paints.

I had the shutters made up by Nu-Wood in the Sherwin Williams color, Umber Rust to coordinate with the wood decking and railings.

All I needed to do to order them was measure how tall the sliding doors were and choose a Sherwin Williams paint color. They were delivered last Friday and Ed had them installed in an hour this past Saturday morning.

How to Install Nu-Wood Shutters

supplies needed to install Nu-Wood shutters on a home exterior

supplies needed:

  • Nu-Wood Board and Batten Shutters customized to size and color
  • Exterior screws – I used 10 x 2-1/2″ length
  • Drill and drill bit the diameter of screws
  • Exterior Spackle
  • Spackle knife
  • Damp rag
  • Bubble level
  • Sherwin Williams paint for touch-up over screw holes
  • Small paint brush

How to drill holes to install Nu-Wood shutters

  1. Pre-drill 12 counter-sunk holes in each shutter.

Where to pre-drill holes in Nu-Wood shutters for exterior screw placement

2. The drilled holes should be spaced evenly on the shutter, 4 row of 3 holes across as shown.

How to install Nu-Wood shutters

3. Place shutters where you want and check level.

How to hang Nu-Wood shutters

4. Attach by counter-sinking exterior screws into the pre-drilled holes.

Nu-Wood shutter installation guide

5. Fill holes with exterior Spackle or filler. Wipe excess Spackle around hole with a wet rag before it dries. Isn’t is amazing how the Nu-Wood shutters look like real wood? They feel like real wood, too.

Nu-Wood Shutters how to install

5. Let Spackle in holes dry.

How to hide screws in Nu-Wood shutters after hanging them?

6. Once Spackle is dry, touch up using the same color Sherwin Williams paint the shutters were made in.


BEFORE Lake house without shutters

No shutters.

House AFTER with Nu-Wood Shutters

AFTER Lake House with shutters

With shutters.

A simple addition that adds overall color balance and makes the exterior look cohesive.

Shed Roof home with Nu- Wood Shutters

My favorite part is how the stained color on the stairs to the deck lead your eye up to the second floor now where the same color is on the shutters. :-)

Exterior House mini makeover before and after

Just the interest I was looking for.

Exterior Update to home by adding shutters to frame sliding doors.

Thanks to Nu-Wood for working with me on this update and my handy guy who helps in making sure that all my home improvement ideas come to fruition. :-)

You can find out more about Nu-Wood and the all the products they make over at the Nu-Wood website. There are many products ranging from shutters to small decorative millwork pieces to accent the exterior and interior of a home.

To order, email their sales department at [email protected] and they will let you know where the closest location is to get Nu-Wood products. They sell only through distributors like 84 Lumber and other regional lumber yards across the U.S.

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  1. I can see why you needed some perspective – in time and distance! – to see what the fix should be. Just like life – time and distance help us figure things out. What a wonderful and brilliant idea – and so easy to do for your go-to guy! It looks finished and beautiful. Bravo!

  2. Diane, I absolutely love this project. It’s funny…I’m on your email following list, but I saw this first on pinterest as I have been browsing online for new low maintenance shutters to replace some that flew off of my house during a storm. The first time I found your blog was years and years ago when I was googling vinyl floorcloths. I have loved following your projects in both of your homes and look forward to seeing all that you continue to do to make your new home “you”!

  3. I think it’s a great budget makeover. I am wondering though if the sliders on the top are older than the windows on the bottom? The bottom windows have a teal surround and I think that’s what makes them look finished as compared to the sliders at the top.

    1. Hi Katie – The doors are different on the top and bottom. The ones on the top are newer, two panes and made of metal. Where the bottom doors are three panes and made of wood. I think if the metal trim around the top doors was painted the same color as the house and trim around bottom doors, they would not stand out since the trim color would match the wood. In my dream plans I would love to install all new sliders across both the top and bottom. Someday… :-)