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Reviving Your Old Shutters with a Fresh Coat of Paint

if we decided to keep the shutters, we knew we had to paint them. We’ve been pricing paint sprayers for awhile, so it was time to finally take the plunge. We purchased this Wagner sprayer from Home Depot, as it came highly recommended from our paint guys at HD (yes, we’re friends with them by now). We set up a paint camp on our back deck and my bada$* hubs took on the role of painter.

They are more courageous than I would be. The painted shutters look great. Looks like they need to replace some of the staples that connect the shutter louvers to the tilt rods, but after having tackled the painting project, that’s no big deal at all!

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Pella Shows Off Window Blinds Automation System Controlled from a Smartphone

Pella’s high-tech window was part of the launch of a new smart-home system called Nexia Home Intelligence by Schlage, a maker of home security systems.

The Nexia system will allow homeowners to remotely control a range of products, including window blinds, door locks, heating and cooling systems, and security cameras,

via desmoinesregister.com

Pella Corp. presented their smartphone enabled window system at CES, which ended Friday.

Pella will be marketing its SmartSync windows this year at Lowe’s home improvement stores.

This stuff is here now and will be available for sale in 2012.They are going to put us blinds installers out of work. I guess I’ll have to start installing smart windows instead.

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Shutters in the Bathroom

Finally, we have Plantation Shutters in our bathrooms.

These shutters are very nice looking. I wonder if they are wood or vinyl? Wood shutters don’t stand up to high humidity very well. With the high end vinyl shutters humidity is not a problem and you really can’t tell them apart without touching them. Vinyl is heavier and requires good quality hardware to keep the panels from sagging under their own weight.