The Big Reveal: Oregon Cottage Makeover with White Window Shutters

Abigail Sawyer | 09 May 2014 | Home Tours

A few weeks ago we told you about blogger Shannon Fox's DIY home improvement challenges and desperate need to replace her ugly plastic mini blinds.

Shannon's Fresh Cottage Living Room

After overcoming several home décor hiccups, Shannon's living room makeover is complete! We're are proud to say that Shannon's windows are ugly no more. Classic Shutters now are the perfect compliment to her sweet cottage décor.

White interior shutters in a living room

After she installed her gorgeous new floors, Shannon's' crummy mini blinds stuck out like a sore thumb. The living room looks polished and pulled together with Norman Woodlore Shutters from (that she installed herself!).

plastic mini blinds in the living room before the new shutters

Why Are Shutters The Holy Grail of Window Coverings? designers and customers alike are big fans of Norman Woodlore Shutters. Here are a few reasons why:

  1. Classic style
  2. Craftsman construction
  3. Solid faux-wood material won't warp or crack
  4. Look of real wood without the expense
  5. Baked on paint won't fade or scratch
  6. Easy installation
  7. Safer for kids
  8. Durability for decades

Shannon Talks Shutters

"At long last, with the new shutters installed, we now have every window in the house properly finished with beautiful window coverings. They are perfect. Just like I knew they would be."

white interior shutters behind the living room couch

Did You Know? Shutters are a Top Choice for Insulation

Shannon says

"It’s not like we get blazing heat here living on the coast, but when it’s bright. The light control with these is incredible. The front side of the house gets the brunt of the morning sun and I’m looking forward to the house being cooler in the warm Summer months now that these bad-boys are up!"

White interior shutters in a bright living room with dark wood floors

Beginner Friendly Installation

Shutters may look complicated, but the Norman Woodlore Shutters from are surprisingly easy to install. You can do it in 4 steps:

  1. Join the 4 frame pieces at the corners with small connectors.
  2. All shutters are custom made, so the frame should fit perfectly in your window.
  3. Secure the frame to the window by inserting screws into the pre-drilled holes. (Shannon used a nail gun instead.)
  4. Hold the shutter panels to the frame and line up the hinges. Insert hinge pins to secure.

How to install plantation shutters

Shannon's Easy As Pie Installation

"I think it may have taken longer to unbox and unwrap each shutter from the protective coverings than it did to actually install. It took about 30 minutes to put up each shutter from unboxing to completion!"

Cozy Cottage Perfection

How could Shannon choose anything but shutters with her louvered hutch and this adorable little lantern to match!

interior shutters in reflection of mirror over bar cart

The accessories truly make the room, and Shannon's are perfect.

Shop Shutters to Get the Look for Your Home!

Read More about Shannon's Living Room Makeover at Fox Hollow Cottage:

To Do List Update: Window Coverings

To Make NEW Shutters Fit OLD House Windows

Easy DIY Shutter Installation

New Plantation Shutters Reveal

  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is the Manager of Social Media Marketing for She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw