Obviously the first step is removing the shutters. With a drill in hand, Ehren climbed out the window and pried them off.
After all four shutters came down, our house looked naked and ashamed. But don't those new windows look good all by themselves?
I washed off the shutters pretty well to get rid of cob webs, mud dauber's nests, bugs, etc. so that I would have a clean slate to spray paint.
You can see how gross the back of them looked.
And you can also see that their original color was probably that very blue blue.
Then after washing them off, I realized "these shutters aren't brown, they're green!" I guess the brown dirt that has been covering them for years made me think less green and more brown. Either way, they are going to be black by the time I'm done with them.
I laid them out in the sun to dry thoroughly.