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Paint Your Shutters and Garage for Instant Curb Appeal

Learn how to paint your shutters and garage for instant curb appeal this summer using a Wagner paint sprayer to apply a smooth finish!

DIFFICULTY: Intermediate


When life gets busy, it’s easy to overlook your home’s exterior. Over the years, the shutter paint fades, the wood develops rot, the weeds invade your yard, and your home begins to look tired. If you’re looking for an inexpensive, weekend solution to boost your curb appeal, here is how you can paint your shutters and garage for instant curb appeal!

With pretty painted black shutters and fresh white garage doors (and new lighting, flowers, and gardening!), this home looks amazing in just 2 days with a couple gallons of paint and the Wagner FLEXiO 4000 HLVP Paint Sprayer!

With new paint on the shutters, brighter garage doors, and some much-needed de-weeding and cleaning up, my house looks amazing! (Don't get me wrong--we still need to replace the original aluminum siding, and I honestly despise the color of this brick and am trying to convince my family that paint does wonders for ugly brick). Overall, it definitely looks more fresh!


home exterior before


home exterior after

Tools and Materials

Gather a few materials and supplies before getting started.

  • Wagner FLEXiO 4000 HVLP Paint Sprayer
  • Benjamin Moore black paint
  • Benjamin Moore white paint
  • Ladder (optional)
  • Power drill with drivers and drill bits
  • Hose
  • Cleaner and Degreaser
  • Painter's tape
  • Painter's plastic or masking paper
  • Small paint brush
  • Dust mask
  • Gloves
  • Cleaning towels


Remove the Old Shutters

Reaching the top of your home to remove your shutters can be a daunting task if you don’t have a tall enough ladder or the confidence to climb. If necessary, hire a handyman to remove your shutters. You can do the painting; you just need the handyman to remove the shutters.


Clean Off the Shutters

Shutters are filthy because of the beating they take day in and day out. Wash off the shutters with a hose to remove cobwebs. Follow the spraying with a cleaner and degreaser, or use a mixture of vinegar and water.

old shutters

Paint Your Shutters

Let the shutters completely dry before painting. For this part of the project, the easiest way to paint your shutters is with a paint sprayer. I'm using the Wagner FLEXiO 4000 HVLP Paint Sprayer.

Painting shutters with louvered openings would be tortuous to do with a paint brush. When using a paint sprayer like the Wagner FLEXiO, you simply pour your quality exterior paint into the cup (you shouldn't have to thin the paint), twist the handle into place, plug in the blower, pick your spray pattern (they even provide a large paper practice spray pattern sheet before you start spraying on your "real" project), then start painting!

painting with flexio sprayer

Add Multiple Coats

As you're working, if you need to adjust the paint sprayer, there are a couple dials on the handle, such as the adjustable pattern width and the material flow control. On the blower, you'll find the variable airflow control.

Add 1-2 coats of paint on your shutters. Because the FLEXiO applies paint well, you may only need one coat, but add an extra coat for better coverage.

painting with flexio sprayer

Reattach Your Shutters

Let the shutters completely dry before reattaching them to the house. Shutters attached to siding are easy to reattach with exterior screws. To attach shutters to brick, use a hammer drill and concrete screws if necessary.

reattach shutters

Thoroughly Clean the Garage Doors

Just like cleaning your shutters, you definitely need to clean your garage doors before painting them. You can use the cleaner and degreaser, but you can also use a mixture of vinegar and water.

To clean my garage doors, however, I used 30-Second Outdoor Cleaner. Mold and mildew gently removes the grime from your home and garage doors. Using a pressure washer on your siding is too intense and shouldn't be used on siding. However, there are several brands of ready-to-spray cleaner that simply attaches to a garden hose and once sprayed on, can be easily hosed off.


Fix Any Rotted Wood

Trim around doors and windows often gets rotted. Used a rotted wood restorer first, followed by the wood filler to patch the rotted wood.

Let the wood filler dry for 2 hours, then sand as smooth as possible. Put painter's tape down underneath of the area you're patching to prevent dripping the wood filler onto your concrete or flooring.

fix rotten wood

Tape Off to Prevent Overspray

Using painters plastic or masking paper with painter's tape to tape off around the garage to prevent overspray. You'll also need to remove any glass inserts in your garage doors. This step needs two people: one to hold the insert with glass, and the other to unscrew the insert from the inside.

remove windows

Paint Your Garage Doors

The key to getting good results when using your FLEXiO is to spray about 6" to 10" from the surface. Keep the paint sprayer moving, while overlapping sections. Your paint should be “drips and spills free.” Adjust your spray pattern as necessary. Be sure to put paper behind your garage door windows before painting to prevent overspray from going inside the garage.

painting garage door

Change Exterior Lighting

Exterior lamps aren’t something we think a lot about, but they can add a touch of charm and warmth to the exterior of your home. Take note that very old “vintage” lighting can have mounting hardware that may not be compatible with the new hardware of the replacement light. Hire an electrician, if necessary, to update your lighting. Look for exterior lights that cut on automatically at dusk and fits your home’s style.



Let's take another look at how homes can be neglected over time:

  • Mismatched shutters
  • Broken sconces
  • Dirty siding
  • Dingy garage doors

home exterior before


But with a couple cans of paint and a Wagner FLEXiO 4000 HVLP Paint Sprayer, you can completely transform your home into a lovely, updated home--something you can be proud of!

This sponsored post was created by Serena with Thrift Diving.

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