Shutter Buying Guide

Buying custom shutters can be a complex process. We have created this shutter buying guide to provide additional in-depth information about how to purchase the correct shutters for your house, and how to determine which of our custom options you would like to order.

All of our shutters are built to last using mortise and tenon joinery and premium hardwoods like Spanish Cedar and Mahogany, as well as traditional Western Red Cedar. In addition to selecting a material, this guide should help you be able to choose a style from louvered to raised panel, as well as finishing options.

In addition to providing information on the actual shutters, please use our shutter hardware page to select appropriate and operating shutter hardware for your project.


Thoughts on Painting Wooden Shutters and being Sneaky

Published: November 14, 2014

There are probably as many different ideas on how to paint anything made out of wood as there are people with stuff to paint. A lot of the basic, good advice that applies to painting a wooden door also applies to painting a wooden shutter. Things like preparation, ventilation, wearing a painters mask, cleaning, priming, getting good paint, and applying multiple coats of paint. All that is relevant and applies to painting shutters too. However, there are a few unique factors that apply to ... More.


How do operable louvers work?

Published: October 22, 2014

Operable Louvers began to appear in doors and shutters in the middle of the 19th century. They would have been an important part of how a family regulated air flow for their home and controlled how much sunlight shone inside too. Louvers were not  for show! They had an important job to do. If you opt to purchase operable louvers for your door or shutter, then you are buying a little piece of working history, and you’ll want to know just how they work. A person could justifi... More.


A stain on your house - the parts you want stained

Published: October 07, 2014

When most people think of fine wooden furniture, shutters, or doors, they often picture a warm tan or reddish brown color over a surface with beautiful grain patterns. There is nothing more beautiful in the world than good woodwork (well, I think so anyway). For a lot of people it is a bit of a mystery where all that color and detail come from, given how, well, lets just say it, bland a lot of unfinished wood can look like. Some wood can look just great even sitting there on a workbench fresh, a... More.


A Primer on Painting Wooden Doors

Published: September 24, 2014

Honestly, painting a door is not a very complex process. While it is a simple job, it is still something that you should put some thought into. Professional painters are pros for a reason. They use their considerable skill and experience to avoid problems and errors. If you take the time to do it right, you can paint your own wooden door and get some very professional results. I’m going to be talking here about the general process of painting doors, and for the most part what I say here w... More.


Exterior shutters: What's your function?

Published: September 11, 2014

Choosing the style of shutter you want for your home is the fun part of shutter shopping. After that, you will need to consider an important question: Will these shutters actually function? Shutters were originally designed to close over and protect windows, after all. Do you want your shutters to do that?   The Question of Functionality The Functionality of your shutters is an important consideration. It will impact on the amount of hardware needed, the care required in measuring f... More.


On the inside, the right doors for your interior

Published: August 27, 2014

When you are choosing interior doors for your home, get the styles that you like. It’s that simple. After all, your home reflects your tastes, so choose what you like. That said, if your home has a distinctive architectural style, you might be happy choosing doors that compliment that style. Keep in mind, works for an exterior door might not work as well for an interior door. For one thing, you have a lot more flexibility to work with when choosing Interior doors. Gone are the con... More.


The decision hinges on preference: Choosing wood for your door

Published: August 27, 2014

When you are choosing the style of door that you like, by all means go with the one that you like the best. But do not take the choice of wood for your door lightly. Its a big decision! More than just looks, the wood can have a tremendous impact on how well that door will serve you over the years. Of course, if you simply want to match existing doors, your work is already done - get another one of those. For those just beginning to shop for doors, though, it is a good idea to ask yourself ... More.


First things first begins at the front door

Published: August 22, 2014

When it comes to choosing just what kind of front door you want to buy, there is one absolute rule: Buy whatever door makes you truly happy. This is a good rule, and you should always follow it! Still, there are some special factors to consider when you are buying a new front door. In every home the front door is special. That is where the realm of the house and home socially, and culturally, begin. This is where the building stops being just a pile of wood and concrete and becomes an exte... More.


It's not as granular as you think: Choosing the Wood for your Cabinet Doors

Published: August 09, 2014

Here at Estate Millwork, we offer a wide variety of Cabinet doors for you to choose from. The choice of style is entirely up to you, of course, and have fun making your selections! However, a somewhat more involved choice might be which wood to choose. Personal taste is the ultimate guide to your choice, as always, but there are a few things you might consider. Cabinet doors are mostly an indoor feature, but circumstances vary. It might be that you plan on installing a cabinet door ou... More.


Measure for Measure, Shutters

Published: July 25, 2014

Like a lot of things, getting the proper measurements for your shutters is not difficult, but it should be done with a little care. An oversized or undersized shutter might not look right, and it would be a shame to go through the process of getting quality shutters and then find they do not even fit your window. So please don’t neglect this step! A good rule of thumb is to measure for each and every window where you want your shutters. Do not assume that once you have measured one of you... More.


Getting down to business: Important questions before you order Shutters

Published: June 11, 2014

Selecting the shutter that will enhance the curb appeal of your home, or just be something you like to see when you come home at the end of the day, is the fun part. After the fun is over, two important questions need to be answered: How functional will these shutters be? What are the measurements of each shutter I need to order?   The Question of Functionality The Functionality of your shutters is an important consideration. It will impact on the amount of hardware neede... More.


Zen and the art of Shutter Maintenance

Published: June 02, 2014

Anything worth having is worth taking care of. And everything in the world made by the hands of human beings need maintenance. It is as simple as that. These principles apply to everything: space stations, cars, candlesticks, dinner plates, the Great Pyramids of Giza. All of it. And wooden shutters aren’t exempt from maintenance. Maintenance does not need to be a painful thing. When you wash a dinner plate, check to see its not broken, and place it carefully in its cabinet, you have jus... More.


Beyond preference: Finding the right exterior shutters for your home's architecture

Published: May 20, 2014

When you consider what style of exterior shutter to purchase for your home, there really is just one Golden Rule: What kind of shutter do you prefer? You can never go wrong choosing a shutter that you’re happy to see when you pull into your driveway. However, if you want to pick your Shutter based on the architectural style of your home, then a little knowledge of how the various types of shutters serve those styles will help.   Weather or not Remember, a Shutter is more than ju... More.