While we were replacing the shutters 2 hinges on the upper story of the house had the hinge pinned together because we couldn’t get the pin out.
We replaced the side of the hinge that went on the shutter with an extra hinge.
The tricky part was removing the flapping sides from the window frame. The pins were stuck. We couldn’t knock the rusty pins out with a hammer and a screwdriver.
Charlie was more successful with a pair vise grips squeezed around the top of the pin and a hammer pounding up on the pliers.
Unfortunately the lower hinge wouldn’t budge. In fact the screws holding the hinge into the window frame were failing which gave too much play to the hammering. When one of the screws actually fell out we were afraid we’d have to remove the storm window in order to replace the hinge.
Instead, in our pile of tools was an offset screwdriver which allowed us to replace the screw even though we didn’t have a straight shot to the screw head.
Once the hinge was secured in place the hinge pin could be hit hard enough to remove it.
Then we hung the freshly painted shutter.
We could have heated the hinge with a blow torch and it would have easily come apart. Unfortunately we couldn’t find our blow torch. I’m sure it will show up in the near future.
Are your tools and supplies organized and readily available?
With some help from Sug I finally got some (OK 3 sets) shutters hung back on the house.
Early in the week she primed three sets of shutters that I thought went on the windows on the second floor and the front of the house.
Yesterday was a perfect weather day to spray paint all sides the final color. I painted the back first then flipped them and sprayed the front.
In the meantime Sug finished priming and painting the exterior window frames on the front of the house that Charlie had begun.
Sug removed the hinge pins we had been storing on the hinge-halves attached to the house. I sanded the rust off the pins and oiled them to deter future rust.
Then I climbed our tall ladder and hung each shutter.
Unfortunately I mistakenly painted a set of shutters that go on the side of the house. We couldn’t hang the pair because we cannot get the hinge pins out of the hinges. We’re hoping that oiling them well will loosen the pins and allow us to pry them out.
A taste of shutters on the windows displays just how decorative they are.
We’re working on getting all shutters hung this fall, 3 sets at a time.
Does your house have a detail that gives it style?
I removed the summery yellow flowered pillows and moved around the other ones putting the blue ones from the sofa on the rattan divan and replacing them with the chartreuse ones and other darker pillows.
I cleared the mantel and placed an old dish and some other vintage items.
I cut fresh hydrangeas from the yard.
I couldn’t take photos in natural light because it was so dreary all day.
Final stamp of approval: Charlie fell asleep on the sofa almost immediately after I finished switching things up.