They can be made of any number of kinds of wood as well as metal.
Whether they actually function, are decorative, or serve only as a screen, they will eventually need a face lift.
With a little bit of effort, you can give your interior attractive shutters a new lease on life! Of course you don't want to paint over dirt, so the first order of business is to thoroughly clean your shutters.
Remove them from where they hang and find a good, well-lit and ventilated place to work.
Assuming you've been dusting them all along, this shouldn't be a lengthy process.
But if they've accumulated some dust, a dry cloth should do the trick.
However, if your shutters are near the kitchen or have gotten a waxy build-up from furniture polish, you'll have to go a bit farther.
You can make up a soapy solution using dish washing liquid and, using a soft cloth or sponge, go over the entire shutter.
Allow it to dry thoroughly before painting.
It cannot be stressed enough that the shutter must be completely clean and absolutely dry before you begin applying paint.
Next examine the shutter.
If there is any pealing paint, you'll need to sand that area.
It's not necessary to sand the entire shutter, but be careful to smooth with the sandpaper until there are no ridges of any kind.
When you apply the new paint, they'll stick out like sore thumbs! When you've prepared your shutters for painting, begin with the side that will show the least.
Place the shutter in an upright position with the slats angling down.
The ideal for painting your slats would be to have a brush their exact width.
Place the brush on the topmost slat at the outer edge where it meets the frame.
Draw it across the louver and stop at the middle.
Then place your brush on the inner edge of the same slat and draw the brush back toward the middle, going just beyond, overlapping a bit.
Each slat should be painted in this same fashion, top to bottom.
When this has been completed you can then paint the frame, followed by the top and bottom and the sides.
Be sure to smooth out all drips and make sure you get complete coverage.
When you've finished this first side, you turn the shutter over and flip it upside down, so that once again the louvers are angling down and the unpainted side is facing you.
Obviously this will take more than one painting session, so be sure to have someplace you can lean your shutter to dry.
If you feel a second coat is necessary you'll follow these same exact instructions.
Be sure to allow your interior window shutters to completely dry before hanging them back up.
In no time at all you'll have indoor window shutters that look like new!