It seems like Brett and I discussed the idea of adding plantation shutters to our home for well over a year. We didn’t take action right away since other projects around the house demanded our attention first, and to be quite honest, this project was not going to be cheap. But this past Christmas we decided together that we would use our 2014 tax returns to finally upgrade almost all of the window treatments throughout our home. Since consultations were absolutely free, we received quotes from two different companies in March. In the end, we hired Gotcha Covered of Lafayette to install our latest exciting improvement to our home, and tonight I’m so thrilled to finally share with all of you the images of our beautiful plantation shutters.
To refresh your memory, here are a few pictures of the old window treatments that were left by the previous owner.
I considered switching out all of the shades with wooden blinds initially, but I never felt totally in love with them since, in my opinion, the dangling cords are such a huge eye sore. So I lived with what I was given until we were financially ready to purchase what we really envisioned for the space. And I’m so happy that I was patient since the plantation shutters are both simple and elegant, and they definitely compliment the style of our home.
The shutters darken our bedrooms nicely which is ideal for sleeping in on Saturday mornings. The natural filtered light is also lovely when the shutters are opened slightly (as seen in picture above).
I used a bath towel as my window treatment in the master bathroom for three years, so needless to say I was most excited to see the improvement in this room. No before picture of the bath towel unfortunately.
Magnetic latches allow you to open and close the shutters for easy cleaning. I actually used a Swiffer 360 to dust the shutters just this past weekend. The clean-up seemed effortless since the cleaning tool was easy to use and handle between the shutters.
Working on this project with Gotcha Covered of Lafayette was such a breeze. Once we made the decision to hire them for the job, our consultant Wendy went through all the different options available to us. We selected the PolyCORE shutters in an ivory color that almost identically matched the color of our trim. We chose to go with the PolyCORE shutters as opposed to wood shutters since there wasn’t a noticeable difference between the two, and the cost of the PolyCORE material was significantly easier on our wallet. We also decided to add a tilt bar (surprisingly cheaper than opting not to have one) and divider rails. Installation was also quick and simple since the professional rep was in and out of our home within two hours.
Overall, I am over the moon about my beautiful plantation shutters, and I adore their clean, crisp lines and classic style every single day.
What is your favorite upgrade in your home?