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How to Repair Broken Plantation Shutters

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Unfortunately for me, I now know how to repair broken plantation shutters. Fortunately for you, I can now tell you how to repair broken plantation shutters.

How to Repair Broken Plantation Shutters - Charleston Crafted

How to fix plantation shutters

If you remember, the first project we did in our new house was to install plantation shutters in our front living room.

We needed privacy from people on the street and we were going out of town the first weekend after we moved in. We didn’t want people peering in and knowing we were gone.

With a few mishaps and redos, we got them in place and they look great.

Well, CiCi has a lot of anxiety when we are gone. Like we are never ever ever coming back ever.

Before the shutters were up, we noticed that CiCi had been hanging out at the front window so that she could watch for our return.

After the shutters went up, she didn’t take kindly to the fact that we had covered her window to the world, so she proceeded to knock out four of the slats at the bottom.

How to Repair Broken Plantation Shutters - Charleston Crafted
How to Repair Broken Plantation Shutters - Charleston Crafted

Luckily, the slats themselves didn’t break, but she pulled them out of their frame. We tried to put them back together, but the pegs that had been holding them in place were too long and we couldn’t figure it out.

How to Repair Broken Plantation Shutters - Charleston Crafted

So, we ordered these spring-loaded plantation shutter pins to use to repair them instead.

How to Repair Broken Plantation Shutters - Charleston Crafted

These are great! You can insert them into the plantation shutter frame, push in the pin, and slide the slat into place.

The spring-loaded pins were a little wider than the ones that were in there before. So, I used a drill first to open up the hole a bit.

How to Repair Broken Plantation Shutters - Charleston Crafted
How to Repair Broken Plantation Shutters - Charleston Crafted
How to Repair Broken Plantation Shutters - Charleston Crafted

How do you fix a broken plantation shutter?

So a recap on how to repair broken plantation shutters:

  1. Order these spring-loaded plantation shutter pins
  2. Pop them into the shutter frame
  3. Drill bigger holes into slat if necessary
  4. Put one side of the slat into a pin
  5. Flatten out the other pin using a knife or card
  6. Slide the slat down into place

It was so frustrating trying to use the original pins with no luck. These spring-loaded pins saved me some sanity.

CiCi hasn’t tried to burrow out through the shutters again since, but I’ll know what to do if she does!

If you have broken plantation shutters, I hope that this helps you to fix them!

PS – got more pet problems? Here’s how we get pet urine out of furniture and here is how we clean up pet hair!

How to Repair Broken Plantation Shutters - Charleston Crafted
Yield: 1 set of shutters

How to repair broken plantation shutters

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10-50

Plantation shutters are pretty expensive, so you want to repair them and not replace them. Here is how to fix broken shutters!

Materials

  • Shutter pins

Tools

  • Drill

Instructions

  1. Remove damaged shutter slats.
  2. Remove the pins from the frame.
  3. Pop the new pins into the shutter frame.
  4. Drill bigger holes into slat if necessary.
  5. Put one side of the slat into a pin.
  6. Flatten out the other pin using a knife or card.
  7. Slide the slat down into place.

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Abby Boswell

Saturday 18th of April 2020

Hi! I was wondering how you got the plastic piece out to put the springs in? Definitely interested in doing this if I can get the broke off piece out so I can put a new spring in.

Sean

Sunday 19th of April 2020

Hey Abby, try using a pair of needle nose pliers. Should be able to reach in there and trip the piece and pull it out.

Sahara

Wednesday 22nd of January 2020

Just purchased through your link, crossing my fingers this solution works for ours. Never had slats break off before. Thank you for sharing your experience, I was at a loss how to do it with a rigid pin, but this spring loaded thing seems promising!

Sean

Thursday 23rd of January 2020

I hope so too! It seemed impossible until we figured this out. Please let us know if it works for you!