I had another set of wood shutters that I painted a gray-blue color (I mixed my son's room color with a gray that I had laying around). Then I left them outside all summer, fall and part of winter. I just didn't know what I wanted to do with them. Today I decided to hang them in my bathroom. They are a little taller than my window, so I may have to cut them, but after the hassle I had trying to hang them myself, and constantly dropping the screws before I got them in the wall, I was completely frustrated and just wanted them hung!
The blind that was hanging my the bathroom was probably 10 years old and dirt just as old. They came with the house.