Driving home one Saturday I stumbled upon a garage sale in Elburn, IL at a church that was selling old shutters. At the time, I was actively operating under the Weld, Fab, Rehab name and was looking for my next set of projects to transform. I saw the shutters, made an offer and voila, I now had six shutters to reimagine. Let the crafting begin!
On the first shutter I took out the top half of the slats and cut out a piece of scrap wood to fit in the space and painted the wood insert with chalkboard paint. I then reused the shutter lever as a chalk ledge. I added two wooden applique medallions I purchased from Walmart for 98 cents each and painted the shutter in a blue-gray finish. A $10 investment and one of my favorite pieces.
Keepsake Display Shutter:
On this shutter, I removed the top half of the slats and used chicken wire to fill in the space so it could be used to display pictures, notes, etc. I added wooden applique medallions and painted the shutter in a blue-gray finish. An $11 investment and one of my favorite pieces.
Planter Box Shutter:
The third shutter I painted colonial red and attached a planter box I purchased at Hobby Lobby to the front using screws. I added another wooden applique medallion I purchased from Walmart for 98 cents. Total investment of $18 and is now displayed beautifully on my back patio and is home to the occasional birds nest.
Towel Bar Shutter:
I decided to make into a towel bar using different black pipe I found in the plumbing section. I attached two mason jars to the corners using stainless steel hose clamps and painted the shutter in an apple red spray paint.
Functional and unique were my goals for this shutter. I wanted to ensure this piece had a display shelf and hooks for coats, a piece perfect for an entryway. I decided to rummage through our scrap wood pile and salvage a piece of unused pine. I stained the wood in a weathered gray stain and used shelving brackets to attach the shelf to the shutter. I added coat hooks and spaced about 4.5" apart.
Hanging Candle Shutter:
The last shutter I kept simple and decided to make into a patio decoration that one could hang a candle, plants, or a light. I used a screw hook and hung a citronella candle to protect from the dreadful mosquitos.