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Saturday, June 19, 2010

{drab to fab shutters}

If you haven't ever been to a Habitat Re-store, look for one in your area and go check it out...soon! It is a treasure trove--full of items just ready to be refinished, recycled, and refurbished. I could spend hours there (and I do!), just browsing and imagining all the fantastic projects that are possible.

A few weeks ago, I found the most fabulous shutters there for $8, and then it was just a matter of deciding where I wanted them to go. Since I was in the process of decorating the laundry room, and there was a big empty wall that needed to be filled, I thought it would be the perfect spot.

Drab to Fab Shutters

I do have a new computer (YAY!), but I haven't been able to retrieve any of my pictures yet, which means I unfortunately don't have any of the before or process pictures to share with you. The shutters actually started out as a cream color, which ended up saving me a ton of time. I wanted them to be black, but with some cream showing through, along with the wood. So, since they were already cream, I was able to skip that step!

Here's what I did:

1. Wiped down the shutters to remove dust, lint, and cobwebs.

2. I sprayed them black, using Rustoleum's flat black spray paint. It took one full coat, with some touch-ups.

3. Next came the power sander. I was pretty liberal on these shutters, taking quite a bit of the black paint off until I could see the cream showing through, and in some spots clear down to the original wood.

4. Once I was finished sanding, I took a lint-free cloth and dusted them off well. Normally this is when I would use a stain to give it an even more aged look (Minwax Dark Walnut), but it actually didn't need it. For further aging, a hammer & chains work well to get some dents and chips in it.

5. Done! I used a wood glue to adhere the two sets of shutters together, to make it easier to hang on the wall. Then I was able to wedge a nail in between the shutters for the wreath. LOVE it!



Blogger shelia said...

What a great idea!
I love "abusing" wood...and your abused wood is lovely ;)

June 19, 2010 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

Very fun! I love this as wall decor. Great idea!

June 19, 2010 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger April @ The Painted Cupboard said...

LOVE it!!! I just learned of the Habitat Re-store...there's one on Orem!! I will be checking it out soon :) Great job!

June 19, 2010 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger Erin A said...

Gorgeous! I have some old shutters around that I'm trying to figure out what to do with. Thanks!!

June 19, 2010 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger Nana's Fun Stuff said...

Great job! I love what you did with them :)

June 19, 2010 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Kristy said...

Looks GOOD!

June 19, 2010 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Frost Me! said...

they look fantastic! We always donate to ReStore but I need to remember to stop in to just see what goodies they have!

Kim @
party inspiration

June 19, 2010 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger Sassy Sites! said...

I love this! I see shutters all the time at yard sales, but I don't know what I can do with them. You have inspired me to get busy!

June 19, 2010 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger mrs. c said...

WE have a Habatat re-store but I have not visited it! I need to check it out, thanks for reminding me about a source that I had forgotten about! YOur shutters look great!

June 19, 2010 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger Country Dreaming said...

Super project! Looks great.


June 20, 2010 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Val said...

I simply love this!!!

June 21, 2010 at 8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great! The pictures are awesome. Thanks a lot for posting. I would love to see the shutters though because I plan to change the shutters in the house. Nice post!! I will share this with my friends too.

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December 31, 2010 at 9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great design! It's cool to experiment on wood. This is the first time I am going to use a wood shutter. In fact, I am a little nervous because I have been using glass and plastic for my designs. But your blog is helpful Thanks.
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January 3, 2011 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Allan said...

Plantation shutters installation was a piece of cake. The one thing that could have made it perfect is a pre drill of screw holes in the light bars. But I'm splittin' hairs. I'm a pertty happy camper.

February 27, 2011 at 5:04 AM  
Blogger Waseem said...

You figure out it what you did with these old shutters.
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May 16, 2012 at 6:07 AM  

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