Need Novel Idea for Shutters

schoolbelleJanuary 1, 2006

I found a pair of shutters (each about 50" tall 18" wide with small slats) at an antique mall. I had visions of knocking off the loose paint and then maybe hingeing them to make a screen or perhaps hanging them on the wall just as shabby chic art. HOWEVER, when I cleaned off the loose paint there is next to no paint left and they're much more shabby than chic! Plus they look much larger in the house than I had envisioned!

I need some ideas of what to do with them so I'll feel less guilty for what's looking like a bad purchase. Hubby thinks they're someone's cast-off and is wanting to burn them or put them out at the curb.

Anyone else had visions of doing something cool with a piece of trash and then end up totally stumped?

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don't know if this helps, but I once saw a shelf made out of old shutters. This wasn't one of the new shelf things made to look like shutters , but an actual pair of very old and worn shutters. The shelves were just boards slipped between the slats of the two shutters, if you can envision what I mean. It was very unique and cute.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2006 at 5:13PM
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ack! burn them? heavens no! find something to do with them! I saw some christmas card holders made from old shutters---
or re-paint and distress them and use as a screen, or put them on an interior door with a backing to use as a bill or mail organizer. I would love to find some!

Here is a link that might be useful: card shutters

    Bookmark   January 2, 2006 at 9:24AM
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heres some more ideas...

Here is a link that might be useful: recycle shutters

    Bookmark   January 2, 2006 at 9:34AM
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heres a nice bulletin board. Ok I think Im done now. :0).

Here is a link that might be useful: bulletin board

    Bookmark   January 2, 2006 at 9:36AM
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Hello, don't give up you will think of something.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2006 at 10:00AM
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At the shutter recycle: I especially liked the idea for putting them inside at a picture window.

Vangy likes to do more than play in the dirt

    Bookmark   January 2, 2006 at 10:36PM
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You could attach one (sideways) to the bottom of a shelf the same size (60") and use it as a valance over a window?

    Bookmark   January 12, 2006 at 5:51PM
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Should have read 50", not 60.

Nothing wrong with using a couple cans of high gloss spray paint either! Nothing says "cottage" more than a nice glossy white paint.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2006 at 5:54PM
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How about a head board?

    Bookmark   January 21, 2006 at 11:53PM
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Here's what I did. I used a board cut to fit and painted to match in the middle to make it wide enough for our king size bed.


    Bookmark   January 24, 2006 at 3:07PM
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I have a weird about getting them painted really good with a oil base paint(waterproofing them) and making a water feature with them? Have the shutter angle so that the water trickles down the shutters? Maybe make a box to set them in in an angle?
Just today I saw a decorating show where they made a water feature in a coffee table. Hope I can describe it.......but it was a wood frame, with a tiled and sealed piece of wood angled inside. The water ran down from the upper part of the slant from a puntured copper tube and ran down the tiles and the water was collected in a trough at the bottom of the tiled slant....and then it was sent back up underneath to the copper tube. Maybe instead of the tiled, slanted wood, you could use these shutters if painted well to hold up under the water flow!
Just an idea.....Julie

    Bookmark   January 24, 2006 at 7:44PM
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How about use them outside as a trellis...

    Bookmark   January 27, 2006 at 2:39PM
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HOW EXCITING! You get to go on a new adventure that you hadn't planned for.

I offer you this idea:

Lighted Pedestal with a shelf on top

You could cut the shutters in half.

Paint with a good quality base coat and paint. Have fun with colors or paint it just one color.(For instance, Paint each of the four sides a different color or alternate colors between the sides.) And remember, if one idea doesn't make it pop. Then paint over that! Thomas Edison made over 1,000 light bulbs that didn't work. He said he'd just found 1,000 ways how NOT to make a light bulb.

Screwing the four pieces into a square base is probably the easiest way for this type of project. And it's probably a good idea to predrill your holes, as most shutters are made of soft woods and split easily. This will create a more finished look for you.

Make the top with another piece of wood or GLASS. OR find a neat finial or something quirky (gargoyles, garden elf, or such) to be your top piece. This can be an outdoor or indoor pedestal. WOW, this can even look good enough to greet guests at your door.

BE SURE attach the top piece securely. Perhaps you can have a piece of glass, acrylic, plexiglass cut to fit inside the "framework" of the top of the pedestal. Perhaps Gorilla Glue or some other strong adhesive.

AND this is the part that will make your husband think that YOU are "the best thing since sliced bread":

Put a small lamp or light base of some sort inside the shutter pedestal.

Or use the ubiquitous always available and inexpensive string of "Christmas Tree/Fairy Lights".

To do some type of lightiing wire "containment", you can use cup hooks (rubber coated, if available. Otherwise, any will do.) inside the pedestal to guide and support the wire(s). You would have access to the light by lifting the pedestal up. Then the lights stay in place because you've supported them.

VIOLA! LOOK, it's a lighted display pedestal! The light could ease through the slats. This would make it a fun night light or some possibilty like that.

Put a plant or art piece or colored paper on top the glass for some fun shadow effects!

Have fun.

Bliss and Blessings to you,


P.S. If you do use fairy lights, you could use all clear or various colors to invigorate or relax you. Or any color of light bulb for a more standard base.

HAVE FUN with it, whatever you do. I KNOW YOU WILL COME UP WITH SOMETHING so that you and your husband can have a good time with the curve ball you were tossed! And fun memories to go with it. "My wife made the coooooolest thing out of these funky shutters. Wow, who'd have thought those shutters would ever look this great?!?"

    Bookmark   January 29, 2006 at 1:14PM
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I have some shutters that I put easel type picture frames through the slats of the shutters to display family photos.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2006 at 9:39PM
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In the recent Martha Stewart she used them as a message centre at home using the slots to put papers, it looks really nice.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2006 at 9:50PM
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Don't throw them out! There are a lot of uses for them. Get a couple of older ladders and use the shutters as shelves to make a ladder/shelf plantstand.


    Bookmark   March 15, 2006 at 6:23PM
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dont through them out and dont liston to your husband... put them on the wall in family room or living room and use as pictures frames or different doyles or something would fit in it....

    Bookmark   August 17, 2006 at 9:39AM
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My son made a Bar for me out of old double shutters, he used two for the front and one for the sides with a couple of shelves in the back. He used our old fireplace Mantel from the lake house for a top .Turned out nice and shabby.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2006 at 7:12PM
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