Repurposed Shutters

Monday, March 29, 2010

Over the weekend I decided to put to use some of the old shutters that we have taken down from the exterior of our house.  After years of being patched and painted, they were ready to retire.  Hubs even tried to throw them away once.  As luck would have it, I snatched them up and stored them in the garage until I could figure out what to do with them.  

 I decided that these shutters would be a nice addition in the kitchen.  I had plenty of my new favorite color left from painting the insides of the cabinets so I went to town scraping and gluing until they were paint ready.

I painted the shutters with BM Wythe Blue HC-143.  I didn't apply a thorough coat because I thought that having the black show through would break things up a bit and tie back to the black granite counter-tops.

Once the paint dried, I lightly sanded the shutters adding a little extra pressure on the edges.

I love the results!

This morning I slipped on my rain shoes to go into the garden to cut a sprig from my pearl bush for the photo.  Isn't is pretty?  I bought it from my favorite nursery several years ago.  The blooms look like little pearls before they open.


  1. I love the re-purposed shutter. Reminds me of the shutter mirror I found for my daughter's room. It is in the mosaic in the lower right hand corner - the mosaic is toward the end of the post.
    I really enjoy your blog!

  2. I love the hints of black peeking through. It looks beautifully aged. Your photos are great, and the bush is the perfect touch.

  3. I love the shutters. I am on the "hunt" this spring for a neat set to use myself.

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. I so love the look of old shutters in decorating and yours are amazing! I want a pearl bush! So pretty. The photos you took look like they should be in a magazine :)

  5. That looks wonderful! And to think it almost ended up as trash!

  6. Beautiful! Hope y'all weren't hit with the storms from last night.

    Mary Ellen

  7. Thanks everybody!

    Krista, you are too kind, thanks and I love my pearl bush :)

    Mary Ellen, We're OK, but storms an tornado warnings were all around us. My guys were more worried about missing the basketball game though because of the weather announcements, LOL.

  8. Oh Rene!
    The shutters are PERFECTION!
    You did a fab job with the painting and buffing...shabbying them up!
    Oh I just LOVE shutters!
    Had lots of old beat up shutters in our little cottage in Alabama. Left most of them behind due to wanting more of a clean, simple look in our new home!
    Oh how I love this look!
    Great job!

  9. A lovely addition! And the paint/color seems just right. I love the sprig of green in the mason jar, too. I also like using jars as vases. :)

  10. Lovely job. I like the distressing and of course and color is fantastic. A wonderful addition to your room.

  11. I love how you gave your old shutters new life, really pretty! And I have never heard of a pearl bush, it is really lovely!

    Kat :)

  12. absolutely delightful! I love it! I'm dropping by from Cottage Instincts. I hope to see you back at my place soon! until later...

  13. I love how you refinished the shutters. I would let the black show through too. Looks really good.

  14. Your photos are simply stunning! I too love old shutters and am always looking for new ways to use them. This idea is so simple, yet elegant that of course I never would have thought to do it Thanks for telling how you got the aged look with the paint. And I love your pearl bush also. never heard of that before!

  15. I love your shutter and the shabby look! Definitely a focal point now!

  16. The shutters turned out great! I really like your choice of color for them and the distressing.

    As you could see from my blog, hubby and I are big DIYers. We'd rather repurpose than buy new...well, for most things. ;)

    Thanks for visiting the cottage and joining as a friend. Please come again. You just never know what interesting project I'll feature next.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  17. Love the shutter and what you did to it.

  18. Oh I adore your shutters! What a wonderful makeover! Be blessed. Cindy

  19. Hopping over from Coastal Charm... Very pretty addition!

  20. That turned out wonderful. Thanks for the tutorial!!

  21. So pretty! I love your pearl flowers!

  22. I luv the results too! Great idea to keep them around...I'm kicking myself for getting rid of some a few years ago! I luv your cute I have put it on my sidebar:)

    Happy Easter!

  23. They look beautiful! It adds such a peaceful charm to that space. Thanks for sharing it at the POPP.


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