Repurposing Old Shutters

3 Feb

Sorry for being a day late posting this week. I’ve been so out of it sick all week that I don’t know what day it really is. But enough of that…here is a project I’ve been dying to reveal for a while. I completed these before Christmas but couldn’t talk about them and ruin the surprise for my nieces. I have four nieces through marriage, ranging in age from 13 to 22 (I think…I’m bad with ages). The youngest was just a baby when I started dating the Rock Star, so yeah these girls mean a lot to me.

I love making them one-of-a-kind, personal gifts whenever I can and I had seen a lot of shutter transformations online. Seemed easy enough. Here goes nothing!

I bought four shutters at Habitat Restore for $2 each. Here are two of the shutters before. Can’t find the other two before shot, but image them taller and painted yellow…

I removed the hinges and pulls and puddied the holes. On the painted pair I sanded down the paint and knocked out a few broken slats.

Then I primed the short pair and used liquid sander on the painted pair before priming.

With a blank canvass, I decided what I wanted to do with each shutter. For the shorter ones I decided magnetic primer would be fun around the edges. Some tips about magnetic primer…the gritty magnetic stuff settles quickly. I had to go back to Home Depot twice to get it shaken and almost broke my arm stirring it the first time. And it takes a lot of coats.

Meanwhile I cut some basic plywood and sprayed them with chalkboard paint for the larger boards.

Then came the fun part…colors! I selected a color for each niece that suited them perfectly. Of course you want to move the slats around and paint from every angle.

For some reason I don’t have a picture of the pink one being painted. After painting, I attached picture hangers to the top (two of them needed wood extenders beneath them so they could hang evenly because of the slat bar that moves the slats up and down) and used wood glue to secure the slats in place.

I nailed the chalkboard pieces to the two taller boards with a brad nailer…ok so my father-in-law did mostly, but he let me use it twice. I’m still learning power tools. Then it was just a matter of presentation. I added magnets and clips to hold pictures or messages.

My two youngest nieces sent me pics of the boards all decked-out in their rooms. 🙂

So…an inexpensive, fun gift for anyone in your life with endless possibilities! I’d say it’s a winner. Have you tackled any handmade gifts recently? Let me know about it below.

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13 Responses to “Repurposing Old Shutters”

  1. Ashley February 3, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    These are great! I love the orange and blue especially.

    • Erin February 3, 2012 at 10:57 am #

      Thanks Ashley!

  2. Pam Lyon February 3, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    Those are great, Erin! Good ideas

  3. Aunt 'Chele February 3, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    Such a great project, Erin! I didn’t know about magnetic primer paint. I like your idea of using it around the frame of the shutters. Very cute, and practical!!!

    • Erin February 3, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

      Regarding magnetic primer…it’s kind of a beast. It’s about $25 for a small can and like I said, keeping it mixed is tough. BUT it is an amazing material. You could make a whole magnetic framed section of chalkboard in a kid’s room or kitchen. Just cool!

  4. Amy@BuffaloRoam February 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    How lucky are your nieces?! These are fabulous! Hope you’re feeling better today. 🙂

  5. Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication February 3, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    Super cute! I love them!

  6. Whitney @ Drab to Fab Design February 6, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    This is such a cute idea! And so inexpensive! I’m sure the girls loved that you made each one specifically for them! 🙂

    • Erin February 6, 2012 at 10:12 am #

      Thanks Whitney…they did love it!

  7. thistlewood farm February 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    I love those shutters! That is such a fun project!

    Thanks for the inspiration.


    • Erin February 6, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

      Thanks Karianne!

  8. TheChangingHouse February 10, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    How great!! Those are so practical!

    • Erin February 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

      Very practical! Thanks!

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