If you’re like me you like to get more for your money, especially when you can use the excess to buy new shoes… In pursuit of this concept I’ve found flea markets and auctions to be ideal places to buy interesting items for your home.
My most recent find was shutters- about 40 of them to be exact. Shutters are classic, durable, and can be used for so many things. Here are a few:
- Screens: Hinge 3 or 4 shutters together to make a screen. You can use these large screens to hold photographs (within the slats), decorate a corner, hide an office or laundry area, as a fireplace screen, or as a room divider. Smaller shutters can be hinged and used for tabletop decoration including holding photographs.
- Headboard: Frame a few shutters with 1×4’s (or the size of your choice) and either attach it directly to the wall or to your bed frame. Paint it to match your decor or seal the existing paint to use it as is.
- Shelves: Attach 2 brackets or another shutter underneath for support. You can get shutters in various sizes so you can make the shelf with the size that fits your need. Decorate it Americana and add some grapevine wreath.
- Tabletop: Attach purchased table legs, legs from a spare coffee or side table, legs you’ve made, or a tree stump to the shutter to make a coffee table for your patio or your shabby chic decor. Looks great with wicker furniture.
- Window Valance: Shutters make nice window valances but will require some cutting. Screw directly to the window frame and hang a sweet country valance to enhance the effect.
- Birdhouses: Smaller, narrow shutters can be attached together to make tall birdhouses that can be used decoratively or if reinforced, as actual outdoor bird shelters. Nice in a tree outside your kitchen window.
- Hat Rack: Add a few hooks to the edge of a shutter and make it a hat rack that you can also use for keys, or coats (add sturdy hooks). If you use 2 shutters and make the shelf, you can add a basket to the top to hold gloves, winter hats, and scarves. Nice in a mudroom.
I’ve also used shutters to replace doors on storage towers, added them to the side of mirrors for decorative effect, added them to interior windows, and used them as mail organizers.
Most shutters will come with weathered paint, if you like the way they look just seal them. If you want to paint them, try spray paint first, getting between the slats is tricky. You may need a brush to finish the look or give them a textured look; you could also decoupage if you have the patience and skill.
My future shutter project is hinging them together attaching them to the sides of my large front porch for a little privacy. It’ll have to wait until warm weather arrives but the 40 shutters put me in good position to get it completed.