How To Reuse Old Shutters
Old wood shutters are a thing. They can be used in so many ways. I use them all the time in my porch decor and out by the back door. They are great staging pieces. I also like to use them as backdrops on my mantel because our brick fireplace is so busy I need a solid color backdrop.
I bought some green shutters a few months ago at the Nashville Flea Market and I haven’t used them yet. I’m thinking about hanging some kind of wreath from them and putting it all on the mantel.
The shutters definitely need to be cleaned up. I would also apply a coat of dark wax to change the color up a little bit. I’ve been scouring the internet for wood shutter repurpose ideas because I have some larger shutters at my booth and I may bring them home if I find a project that looks promising.
I’m sharing the ideas with you because I bet you have one or two old shutters just waiting for a purpose. Let me know what you think of the ideas. My favorite one is……the to-do list shutter……or maybe the shutter side table………or the shutter planter boxes…….it’s hard to choose. (click the pink text links to see the complete project)
20 Ways to Reuse Old Shutters
I love how Jane painted these shutters and used them in different displays changing colors with holidays or the seasons.source
I especially like the green Spring time color. The entire display says Spring and that bird is too cute.
This isn’t the first shutter shelves or bookcase I’ve seen but it’s one of the best. You can never go wrong with white paint.
I didn’t make this headboard but I took photos of it when we stayed at the little cottage on Tybee Island. The decorator made a headboard using vintage shutters. They were the perfect color for an island cottage.
I’ve seen these organizers before but Kim put a totally different twist on hers. I’m definitely going to steal this idea and make it my own. The JTS bought similar folding shutters at an auction a few weeks ago. Mine are stained wood but that can be easily fixed.
I like this idea a bunch. I never thought about cutting down those large bi-fold closet doors. I run across them all the time at Habitat Restore and my favorite junk shop. I love the way Susie used them as a backdrop for a large clock…..kind of like how I use shutters as a backdrop for my wreaths.
This is a sweet sign made from part of an old shutter. Sweet story to go with the sign too.
This project is mine and it’s one of my favorites. The shutters are really, really old. I hung them on our front storm door as a wreath backdrop.
This blue shutter valance is too cute for words. I could try this with a small shutter in our tiny bathroom.
This is an interesting take on a shutter flower planter. Usually those involve mason jars.source
This shutter planter incorporates a small wood crate………and mason jars.
Another idea using the shutter as a wreath backdrop……only a bit different….also includes a stenciled design idea.
The solid wood panel shutter table kind of reminds me of my vintage wardrobe chalkboard table. I really like the hairpin legs they chose for this project.
Have you ever wanted (or needed) to cut down a pair of shutters?? You can get all the details here including diagrams and tons of photos. After being cut to size the salvaged shutters frame the mirror perfectly.
One of my projects. Making welcome signs out of shutters works well if you use the right size shutter. You can’t use the really large ones…..or I haven’t.
Well, there is a lot going on here but sometimes more is better. Love the color scheme.
Yep, this is one of my favorites. I want to try making a similar side table. I just have to find the right shutters. source
The color, age, and chippiness of the shutters is just perfect.
The second shutter headboard in this series is totally different from the first one. This headboard is made from the typical louvered shutters where the one I shared from the Tybee Island cottage was made from solid panel shutters.
Hang a shutter by your door and hang various items from the shutter changing them with the seasons or your mood.
A totally deconstructed shutter can be turned into a unique wreath in no time flat. Add a bit of color and you have a designer looking wreath. It’s easy to take a louvered shutter apart especially the older ones where the joints have loosened up through the years.
Which ideas did you like the best? It’s hard to choose just one isn’t it??
I can’t wait to put together my Spring mantel. I’m going to use those green wood shutters in the first photo as the focal point. As always thanks for being here and have a great day, Kathy