Shutters can be recycled or upcycled in so many ways. I use old shutters just as they are in my porch decor. Painted chippy shutters 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. They look fantastic with a stenciled board attached to them such as a Welcome sign or hang a bucket of flowers on a shutter!
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. After cleaning I would 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 orange text links to see the complete project)
20 Ways to Recycle Shutters
Decorating With 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.
Make A Patriotic Shutter Sign
I put the red, white, and blue shutter together using stuff from my junk stash. I bought the yarn wreath at My Favorite Junk Shop.
Upcycle Old Shutters: Cottage Style Shutter Headboard
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.
Small Hello Shutter Sign for Bedroom
I stenciled the Hello Sunshine wall decor for Sofi's bedroom at our house.
Repurposed Welcome Shutter with Flowers
The pretty welcome shutter sign with the faux hydrangeas is one I made many years ago when I lived in Florida. No link to a post on this one. I have to say it's one of my favorites. I purchased the Welcome part of the sign and had the old shutter and the project developed from there.
DIY Farm Fresh Milk Sign
This is a sweet sign made from part of an old shutter. Sweet story to go with the sign too.
Vintage Shutter Wreath Craft
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.
Old Shutters to Upcycle from the Nashville Flea Market
I spotted these antique shutters at the flea market and just love the really skinny ones. How could we recycle those? I could always use them in my porch decor as backdrops for pretty flower displays.
Repurposed Shutters Into Flower Holder
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.
Old Shutter With Winter Sign and Wreath
Another idea using the shutter as a wreath backdrop……but this sign is definitely seasonal decor....for Wintertime.
Shutter Door To Kitchen Organizer
A really unique idea. I haven’t seen this one before. I like the way they painted the top part of the shutter doors a bright color and angled the lines.
DIY Coffee Table Using A Salvaged Shutter
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.
Farmhouse Decor With Resized Old Chippy Shutters
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.
Vintage Shutter Welcome Sign
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.
Spring Decor With An Old Shutter
Well, there is a lot going on here but sometimes more is better. Love the color scheme.
Shutter Side Table
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.
DIY Shutter Headboard
The second shutter headboard in this series is totally different from the first one. This headboard is made from the typical louvered shutters whereas the one I shared from the Tybee Island cottage was made from solid panel shutters.
Decorating With Old Shutters On The Porch
Hang a shutter by your door and hang various items from the shutter changing them with the seasons or your mood.
DIY Bird Nest Wreath Spring Inspiration
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.
Wooden Shutter Planter Boxes
Another of my favorites. These planter boxes are the cutest. I like how they left the latches and knobs on some of them. Adds more character.
Unique Ways To Reuse Old Shutters
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
Love all your shutter ideas. A lot of neat creative ideas.
Kathy, what do finish do you recommend to keep the wooden shutters long time in the AR weather?
My church has a Christmas live greens market every year. I had a whole bunch of old shutters laying around and some leftover wooden pickets from sections of picket fencing. I painted some of the shutters black & painted the pickets a perfect earthy brown and then attached a picket to each side of the shutter then rummaged through my bowl of old knobs and attached one to the top of the shutters to hang a ribbon attached to a live wreath for display on either a porch or inside. Boy those things flew out of the sale fast. Something about black as a backdrop really makes the live greens stand out! I could also see a yellow wreath for spring really popping against the black shutters too.
Sharon, sounds so cute! Do you have a pix to share?