How To Make Shutters

With enough scrap wood, one would rule
the world.  Or at least make some farmhouse
decor for your home I suppose.
If you have ever wondered how to make
a basic set of decorative shutters, it is far 
easier than you may have imagined.
I have a long hallway in our home
on the 2nd level that has a lot of light 
but it’s too narrow to do much with.
The kids are getting a bit older now and
better about (most days!) not getting
into as much as they used to.
So while I search for the perfect narrow 
console table for that spot (may just have to
make that too) inspiration struck for these
shutters and some other fun projects
I will be sharing this Spring.
Here is what I used:
Six 36″ long pieces of scrap wood
Four 12″ long pieces of scrap wood
Screws long enough to go through the wood
but not exceed the depth of each piece
when attached.
Screw eyes and picture hanging wire.
Power drill (any opportunity to use
my power tools is a happy day)
First I attached the 12″ pieces to two of the
longer pieces 3″ from each end, and 
overlapping about an inch on each side.
Next I turned each shutter over and attached
the last two long pieces to the back of each
shutter at an angle, as in the picture above.
The scrap wood was already white,
not sure why but I don’t ask a lot of 
questions when I am the recipient of
free or inexpensive wood.

I mixed a color wash out of a
50/50 mix of water and turquoise
acrylic craft paint.
 Yes, that is a semi-clean brush from 
another project, don’t judge.

I brushed the color wash on and allowed
it to dry well, just one coat.  It turned out
way brighter than I anticipated but
it’s growing on me now.  Next came out
the palm held power sander and I made
quite a bit of noise getting these to their 
current shabby state.  My neighbors are
very patient, and perhaps a bit curious 
about what I actually “do”.
That’s ok, we will keep them wondering…

Now I just need to find that console table.  Or
perhaps dig around in my garage and see if 
there is any lonely furniture that needs to be
made into something new again.

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ladies! It’s Monday and time to get down
with your bad self.

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  1. Wow-I'm impressed! These turned out great, and I love the color 🙂

  2. The color is fantastic! And shutters are just too fun. (by the way, that looks a lot like my semi-clean paint brushes. Lol)

  3. love it! nice job…now on to find the narrow table 🙂

  4. Cute little shutters.

  5. Great idea! I've been wanting shutters for the outside of my house and don't want plastic! I like your idea and might attempt these, or something similar. Love the color.

  6. Love those shutters! That color is just perfect for spring and summer! I would love to have you share at my link party!

  7. Love, love this idea! The color is so pretty! I have a new weekly link party which is live now and I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post! Hope to see you there! Hugs, Maria

  8. I just love these shutters and the color is perfect. Found you at I Gotta Create.
    Have a great week,

  9. Super cute 🙂

  10. We are getting ready to add shutters to our house! Thanks for the tutorial. This will be so helpful!  I'd  love to have you link this to Titus 2 Tuesday this week on Cornerstone Confessions.. I hope to see you there. 


  11. Great project! The color you used is so fun! I'd love for you to stop by my weekly link party and link this up.

  12. Too cute!! I would love for you to link up at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase!

    Just follow the link…


  13. I love how bright it is, Tanya! really really pretty!

  14. Thanks so much for sharing your post at our linky party this week!
    Love that blue! Such a charming project.

  15. Good tutorial! I have a linky party every weekend @ Old Red Barn. Hope to see you soon!


  16. These are great and such a pretty color! Thanks so much for sharing at Clean and Scentsible. I'll be featuring you today. Happy Sunday!
    Jenn 🙂

  17. Way to go T!!! They are GREAT!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! I’m looking forward to seeing what you link up tomorrow evening!

  18. Super cute! I am such a huge fan of shutters. Thanks so much for linking up at Crafty Tuesday this week. 🙂

  19. CONGRATS!!!
    You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer!! Come on over and grab your featured button.. you deserve it!!

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