Thanks to several television shows and websites, it seems like repurposing old items and reclaiming old wood has seen an incredible rise in popularity in recent years. Shutters on a home are no exception, as they're one of the most popular elements for repurposing projects. Here's a look at several uses for old shutters, along with a brief explanation of how to do each project.
Hanging Shelves By attaching three small shelves to an old shutter, three small hanging shelves can be turned into one large hanging unit. If you're going for a "shabby chic" look, you may even want to lightly paint your shutter, allowing a little of the original wood to show through. Stain or paint the shelves to match the shutter, and then use brackets to attach each shelf to the shutter. Screw triangle shaped hangers to the back, and you've got a beautiful shutter shelf.
A Lighted Side Table For a nice addition to any bedroom or living room, you can turn four old shutters into a beautiful lighted side table. Screw the shutters into a rectangle shape (the four sides of the table), making sure the slats are facing downward so you can't see the inside of the table. For the table top, you can use a solid piece or wood, or use several pieces to continue the slatted effect. Screw the top into each side, making sure you leave a little bit of overhang. Once everything is screwed together, decide what sort of look you want, and paint accordingly. Once painted, simply set the table over an old lamp. You can run the power cord out one of the back corners.
A Kitchen Island
With a pair of shutters and an old drawer, along with some spare wood, you can create a beautiful island perfect for any kitchen. Take two shutters facing each other, and screw boards on the lower portion of each side. At this point, you'll have two tall sides, two half sides, and an open top and middle. Screw a board to the bottom of the shutters, making it fit square with what you've created. If you want your island to be mobile, you can attach four rolling casters. For the top, screw in another board, but leave an overhang.
Old home shutters don't have to be discarded or thrown onto a firewood pile. With just a little love, almost anyone can give them a new life. It doesn't take an expert craftsman to create a beautifully unique addition to your home.