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This shutter backdrop is on display at a local florists shop. I just love the color

Shutter Wall by Laura:

Laura is covering a whole wall in old shutters. You can see the entire project, inspiration, and process on her blog here.
I am loving this project, and I want to try a similar project in my booth space. Thanks Laura for sharing.

Shutter Window Box by Vickie

My friend Vickie posted this project on her blog and I just had to share it with you
I had picked up a couple of old shutters at a garage sale and painted them blue, and had my son make me a flower box to put on this window.

See more of her blog here

Shutter Bed by Kristi:

Kristi writes:
"I was searching the web looking for ideas for what to do with an extra shutter I have and came across your site. Here is a link to a blog article I wrote about how I used a shutter to make the top bunk safer for my daughter."

I love this idea, thanks for sharing Kristi

Shutter Coffee Table by Karin Bol

Karen Writes
I wanted to send you a few pics of our husband and I just started this in the past year and had our first craft show 2 weeks ago under the name Encore! Designs... "Home furnishings restyled and renewed for a second performance" (I was a drama major in college, thus the name) It was a lot of fun getting ready for it and actually making money at something we put together. We love old doors, shutters, posts, dressers, etc. and have had fun doing it together.

Here's a neat little project. I had a shutter with damaged slats. I removed the slats and replaced them with a piece of metal. Added the spindles to the sides to hide where I had nailed the metal. I fixed the slats at the angle I wanted and nailed a thin piece of old paneling to the back. The metal is magnetic for notes etc, and the slats are great for mail and photos.

I saw this idea at an area Antique Mall.

Take a long shutter, attach some brackets, drill holes in the brackets for the long spindle. This spindle is from a crib, you could also use a dowel. Makes a great quilt or towel rack. Or a place to display that tablecloth or hankie collection.

Lorene Sent in these 2 shutter projects, thanks Lorene

This shutter was made into a window valance. By adding the leftover molding to the top, a Plate/display area has been created.

No tools required

This is very easy to do. I took a set of old shutters, you could use a single shutter or a hinged set as I have here. White or painted shutters work great for this project. I slid some pictures or post cards through the closed slats, and clipped a small clothes pin on the other side to keep them from sliding out. This makes them easy to change as you want. This would be a great way to display Christmas Cards, photographs or just about anything that is flat. It could be hung on the wall or stood on a side table, or stand alone by itself. This is an all around fun and easy 10 minute project, once you have the shutter you are on your way.

Valorie M Shares this shutter idea for earring organization

The Raggedy Princess submits this shutter project.

Fellow Junker, Gayle, submits this great hamper project, from old shutters

Gayle Writes: "Here is a project my husband made me for a Christmas gift. I had gathered all the supplies and planned to make it for myself, but then was injured in an ATV accident, so I couldn't get it done. It's a clothes hamper for the bathroom. The back panel is made of smooth pegboard so between that and the shutter front there is plenty of ventilation. The lid is hinged for easy access. Gayle in UT"


I'd like to say a quick word about safety. Please use common sense when doing any of these projects. Use Caution with saws and power tools. Remember to wear gloves and eye protection. We want you to enjoy years of junking and crafting, so please play it safe.

This book has a great shutter shelf on the cover. Click here to jump to their site.

Here are a few I made

Shutters are used as the sides of this this bird house (left) that uses multiple pieces of reclaimed building materials.

This shelf was made from an old shutter, molding from an old bed frame and wood removed from a friends house during a remodel. I've embellished it with a few spindles on the ends and in the upper center. It took me about 20 minutes to make. This is a really easy project.

here's some more

Reader Contributions

These ideas come from Green Bean Workshop

Add a mirror or add a vase, great ideas greenbean.

Greenbean workshop from the HGTV board submits these great projects with this comment. "This is a metal container I found at a thrift store for under 2 bucks attached to a shutter. I painted them white (of course)...
and here's a shelf I bought at the goodwill for a dollar attached to a shutter ...maybe I should buy some other color paint......


ttrbb from HGTV T2T Message board made her own shutter valance and the shutter window box below.


Submitted by Rosey:

Shutters as a hangers, organizers, and Display. One of these hides the breaker box.


submitted by Sally

Sally changes her shelf display for the seasons


This is one of primpainter's projects, what a great shelf


Toots used her shutters as a planter. "The shelf is down inside the 'box' so that the pot doesn't show...."

A Few More Projects


These shutters were hung on either side of a window, to add interest, yet not block out light.

A pair of shutters propped up against the wall on the end of the bathtub add interest to a bare area.

Shutters can strategically hide an unsightly electrical outlet.

A pair of shutters with a wreath hung in front, makes an interesting alternative to framed art.