If you have old, peeling, and battered shutter boards on the front of your home — we understand why you’d be in a hurry to get rid of them. But before you rip them off and toss them to the curb, you should probably read this list of diy projects.
Just because your shutters look terrible on the front of your home doesn’t mean you can’t transform them into something totally new, functional and special for your home. In fact, most of the time all they need is a fresh coat of paint and a little love — as well as a little bit of vision.
If you don’t have shutters to work with, rest assured you can find these at garage sales and home sales for cheap all the time. And believe us, you’re going to be hunting for them once you see all the cool things you can do with an old shutter board! Check out the list below to get started.
1. Hallway tree
Firstly — look at that color! We can’t get enough of that robin’s egg blue. Plus, this shabby-chic hall tree looks like it was just plucked from the pages of a glossy magazine. You can easily turn those unsightly shutters into this gorgeous statement piece with a little help from the DIY over at Life at the Cottage.
2. Mail organizer
It’s never been easier to keep track of your mail than with this awesome shutter. Simply use the slats to hold all your letters and bills, and while you’re at it, paint it a fun color.
You can also take your mail holder one step further by adding a cork board piece, chalk board section and even little hooks to hang your keys. Get creative and add what would work for you and your household.
Those old tattered shutters might look like a nightmare on the front of your home, but we assure you that with a fresh coat of paint and some TLC they’ll help you drift off to dreamland. This diy project is super simple and adds a lot of great texture to your space — a great upcycling project!
5. Succulent holder
This awesome idea came from a designer rather than a blogger, and the creative and stunning spin is so artfully executed we bet you can’t wait to try this in your own home. These giant shutters look wonderful, but you can also achieve the same look with smaller shutters.
6. Side table
If you want to really put those old tattered shutters to good use, don’t touch them! Well, don’t touch the paint at least. It might look horrible on the front of your house, but the weathered paint will look wonderful as a side table in your home or even out on your deck or front porch.
7. Kitchen island
Create a moveable kitchen island with the help of some old shutter boards. We love the textured lines this adds to the piece, and it’s a lot more interesting than just using old wood. Although, you will need a nice piece of butcher’s block to top this beauty off.