Google+ House Revivals: 21 Fabulous Ideas for Re-Using Shutters!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

21 Fabulous Ideas for Re-Using Shutters!

On a recent consult, I recommended we visit local salvage yards to find some chippy and rustic old shutters to live over the client's mantel. The clients were somewhat surprised, but open to the idea, so I did a (not so) quick internet search that evening to find similar installations to show them.

Before I knew it, I had stayed up way too late, looking at Google images and Pinterest. Loooooooong after I'd found examples to show my clients, I was still collecting ideas for repurposed shutters! Does this happen to you? Here are a few of my favorites:

This vignette makes me swoon. The raised panel shutters are perfectly faded and worn.

We all love Jane Coslick's renovated beach houses, and this creative re-use of vintage shutters for pantry doors is classic Coslick styling!

Fitted out with sliding barn door hardware, these chunky old shutters are right at home in a traditional interior.

On a smaller scale, here is a small shutter upcycled as jewelry storage.

How about adding brackets and coat hooks and using old shutters to organize the mud room?

At Olive and Love, they used a collection of vintage shutters to add texture and interest to their wall!

At Life as a Thrifter, an upcycled shutter keeps the family organized.

At Organize and Decorate Everything, they created these sweet vignette using chippy white shutters and a pretty wreath.

This trio of shiny black shutters functions as the family's message center. So cute!

The Nester uses a set of old shutters as a backdrop to her art de jour.

At Christina's Adventures, pretty yellow shutters dress up a planter!

How about using a tall shutter to organize your craft supplies? I love this idea!

What a charming idea to use an old shutter as a table runner!

I love the idea of using a chippy old shutter to hang beach towels and swim suits!

How about dressing up some old shutters to create an elegant headboard, like this one?

If space is tight, but you want to create a cute little entry area, a set of old shutters just might be the solution.

Elevate a succulent garden to art with an installation like this one:

Or create a {love}ly piece of word art! (I LOVE this entire vignette.... sigh....)

How about building a "just the right size" kitchen island?

Beyond the Picket Fence via

Here is another shutter wall installation -- this time all in tones of white for a serene feeling space.

Flank a fireplace with tall rustic shutters, and layer with mirrors or art.

Have you used re-purposed shutters in your home? Do you love this trend toward adaptive re-use of architectural salvage?