Take Those Shutters And Decorate Indoors!

Window shutters are taking the home decorating (and Pinterest) world by storm! Shabby shutters are no longer just for outdoors. These pieces are being used as picture frames, indoor gardens, bulletin boards and even as a replacement for wallpaper. To hop on this trend bandwagon and add some rustic, shabby chic flair to your home, check out one of these three fabulous DIYs!
shutter wallpaper
Photo credit: Olive and Love

Shutters are such a unique and stunning way to give your boring white walls or drab living room a stunning makeover. Not only are shutters great statement pieces, they are cheap ones too! You can find vintage, shabby shutters for next to nothing at yard sales and Goodwill, or you can find them for fairly cheap ($25-$50) on Etsy. Forget spending a fortune on artwork, try one of these gorgeous shutter DIYs instead!

DIY shutter wallpaper

If you're ready for a serious room overhaul, this shutter wallpaper is perfect for you! Made by the extremely talented Laura of Olive and Love, this wallpaper idea is unique, stunning and creates the perfect backdrop for any living space. To make the wall really stand out, she painted the shutters in different colors. Because this wall is so busy and a statement on its own, stick to colors in the pastel or neutral category to avoid an eyesore. The pale blues, light greens and grays in Laura's wall complements her dark wood furniture exquisitely. This DIY will require more digging to find shutters in all different sizes and can cost you up to $1,000 if you have to buy each one.

What you'll need: 

  • About 40 different-size shutters
  • Colored paint
  • Primer
  • Paintbrush
  • Power drill & drill bits
  • 5/8-inch OSB plywood
  • Table saw
  • Stud finder

For the complete DIY tutorial on how to paint and design your own shutter wall, check out Olive and Love!

mason jar garden

Shabby Mason jar shutter garden

If the thought of completely covering your wall in shutters is a bit too much for you, give this DIY shutter garden a try! It transforms a shabby antique shutter into a fabulous indoor garden using Mason jars and a hot glue gun! If you're not much of a gardener and don't want plants in the jars, add some luminarias or potpourri to get the same look and feel. This shutter is an incredible addition to any living room, dining room, sunroom, beach house or even bedroom.

What you'll need: 

  • Vintage/rustic window shutter
  • Ribbon or baker's twine
  • Festive wreath (you can buy one here)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pint-size Mason jars
  • Soil
  • Flowers, plants or herbs

For the complete step-by-step tutorial with photos, check out the project here on SheKnows!

shutter bullentin board
Photo credit: The Crafty Nest

Shutter bulletin board

Tired of cluttering up your table or drawers with mail, magazine clippings, important reminders and tickets? Better yet, want a pretty place to store all these so you don't lose them? Upcycle an outdoor window shutter into a bulletin board! Not only will this make organizing your important documents and what-not easier, it adds some country chic charm to your home office or kitchen. This particular project by Monica of The Craft Nest makes organizing even more chic by installing the shutters as doors so you can hide the bulletin board for a sleeker look. If you don't have the patience for all the handiwork this project requires, check out this similar DIY by Tortoise and the Hare.

What you'll need: 

  • 1 yard patterned fabric
  • 12 feet of 1 x 1-1/2-inch wood
  • 4 wood screws (about 1-1/2 inches)
  • 4 drywall screws (about 1-1/2 inches)
  • 2 double keyhole fasteners
  • 8 small washers
  • 4 hinges (1-1/2-inch narrow utility hinges will work)
  • cabinet door catches
  • Colored spray paint and primer
  • 2 small drawer pulls
  • Wood filler
  • Thumbtacks
  • Cork board
  • Staple gun & staples
  • Drill & drill bits
  • Corner clamp
  • Miter box & pull saw
  • Sand paper or electric sander
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Screwdriver

For the complete tutorial with step-by-step photos, check out The Crafty Nest.

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Tags: rustic decor

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Comments on "3 Uses for window shutters in home decor"

mico gomez October 16, 2012 | 12:45 AM

I am really amazed by the many uses of window shutters especially in decorating one's home. I absolutely love the DIY shutter wallpaper! It's perfect for the eyes. I love the idea of having this design in my own living room since it is something not complicated and most of all, it is not that expensive afterall. Thank you so much for the brilliant and creative thoughts about window shutters!

Beth August 30, 2012 | 3:33 PM

Wow, I never knew there could be so many uses for old window shutters! While the window shutter wallpaper project might be a little too ambitious and expensive for my tastes, I absolutely love the shabby Mason jar shutter garden! This is a clever way to add some rustic charm to your home, and best of all I like how easy and affordable the project is. The bulletin board project is also an ingenious way to recycle an old window shutter, as shutter slats are perfect for holding pieces of mail and other bits of tabletop clutter. Thank you for these window shutter DIY ideas!

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