I love finding new ways to use things that would normally be discarded. An outdated piece of furniture can be turned in to a unique decor piece with a little bit of love and creativity. Among my favorite materials to use for upcycling projects is, of course, shutters! Refinishing old shutters is a great way to not only add some flare to an empty wall, it’s also a clever means to create more storage and showcase space. Outdoor shutters are particularly good for upcycling projects, and can be found at garage sales or estate sales if you don’t happen to have some handy.
Last year, we showed you an example of how to use repurposed outdoor shutters as wall art from the Portland Street of Dreams builder show. But what if you want to do more than make wall art? We found three creative ways you can make your upcycled shutters art pieces that are also functional!
Use repurposed shutters to organize your mail
Photo: Martha Stewart
Photo: Samantha Elizabeth
With a little elbow grease (or a sander), some paint and a sturdy way to anchor said shutters to the wall, you can create a lovely and useful backdrop behind your desk, in your entryway, or elsewhere in your home. Think of your shutter shelving as a half-modern, half-vintage spin on the cork board organizer. If you’re looking for a really easy tutorial to get you started on your shutter mail organizer, check out this one from Samantha Elizabeth.
Shutter Coat Rack
Photo: KidSpace Stuff
Photo: Repurposed Creations
With upcycled shutters, your coat rack will definitely be something more than a place to hang your hat! Whether you’re looking for the sweet vintage look, something eclectic and funky, or even something more classy and modern, this upcycling idea is a really fun and easy way to add your personality to a simple household item.
Create a bookshelf out of shutters
This may be one of my favorite ideas for upcycling shutters! The process is a little more involved than creating a space to organize your mail or hang your hat, but it’s well worth the effort. Check out the tutorial from My Repurposed Life to get you started.
Whatever you choose to make, it’s always important to make it yours. If you think removing some of the louvers in the shutters for a photo frame makes sense in your space, go for it! Personalize with small bits of hardware, colors that speak to you, make it as worn or as polished as you like. The possibilities are endless when it comes to repurposed home décor!