Friday, January 20, 2012

Upcycled: New Ways With Old Window Shutters

I've always loved the look of vintage wood shutters on a home, they have such a quaint, old world feel.  Now you can take that look and move it from outside, to inside your home by upcycling old shutters into new home decor. 

Check out these creative new looks gleaned from old salvaged shutters.

Love the colors! from Midwest Living

Shutter chair

A few examples of shutters upcycled as headboards...

diy headboard ideas shutters headboard

Aidan Gray

Side tables by Hammer and Hand via etsy

 2 shutters + brackets = awesome shelf (from bhg online)

Dresser with shutter front from Cactus Jacks, TX

shutter wall photo via beeskneesbungalow

Bulletin board with shutters. A DIY for a similar project can be found here

Upcycle shutters as a room divider, or in this case, an outdoor porch divider

Outdoor shutter display for the garden   via houzz

Here's another outdoor version:

wall display from CraftingChicks

Cabinet built with old shutters

Which look do you like best? 
How would you use upcycled shutters in your home?

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  1. Awesome styles! :)
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. I'm basically in love with everything in this post. Oh my gosh. This makes me want to go to an antique shop and dig around. I especialyl really like all the ideas for hanging things off of the shutters on the wall. Very clever! Thanks for the inspiration today :)

    And I love your blog! I am your newest follower!

    Erin from EBT :)

  3. These are great ideas! I love the shutter cabinet and side tables!

  4. Love that restaurant! Fun to go 'overboard' on shutters in this way!!

  5. I liked the garden one where the pots hung and also the wall art.

    1. The garden ones are great! I love how they hung the pots on them.

  6. I love the shutters! I have never seen them used on sliding doors but they are fabulous.

  7. My husband and I just upcycled old shutters and added them to a mail desk. The picture is at the end of this blog post.

    I have plenty more shutters to work with so this gave me more ideas! thanks

  8. You gather so many fabulous images and ideas.... inspirational

  9. Recycled window shutters! Who would of thought? I like the one where four large shutters make a breezy and beautiful armoire.

  10. Laura, Thank you for pulling together so many wonderful ideas on ONE post. I search Pinterest for HOURS to find these ideas. You have a great eye and I truly appreciate your blog. (And this is coming from a gal that is too busy to follow blogs-but YOURS is too good to miss.;) THANKS! Mary/The White Barn in Oklahoma/furniture upcycling/home decor

  11. I was looking for ideas for antique shutters and I found your blog. "Up cycling,"--what an inspiration for decorating! Mfairlady

  12. Oh my goodness...totally creative work,house accessories made up from shutters!!..superb images...I am dying.

  13. Hi, I have just discovered your blog- just love it!
    Signed up as a new follower and saw this post on shutters - I love shutters and while scrolling through came across my house and one of my shutter displays- how exciting!
    If you go to this link you will see the shutters around my home and also how the shutters look now the outside of my house is painted grey instead of the blue pictured.

  14. Great post!

    Can you please give a source for the herringbone DIY dresser? I'd like to see if I can make it.


  15. Hi!
    Found your blog via Pinterest...visitor from Sydney, Australia.
    Love these ideas:)
    I did a fold-down shelf for my laundry with a recycled shutter, thought you'd like to see is

    I am so pleased with how it turned out:)


  16. It is always cool to have old parts of a home turned into a room's accent. It creates a unique character and brings out the personal style of the home owner. Awesome post, Laura!

  17. Wow, love these pics! the dresser with shutter and shutter side table are amazing!!!

  18. Shutters are such wonderful raw materials for a recycling project. One time, I found some old shutters in my grandma’s attic and I turned them into doors for her kitchen and entrance to her garden. The homey effect is just wonderful! And yeah, those ceiling shutters are pure genius!


  19. I would have never EVER think of such great ideas. Thanks for this!

  20. Thank you for all the great ideas! Shared in Pinterest <3

  21. All the wall decoration ideas are awesome. Especially vintage wood shutters are good. I love vintage decorations. Fabulous post, Laura!!!


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