What To Do With Old Shutters
Are you looking for a project to do with old shutters? Then this easy DIY is for you! This project is so easy, that you can do it in a day. Let’s get to it!
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Today is Thrift Store Decor Wednesday and I am joining some of my repurposing friends in sharing fun upcycled and creative projects for you! Be sure to read through to the end of this post and see the amazing projects from the whole team!
old shutters galore
No kidding, we have and run across shutters all the time in this business. Auctions, barn sales, estate sales, and even a yard sale or two.
Hubby even has a friend who keeps his eye open for old shutters for us.
We’ve made several types of projects out of them but one of my faves is a wall sconce light. In fact, I made some for our home to bring more light into the living space. They’re on timers so they just automatically come on and turn off every day.
It’s the little things in life…..
Let’s get into the project.
list of supplies:
- an old shutter (or a pair of them!)
- wall sconce light kit with a plug and an on/off switch
- Edison bulb
- heavy gauge wire
- 3/4″ wood screws with a pan head
- wire cutters
- power drill and drill bit
- Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint (I used Shutter Gray) (This one is similar)
- Dixie Belle White Lightning Cleaner
- Dixie Belle Best Dang Wax
- Dixie Belle Best Dang Brush
- wall hook
Old shutters are usually filthy, so clean them well before painting. I scrubbed it outside with Dixie Belle White Lightning mixed in a bucket with hot water. A brush helped to loosen all the yuckiness and some of the flaking paint. Then I hosed it down to rinse it.
A day in the sun and this old shutter was dry and clean!
I chose Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in Shutter Gray – it just seemed appropriate! The shutter needed two heavy coats with a bit of touch-up here and there.
Using a flat-edge chef’s knife that I only use in my workshop, I chipped away some of the paint by scraping the flat edge of the blade along the wood. You’ll see in the YouTube video below that the paint chips away so easily.
Dixie Belle’s Best Dang Wax is a water-based, easy-to-use furniture wax. This wax has no smell, it’s easy to clean the wax brush and the wax is just plain easy to use!
I applied it with Dixie Belle’s wax brush (Best Dang Brush) to apply the wax in a very thin coat. After allowing the wax to dry for about 15 minutes and I used the same brush to buff the surface just a bit. I was able to use the same brush because I barely added any wax with it and the wax had dried on the brush.
So easy, right??
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The next step is to attach the sconce light fixture to the old shutter.
I decided to show you how to attach the wall sconce light through a video. It seemed easier to show you rather than tell you here on the post.
Be sure to hop over to the video – I’ll give you step-by-step instructions to add the light to your old shutter! Feel free to subscribe to our channel while you are there – I would love for you to join our reinventing journey! 😊
It’s time to add the hanger! This old shutter wall sconce light fixture is meant to hang on the wall but you could also lean it into a corner of a room. If you do that, take precautions so that no little ones could knock it down and hurt themselves.
Also, if you have a Roomba…..well, let’s just say you should hang it on the wall!!
I cut a section of the heavy wire approximately the width of the shutter plus 16-18″ The wire is meant to show as part of the design of this old shutter light fixture.
If you want the wire to be hidden, attach it to the back with eye hooks and a shorter piece of wire.
Pre-drill holes and then use 3/4″ wood screws (mine are black and have a head-on them like a washer) and screw them into the top of the shutter.
If your shutter is loose, put the screws in the outermost section of wood, not on the inside section of the shutter like I did. The outermost section on my shutter wasn’t in great shape so I put the screws in the interior section of the old shutter.
Don’t insert the screw all of the way, allow a bit to stick up. Then wrap the wire around the screw at least two times, then finish screwing the screw all the way in.
I used my needle nose pliers to twist the wire into a curly cue. You’ll see how I did that in the video. This adds a whimsical touch to the old shutter light fixture, don’t you think? Of course, you can skip that step if you don’t like it!
YouTube video for you!
There you have it! What do you think? I love it so much!
how to decorate with an old shutter
Let’s think of some ideas where this light could be used in your home!
- as a single light with a side chair that is near a wall (like in the image above)
- a pair of them on either side of the living room or dining room windows
- a pair of them on either side of the master room bed
- a single shutter in a child’s room
- near an entryway
That last idea, near an entryway, gave me another idea! Add a basket to the old shutter with some hooks as a drop-off for keys, gloves, or mail!
how to hang an old shutter light fixture
This shutter has some weight to it so be sure to use a strong hook made to hold the weight of your shutter. Attach it after finding a wall stud or use a molly. By all means, hang this shutter securely to the wall!!
I used a command hook rated for the weight of my shutter light after I sprayed painted it in a bronze color.
Edison bulbs for a vintage feel
Old shutters repurposed into a light fixture looks so vintage (it is vintage!!) so of course, the light bulb needs to look vintage as well. Amazon has tons of Edison bulbs available now and they are not nearly as expensive as they were when they first came out.
vintage bulbs for old shutter light
Here is a selection of bulbs as well as some other wall sconce light fixtures for you to choose from for your next light fixture from old shutters project!
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the projects continue!
This post is part of a blog hop I did with some of my repurposing blogging friends! Be sure to visit their posts to see the fun projects they have to share with us!
- Domestically Speaking – Thrift Store Metal Pumpkin
- My Repurposed Life – Bar Stool Makeover
- Petticoat Junktion – Rustic Home Decor Wall Sign
- Our Southern Home – How to Update Thrift Store Art
- My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia – DIY Mini Succulent Garden In A Sugar Mold
- Sadie Seasongoods – Boho Candle Holder (and Crazy Brass Cleaning Hack!)
- House Of Hawthornes – Quilted Mason Jar Makeover
- Organized Clutter – Goodwill Shadowbox Fall Decor Makeover
- Reinvented Delaware – What to do with Old Shutters (that’s me!)
- Shop At Blu – How to Make Pumpkins from Scrap Wood
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What a cute idea! Love the addition of the light!
Thanks Maryann! We all need more lighting, right?? 😊
I had a moment and accidentally sent you a message instead of leaving a comment! Please ignore that. I just wanted to say I love your project and it looks amazing!
I saw the email! Thanks so much – I appreciate all the kind words! Have a great day!
Such a creative idea! I love Dixie Belle paint, too! Nice job, Cindy!
Thanks Kim! I love upcycling an repurposing especially when it’s something so practical like a light! Isn’t Dixie Belle an amazing chalk mineral paint? Happy painting!
Love this. Funny I have an antique shutter that hass it’s chippy goodness but I feel it needs to be a bit brighter. I feel guilty painting it. Maybe I will lighten it with a wash.
Love the light addition and th inspiration you always share.
Thanks Cindy! I totally get it about being guilty about painting it – a wash is a great idea! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
This is such a cool idea, Cindy! I love the way this project turned out!
Isn’t it a fun project? So glad you enjoyed it!
Shutters are so charming … outside or in. Fun idea to add the sconce light. Adorable! xo
Aren’t sconce lights great? Thanks for stopping by!
I’ve always wanted a house with shutters. Maybe a shutter home decor DIY is the next best thing 🙂 Your project is a neat way to make them functional!
Great idea – if you don’t have shutters on the outside, bring them indoors! Thanks Marie!
Wow! I really love the light fixture idea! It is so fun to watch your tour stories and see all your amazing staging.
Thank you Melba!So glad you enjoyed the project and the staging!
Such a great idea and I just happen to have two sets of shutters that I don’t know what to do with. You are so creative!
Yay for spare shutters lying around!! Happy Reinventing!
This is one of the cutest things I’ve seen from an old shutter and just love it. Thank you for sharing it on Farmhouse Friday! We are featuring it tomorrow. Pinned.
Thanks for the feature, Cindy!
I remember this video. Such a clever use of an old Shutter.
Thank you, Rachel!Hope you have a great week!🥰
I would love to make one of these for our guest bedroom, and adding shutters to my flea market list! 😊Thanks Cindy!
This would be a great way to light up a spare bedroom! I would love to see yours if you get a chance to make it Michelle! Happy hunting! 😊
This is beautiful Cindy, It looks like this is something I could tackle. They would be darling in my sheshed, Looking forward to blog hopping with you next week.
Omgoodness Wendy! This would be amazing in a she shed!! Great idea! I’m going to have one of those she sheds someday! Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to our hop too! 😊
This is a great way to repurpose an old shutter, Cindy! Whenever I can find the old wood ones, I scoop them up, too. They can be used in so many ways! Great project!
Shutters are so useful! Thanks for stopping by Lora!
Love it! I never thought of putting a light on an old shutter and it looks great! I’m pinning this one! Thanks, Donna
So glad you are inspired, Donna! Thanks for pinning 🥰
Cindy, I love this project! You always have such creative and inspirational ideas. 🙂
Thanks for the sweet words Niky! I appreciate the encouragement! 😊
Could you not use an outdoor fixture and use this on a deck or screened porch!!!??? Oh. My creative juices are flowing like a waterfall!! I’m so happy I’ve joined this group!!
So glad you are inspired Susan! Using this on an outdoor porch is brilliant! I just might have to make another one!😊