Monday, October 19, 2009

Shutters Turned Wall Art & Your Submissions

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This wall in my dining room has had me perplexed since we moved in last year. My mom and I (mostly her) came up with the idea of a grouping of similar photos. It looked good, but after awhile I was itching to try something new.

After running into this amazing idea while blog hopping, I knew I had found my idea! Now, I just needed to find some shutters. I found one ad on my local Craigslist but the ad was two weeks old, so I was sure they were gone. I emailed the seller just in case and score – somebody was supposed to come pick them up but never showed. I was there, with cash in hand, the next morning!

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The shutters were pretty beat up – I probably should have bartered with the seller instead of showing up the exact amount she was asking!

I used some wood filler to fill a couple of the bigger gaps.

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I was going to use the same red paint that I had seen on the original blog. But I had the leftover Halcyon Green paint from my hutch project. (Click here for that project.)

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I think it’s probably a good thing I’m drawn to distressed furniture – I am not a perfectionist painter. After the shutters dried, if there were any obvious drips, that’s where I added a little “distressing” and sanded them down.

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I didn’t take any before pictures, but I think it’s an improvement! (The after pictures aren’t great – it has been cloudy here all day every day for the past couple of weeks, so I had no natural light with these photos!)

IMG_8220P.S. Those of you lucky ladies who have won these chalkboard labels – I haven’t forgotten about you! They will be in the mail this week!

P.P.S. (or is P.S.S.?) I'm also linked up to Kimba's DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land. Warning: Don't go lookin' over there unless you have LOTS of time to kill! So many great DIY projects....so little time.

26 comments:

  1. Lookin' good! I'm headed to my ReStore for some shutters this week...I'm planning to make a screen for my hideous fireplace. Love the wreath too :O)
    peace.

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  2. I have enjoyed all the blog posts about shutters...I would like to try that project!You did a great job!! Stop by my blog sometime!

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  3. SOOO LOVE THIS! I am all over craigslist. Just went Saturday and picked up a free mailbox I rehab'd. I Always check "free" for curb alerts and have found some amazing "junk" GOOD find!

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  4. This is too cute!! LOVE the wreath on it... Way to go! I love me some old shutters:)!!
    ~Whitney

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  5. I passed up a big ol stack of shutters at G.W the other day, I went back knowing I missed out and they were gone :( This just reminds me why I should ALWAYS buy the 2.00 shutters!!!!! :(

    Lovely though! Makes me green with envy actually! ;)

    Rachelle

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  6. Wow, what a great idea! I love the way you placed the wreath too.
    Blessings,
    Sandra

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  7. So cute - I love it! Great job :)

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  8. I honestly would never have thought to use shutters as wall decor. Very creative! They turned out great!

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  10. Wow, thanks for the spotlight! Yours look awesome! I love that color. I remember that post by the Nester using that color. I've been waiting to use it on something too. I'll be on the look out!

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  11. I am going down in my basement right now to get the shutters left behind from the old owners. I am inspired!!

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  12. this is fantastic! I have some shutters set aside & you've spurned me on to do something with them!!

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  13. Love them. I'm always watching Craigslist for shutters and never have any luck!

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  14. Good luck!! Awesome! It looks beautiful.

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  15. It looks great, I love the color of the shutters.

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  16. Love your blog! what a great idea, looks great!

    Nikki

    http://reddirtroads.blogspot.com/

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  17. I. need. some. shutters. I've been looking around here, but everything in Fairhope, AL is expensive....I also need to thank you (cuss you out) for that pumpkin crunch recipe you posted. We are addicted to it at this cottage... Dear hubby has FORCED me to make it twice!

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  18. You are simply amazing! I found your link through A Soft Place to Land last week and have been addicted to your site ever since. Hard to believe that so many different and absolutely wonderful blogs link up in one place every week.

    I have so much to learn. :)

    -Francesca

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  22. I like your post. So cool! I appreciated the way you did on those shutters. It's amazing how you restored the look. I will surely follow your tips as well in my home. Keep on posting those beautiful ideas of yours.

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