Before & After :: Shutters

Remember these shutters? I made a little something out of them a while back and I think it might be one of my most favorite ‘re-do’ project thus far.

These shutters were on every window in our home when we bought it about 3 years ago. We replaced them with 3 inch plantation shutters which we absolutely love. Definitely worth the investment.

My husband wanted to trash the old shutters.

I screamed NEVER!

He huffed and puffed and said ‘what are you going to do with these??’

My response to him…I don’t know but you are not throwing them away.

And he didn’t but he wasn’t happy about it because HIS garage does look like a dump. A total wreck because I do have a habit of buying things…and leaving them in HIS garage.

I don’t rush into projects. I buy things…or save things…and think.

And think.

And think until I get a fabulous idea…then get to work.

Then the finished piece gets moved out of HIS garage and he is happy. And I am happy.

And we do the happy dance.

So the stack of shutters did sit in HIS garage for a quite sometime I will admit. He tried moving them to the attic but you know that saying ‘outta sight, outta mind’…I was afraid I would forget about them so I begged and maybe cried a bit to keep in HIS garage.

And he did. And I was happy again.

Then one day walking to my children’s room, I decided I would paint the shutters and put on them on the wall leading to their rooms…hang pictures on them…and be happy.

I went through sample cans of paint in HIS garage…decided on Mermaids Net…a perfect mix of green and blue and grey (or is it gray?)…

Painted then distressed with a knife by scraping the corners and edges.

The shutters went from this:

And this:

To this:

I found these handles at Hobby Lobby (the greatest place on earth!)

And I love them. And yes the top frame is still empty…I will put a picture in there one day.

I still have a stack of shutters that I cannot get rid of.

Antique markets sell them for lots of $$$. Round Top Texas always has rows of shutters for sale.

But I have a garage full of them. Holla!

Sweet P might have a set of pink shutters for her walls in the very near future…I will keep you updated on that project.

Are you like me…do you hang on to things!? So glad we can relate!

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