As the wife of a carpenter, my house is full of random pieces of wood and other materials. My husband often brings home samples he has for clients, or holds onto leftovers from projects. Sometimes he’ll find a use for it all, but most of the time it just sits around until he finally gets rid of it. It would be great if we could find a way to reuse all the home renovation supplies to update our own home. But with two kids who aren’t old enough to clean up after themselves yet, it’s a long shot.
What about you? Do you have some remnants of your home laying around that you don’t know what to do with? If the item you’ve got is window shutters, I’ve got good news for you. There are several fantastic ways to upcycle them! Just take a look at these 7 projects. I’m sure you’ll find some inspiration to get you started.
1. Shutter Console Table
Got a small area behind your couch that could use some sprucing up? A console table is a great way to add character to a room and expand on the overall design. Using a window shutter to make a console table will give your room a country style look that is unique and chic.
Check out hgtv.com for the tutorial on putting together your own shutter console table.
source: Bless’er House
2. Rustic Shutter Organizer
One thing I could sure use in my house is something to better organize my bills and mail. Right now, they are sprawled across my kitchen table among the school projects from my son, and projects that I am working on. I love decorating with unique pieces, and a shutter organizer is definitely not something you see everyday.
Head over to Bless’er House to get the 4-1-1 on making a shutter organizer, and check out some other Southern-style projects too.
source: Liz Marie Blog
3. Rustic Shutter Bench
If you have room at your kitchen table, a tall shutter would make a great bench to go with it. I think this would look particularly fabulous in a farmhouse style home. Something with a rustic country theme that incorporates a touch of modern.
Take a look at the “how to” for this project by visiting the Liz Marie blog.
4. Shutter Jewelry Holder
Add a touch of charm to your room by hanging your jewelry on a shutter jewelry holder. All you really need is a coat of pretty paint and you can create a totally cute organizer to hang on your wall.
Check out Style Me Pretty’s interview with the owner of A Lovely Universe, where you’ll get more great ideas on design, decor and DIY projects.
source: Beyond The Picket Fence
5. Shutter Kitchen Island
If your kitchen isn’t big enough for an island, but you’d like something to have from time to time for food prep, I love the idea of a mobile kitchen island. Put together shutters with a strong wood block, attach some wheels to the bottom and add other parts like hooks if you prefer.
Take a look at how Beyond The Picket Fence created a moveable kitchen island, along with other island projects.
source: Aimee Weaver Blog / My Pink Life
6. Shutter Clothes Hanger
While this project is primarily for hanging dresses, you could get really creative with it. You could add knobs and use it as a towel rack in your bathroom. Or add hooks and put it in your entryway for a place to hang your keys.
Get more creative clothing organization ideas from Aimee Weaver at My Pink Life.
7. Shutters Garden Tool Storage
Talk about adding a chic storage area to your garage! This is so cute. Yes, it keeps your garden tools organized, but it adds style to the space too. You don’t have to worry about a bulky storage unit that takes up space, because this can be hung on the wall!
Head over to Hometalk to find out how to make your own.