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Easy Shutter Shelf DIY

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How To Make An Easy Shutter Shelf

I love old shutters but sometimes they come in less-than-perfect shape.  I bought four at Three Speckled Hens in Paso Robles.  None of the shutters functioned so they sat in the garage for a year before I finally decided it was time to put them to use.  I’ve been decorating my she-shed so I have a lot of space to fill.  Turning the shutter sideways while the paint dried gave me the idea to turn an old shutter into a shelf!

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Here’s what I used to make my easy shutter shelf:

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  1. old shutter
  2. chalk paint
  3. chip brush
  4. shelf brackets
  5. shelf boards (I used scraps from the yard)
  6. Dewalt drill (of course you can use any but I like Dewalt)
  7. Gorilla brand wood glue
  8. Shelf hanging hardware

If your shutters are broken, you can use the Gorilla wood glue to glue them in place so they don’t fall out when you hang the shelf.  If they aren’t broken, lucky you!

Painting the shutter

I painted the shutter using chalk paint.  I wanted some of the natural color of the shelf to show through, so I watered down the paint a bit. This part takes the most patience because painting every part of the shutter is a bit of work.  You don’t have to paint the back if you don’t want, but I recommend painting all of the edges around the outside because you’ll see that portion when it’s hanging on the wall.  I used a cheap chip brush to paint the shelf.  I like to reuse things, so I actually rinse my chip brushes and use them as many times as possible. If you like chalk paint, I recommend stocking up.  You’ll use them a lot in all different sizes!  Anyway, here’s a before and after of the shutters.  The screws that are sticking out of the top in the picture were there when I started.  I removed those for the shelf.

Cutting The Shelf

Now that you have the shutters painted, you’ll need to cut the piece of wood that you’re using for the shelf.  I cut mine to the exact width of the shutter.  Lowe’s or Home Depot can do it for you but I used old wood from my wood pile for this project.  When you pick your shelf, make sure it’s deep enough to cover your shutter and the brackets.  The wood in my pile wasn’t deep enough, so I pieced two together.  I love rustic, but that may not be your thing.  Here’s a picture of my two pieces from the side.

shutter shelf

Attaching the hardware:

Attach your shelf brackets to the thickest part of your shutter.  After both brackets were attached to the shutter (aligned with the top of the shutter), I attached the shelf pieces using the same method.  I pre-drilled the holes and then attached the shelves to the top part of the bracket.  The last things you have to do is attach the hardware to the back.  Again, pick the meatiest part of the wood so the screws will support the weight of the shelf.  And, yes, you have to pre-drill one more time.

I also added some rustic drawer pulls to the bottom of mine.   If you want to learn how to paint mason jars, you can read my 3 Simple Mason Jar DIY Projects to learn how I paint them and other ways I love to use mason jars.

Thanks again for joining me at Hootshack.  I hope you enjoyed this easy shutter shelf.  Be sure to link back to my post if you decide to share my content.  Sharing is caring!



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  • Reply Kristie Cirak

    This is amazing ! What a great DIY and such a simple concept . Im so sharing this with my sister !

    at 5:46 am
    • Reply Hootshack

      Thank you so much! Glad you stopped by my blog 🙂

      at 10:13 am
  • Reply Olga Zak

    It’s nice idea! This looks amazing. Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing.

    at 10:18 pm
  • Reply Joanna

    I am not much of a DIY person so I appreciate people who have talent in transforming objects that I would usually throw in the bin, and give them a new life. The shutter shelf looks lovely.

    at 12:34 pm
    • Reply Hootshack

      Thanks so much, Joanna and thank you for stopping by! I love to repurpose things. 🙂

      at 5:12 pm
  • Reply Lydia Samson

    These are super cute, I love this idea of converting them to a table!

    at 2:37 am
  • Reply Gen

    Wow. Been wanting to do something like these too. Yours is so good, i’ll take note of this post for later. Thanks!

    at 10:22 pm
  • Reply LavandaMichelle

    What a cool post! I love DIY’S and making old stuff “new.” This looks amazing. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    at 6:42 pm
  • Reply Anosa

    What a fantastic way to repurpose something! I do love when people can give things a new lease of life in a different way such as this.

    at 3:17 pm
    • Reply Hootshack

      Thanks so much for your comments! I’m glad you enjoyed my post. 🙂

      at 4:56 pm
  • Reply April Perez

    I love DIYs! Thanks for sharing this!

    at 3:01 am
  • Reply Kiwi

    This is actually really creative. The shutters give it a classic rustic look!

    at 12:51 am
  • Reply Cristina Coroiu

    So easy to make. It has a rustic feeling to it. I can see something like this in a cottage.

    at 11:47 pm
  • Reply ipsita paul

    You’re so good at this. I love old things. Your way seems amazing! Keep up the good work.

    at 11:39 pm
  • Reply LiveLoveAndAdventure

    These are such great ideas, I would have never thought of them. I’m not much of a DIY’er but love these kinds of projects.

    at 10:01 pm
    • Reply Hootshack

      Thank you! I appreciate your visit to the blog today. 🙂

      at 9:21 am
  • Reply Tara

    That is a great idea, reusing shutters, to make a beautiful shelf. This is a perfect DIY project.

    at 8:43 pm
  • Reply Nabanita

    Oh wow. This is great. I want to decorate my daughter’s room but I’m so bad at diy ?

    at 6:53 pm
    • Reply Hootshack

      Some projects are definitely easier than others but there’s such satisfaction in making something on your own. Thanks for visiting me!

      at 9:21 am
  • Reply Terri Beavers

    What a great idea, I never thought about that. Looks cute.

    at 6:20 pm
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