Monday, September 26, 2011

Destruction Before Reconstruction: Shutters

Is it just me, or are DIYers obsessed with shutters lately?!  I mean, I can’t blame them; shutters are so cute and I’ve seen them used in so many different projects.  However, as much as I have seen them used, I have had a terrible time finding them at a decent price in Houston.

Well do I have a story for you today!  In April, I saw some shutter dividers at HL for $300.  I thought they were pretty, but I wasn’t going to shovel out that kind of money, and besides I really didn’t have a use for them.  Months later though, I was still thinking about them.  Every time I went to the store I went and admired them.  Yep, still there & I still love ‘em.  One time when I was looking at them in June, I noticed that one of them was scratch.  Some of the paint was chipping and the wood had been damaged.


I tracked the store manager down and ask him if I could have the divider at a reduced price.  He quickly said sure, and asked me for how much. 

Thinking that my offer was ludicrous, I squinted & whispered up at him, “$50?”. 


Man do I wish I had said $25! lol  But still, $50 is waaaaay less than $300.  And since I planned on demolishing the dividers on my own anyways, I didn’t care that it came with a few dents.

So I purchased it and brought my new divider home.  Boy, was this thing heavy!  I wish I had been one of my neighbors watching me try to maneuver up the stairs with this thing.  I bet I looked hilarious.DSC05667-2
  I used a screw driver to separate the panels into the three partitions.  Using gray primer, I spray painted both sides twice.  I used a gray primer because I am lazy & cheap didn’t want to be painting my life away.  I wanted the shutter to be gray so I just used gray primer and then I wouldn’t need any extra coats of paint.  Easy enough, right?!DSC05679-2
Once it was dry, I went back with my trusty sandpaper and distressed the panel.  There was no method to my madness here.  I just wanted the shutter to look old.DSC05709-2DSC05691-2
Then I painted some clothes pins white and had pictures of Phil and I printed in sepia tones.  I attached the pictures to the shutter with the clothespins.  I figured with the shutters being distressed and the sepia photographs, I could get the romantic antiqued look I was after.DSC05684-2DSC05708-2
The former room divider is now a shutter holding pictures of me and the Mr behind our reading chair.  DSC05713-4
What do you think?
xoxo Darby


sherri lynn said...

I think shutters always add so much to a room! I really want one to hang in the kitchen and stick cards and pictures and recipes in. Yours looks so great! I love that you printed the pictures in sepia tone to go with the distressed look of the shutter! And way to go getting it for just $50!

The Single Nester said...

I love the color. Last week, I saw an old door by the side of the road and didn't pick it up. I wish I had! You snooze, you lose!

Lindsay said...

Awesome color! You have done an amazing job! Love this!

Kelly M. said...

Love the photos attached. So cute :-).

Irish Italian Blessings said...

I FREAKING LOVE IT! Love love love it. OMG, this is one of my favorite projects, for sure. Pinning this bad boy right now :) Love the sepia tone pics attached with the clips too, great idea and super score on the price!

Marcie @ DWYH said...

Amazing! This could really add a lot to a room. I would love for you to link this up at my Homemaking Party

Heaven's Walk said...

So creative and cute! You really did get a great deal on those shutters! :)

xoxo laurie

Mrs. Pancakes said...

i would've never thought of doing this. i keep on thinking you need to put these on Pinterest!

Emily said...

I am visiting from a diamond in the stuff. I love the idea and the results! Thanks for sharing!


Tammy @ Type A said...

i have one like this, i love shutters and pics. great job!

Chef in Training said...

I LOVE this! Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I am featuring you at tomorrow's show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again tomorrow with more great projects!

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