Make a Shelf by Using Repurposed Wood Shutters

I love to find ways to turn unwanted items into something fresh, new, and functional. I’m always on the hunt at thrift stores and places like Habitat for Humanity to find “stuff” that I can make over. Wood window shutters are a great item to buy when you find them because they are usually inexpensive, light weight, and can be upcycled in many different ways. For this shutter shelf decor project I used mini wood shutters and a craft pallet board, but you can also do this with larger shutters and boards.

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Supplies Used to Make a Shutter Shelf:

  • Wood shutters (thrift store or flea market)
  • Wood pallet board
  • Corner Braces
  • D-Rings
  • Coastal Effects Paint in Turquoise
  • Drill or Screwdriver

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Step one: Decide where the board will go on the wood shutters to create the shelf. I recommend choosing a place close to the bottom of the shutters so you can easily secure the corner braces. Place the corner braces in the desired spot and use a permanent marker to mark where the holes are.

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Step two: Make pilot holes where you marked the holes in step one.

Step three: First screw the corner brace to the pallet board. Then screw the brace onto the shutter. The pilot holes make this process much easier to do!

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Step four: Paint the shutters and the shelf with paint. I used a Coastal Texture paint by Plaid Crafts to create an ultra matte sea inspired finish. Let the first layer dry before adding the second one.

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Step five: Screw the D rings to the back of the shutter. This will help you easily hang your new wall art!

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My new shutter shelf complements my DIY wall art nicely. It would look great next the these wood oars, too. Have fun crafting and creating with thrifted items to create your own home decor!