06th Sep2012

Repurposed Shutters

by Dinah Wulf
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Shutters are probably the one item that you can find in every flea market, garage sale, salvage yard, or recycling stores like Habitat for Humanity Restore.  Not only are they abundant, but they are usually inexpensive. With a little paint and creativity, you can literally turn trash into treasure.  Here are some great ideas for repurposed shutters.

In my search to find DIY inspiration for repurposed shutters, I found that most were used for organization.  Shutters could be used for organizing everything from mail to potted plants or from family photos and post cards to kitchen utensils.


Here is a great idea using shutters for decorative display from 221 Vision.

Make a big impact in the dining room with these beautiful ideas.


This repurposed furniture idea is an outdoor table is from Goodhouskeeping.com.

I LOVE this free standing headboard from a display at Anthropologie.  Once again, GREEN is my color!

This crafty shutter shelf is from BHG.com

Shutters work well for bathroom organization as well.

Additional Photo Sources: Etsy.com, Goodhousekeeping.com, Pintrest.com, Dwellinggawker.com

More Ways to Repurpose! 

Thirty creative ways to recycle, reuse, and repurpose:

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Dinah Wulf
Dinah is a craft, home décor, & DIY Blogger for www.diyinspired.com, a creative blog promoting repurposing through reinvention. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Formerly an educator at CSUF and business owner, she now is a full time writer, Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, Real Simple Lifestyler, and a member of Martha’s Circle. She has blogged for multiple websites including Angie's List, Fix.com, Home Made Simple, and Sprout Online and has been published in a few magazines and ebooks. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Buzzfeed.
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10 Responses to “Repurposed Shutters”

  • SallyAnn

    Hi Dinah,

    I just love your site and wanted to comment on this article about the repurposed old shutters. I love all the pictures because they give so many different ideas, but the one that I love was the first one for the bathroom. Putting the wire basket on the front of the shutter is so shabby chic and very cute.
    Thanks for posting this article and sharing more ideas with us.

    • Hi SallyAnn! Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting! I love that one too. I’ve seen so many repurposed shutters and that one is very unexpected and clever. 🙂

    • Sarah

      I love anything to do with shabby chic and I am in love with these shutters! Thanks for sharing, I definitely have inspiration now to get decorating my new home!

  • mj

    I love the one outside with the mason jars. what a cute idea 🙂

  • jenny

    Love this

  • Cathy

    Hi, just found a post that leads to your post on shutters. Do you have the specific source for the white shutter with the jars with herbs? I’m interested in how they attached the jars and need the source to find out how.
    Many thanks,

    • Hi Cathy! I couldn’t find the proper source but I think you could use metal pipe clamps to wrap around the Mason jar and then zip tie it to the shutter in the back. I hope this helps!

  • Teresa Devereux

    Wow, Dinah….you are very creative!

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