Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Shutter Repurposed Into Shelves

This project is a shutter which is turned into a backing for three small shelves and it appeared a week ago as a Guest Post at My Repurposed Life.  Gail, who writes that blog, is the Queen of Repurposing, so it was a pleasure to be able to show my project on her blog.  Thanks again Gail!





I began with a shutter that I bought at a local re-use store.  I'm using a 12" x 30" fixed shutter.  By fixed I mean there is no mechanism to open and close the slats.

This is how it looked before and then after I put a quick sloppy coat of white paint over the whole thing.  I purposely allowed some of the stained wood to show through in parts (I filled the old hinge and handle holes with spackle first):

I decided on three shelves which I made out of 3/4" thick pine, because that was what I had in stock.  I cut them to 11 1/2" long and 4"wide.  Of course you could do anything you wish to fit your own shutter size.

Each shelf will be held up with 1/4" thick pine brackets, so I dadoed (cut a groove in) each shelf underneath where the bracket would go.  I use a router with a 1/4" wide straight bit, which will make the dado the exact thickness of my brackets.

I put the grooves in the shelf so that they would match up with the middle of each side of the shutter.


I planned the size of the brackets by making a template shape out of paper to see how the bracket would fit.


The bracket would look something like this with a jog in the length of the back making it shorter than the full length of the bracket.  This allows you to cut a slot in the shutter for the bracket to fit in with the bottom edge of the bracket covering it.  You don't have to be perfectly accurate in your shutter slot this way. The bracket goes into the shelf as well as the shutter, so when measuring, take this into account.

This length between the arrows is the length of each slot




Using this template, I cut six brackets from 1/4" thick pine.  Then I marked where my slots would go in the shutter to hold the brackets and cut them with my router, again using the 1/4" bit.  (This photo shows the shutter upside down)


The back of each bracket then fits in the slot on the shutter and the top of each bracket fits in the groove in the bottom of the shelf.  They are glued in place and there is no need for nails or screws since they are fitted into each other.




After the glue dried I put a stain on the shelves to make them match the old colour of the shutter and then put some vaseline here and there.  This doesn't allow the top coat of white paint to stick where the vaseline is.  I put a coat of white paint over top, as I did with the shutter.


On the back I screwed in two triangle shaped hangers and on the front at the bottom I put two hooks.



Updated to add:  See the turquoise shutter shelves I made here



I hope this gives some readers ideas to make their own shutter shelf.  I welcome any questions about the making of this or any woodworking project. Everything I make is for sale, this shelf is $80. SOLD



Sharing at the following blog parties:
Knick of Time                         Brambleberry Cottage
Cowgirl Up                             Beyond the Picket Fence
Primitive and Proper               House of Hepworths
Faded Charm                         aka design  
Jennifer Rizzo                        Shabby Art Boutique
French Country Cottage          Funky Junk Interiors
Too Much Time on my Hands

The North End Loft

31 comments:

  1. This is so cute...and you make it seem really easy.
    I'm tempted to grab my hubby's very lonely power tools this winter. ;)
    Came over from Cowgirl Up.
    Have a great day!
    ~Tina

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  2. This is terrific! I have always wanted to do woodworking. I am now going to become your newest follower!

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    1. Thanks Carol, check my old posts, and ask questions, I'm sure you can make some of these things.

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  3. Very cute shelf!
    I'm happy to be a new follower, Mary Alice

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  4. so cute, julie! that would look amazing in a bathroom or even as a nightstand where there is limited space.

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    1. I appreciate that Cassie, since you do such incredible work!

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  5. Sweet idea. Love it! Hopped over from Primitive & Proper! Would love to have you stop by for a visit! Blessings ~ Judy @ www.vintagestreetdesigns.com

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  6. Awesome project. I love your shutter!
    rita

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  7. That is so cute! Your blog has so inspired me to want to start cuttin' wood! We have every saw/tool known to man out in our garage and I'm going to start using them and making some of this cool stuff! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thanks so much. I encourage everyone to cut their own wood and make their own furniture BUT please be sure to know how to use the tools before you attempt anything. Power tools are very creative but also very dangerous if not used correctly!

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  8. OMGosh! That is so fantastic! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Brambleberry. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/09/make-it-pretty-monday-week-15.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  9. I love this tutorial! Thank you for the step by step.

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  10. How cool is this! Love it!
    Thanks for your nice comment on my blog, too.

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  11. This shutter shelf will go with many different styles of decor. I love it.

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  12. Such a wonderfully cozy set of shelves! Very creative.

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original linky party is open.

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  13. Hi! New follower from Funky Junk SNS....love the shelves! Hope you'll come by and say "hi"....Peggy @ The Painted Pear
    http://repeartreedesign.blogspot.com

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  14. I need to learn to use my router. Nice shelves and nicely done. Thanks for sharing.
    Audrey Z. http://audreyzumwalt.blogspot.com/
    Timeless Treasures

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  15. It's adorable! You're like a PRO!
    Amazing...
    Can I have it?

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    1. Thanks Crystelle,
      No you can't have it... but you can BUY it!

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  16. Very Inspiring dear,Good Job!

    If you have a minute, please check out my blog and leave a comment on my new post.
    I'll appreciate it so much! Thanks!

    Blow A Rainbow

    XoXo

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  17. So cute-great job! I'm visiting from aka design and am your newest follower :)
    Susan

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  18. This is great, love your technique. I have two similar shutters that I could do this with. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  19. Hi Julie! Saw this creation over on Suzan's Blog Simply Vintage. I have been saving some shutters forever and now I know what I will be doing with two of them! Love this idea and I definitely need a his and hers shelf/hanger in the bedroom. This will be perfect. Thanks for sharing! Pinning!

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  20. Hi Julie! Saw this creation over on Suzan's Blog Simply Vintage. I have been saving some shutters forever and now I know what I will be doing with two of them! Love this idea and I definitely need a his and hers shelf/hanger in the bedroom. This will be perfect. Thanks for sharing! Pinning!

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  21. Hi Julie! Saw this creation over on Suzan's Blog Simply Vintage. I have been saving some shutters forever and now I know what I will be doing with two of them! Love this idea and I definitely need a his and hers shelf/hanger in the bedroom. This will be perfect. Thanks for sharing! Pinning!

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  22. Hi Julie, I hope you don't mind if I use your picture in one of my posts. I will give you full credit. I was going to build these but decided to go a different route with my shutters. I loved yours so much that I wanted to show them on my post! Let me know if your okay with this. I am your newest follower! Cheers

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  23. I just LOVE this shelf.... I am thinking this would look really fab.u.lous in MY bathroom!!! hahahaha!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing.… :)

    Have a happy weekend; hugs x, Crystelle

    Crystelle Boutique

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I appreciate all your comments, they keep me blogging! I like to personally reply to each comment I receive but many of you are "no-reply commenters" which means your email address is not connected to your comment. If that is the case I cannot directly reply, sorry.