Think you can’t do anything with an old wooden shutter? Think again! Here’s my tutorial for upcycling a shutter into a statement accessory holder.
So I must admit, a shutter upcycle has got to be one of the more random projects out there but when I heard Joe Blogs had partnered up with Hillarys Blinds to run a ‘crafternoon’ teaching you how to do just that I was keen as mustard to attend!
Whilst my upcycling experiences have been mostly with fabric, adapting clothing into new pieces and making bunting from bedsheets (as you do), I had been dying to get my hands on a furniture project for quite some time. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend the actual crafternoon due to a bit of an emergency (sad face) but the silver lining came when I found that there were still plenty of shutters left and I was allowed to go and pinch one at a later date. Luckier still, I was even sent my very own crafty kit from Joe Blogs and Hillarys which contained all of the things I needed to do the upcycle in my own home – I was ready and set to go!
Armed with a set of instructions, some borrowed screwdrivers and all of the paintbrushes here’s how I turned one old shutter into a jewellery holder:
- Annie Sloan chalk paint in a colour of your choice
- Kilner jars
- Hose clips
- Accessory hooks
- Take the hinges off your shutter and lay it flat on the table
- Put the jars in place and use a pencil to mark the centre point at the top of each jar on the shutter (a tape measure really helps here if you want perfect spacing)
- Make small indents into the wood on the marks
- Paint a generous amount of chalk paint all over the shutter and leave it to dry for a bit. Then, use a damp cloth wrapped round a finger to rub at the shutter edges to create a distressed effect
- Once its all dry, push a screw through the single hole on the hose clip, position over the pilot hole and screw into place. Repeat with all of the other hose clips
- Use a straight screwdriver to undo the hoseclip a little and then put the neck of your jar (metal top disk removed) into place and do up the clip
- Adorn your shutter with jewels and pretty things!
The finished piece
This project really was so much fun to make and took only a couple of hours from start to finish. It was my first time using Annie Sloan chalk paint and oh boy was I impressed – this stuff could cover anything! My only tip when using it would be to keep your brush strokes all one way so that everything dries evenly.
I chose not to add a handle to the top as living in rented accommodation means not much can go on the walls but as the shutter is so tall it stands propped up next to my dressing table in its own right! I love the vintage feel the kilner jars give and the gold around the top sparkles just as much as the jewellery (ooooo shiny pretty things).
If jewellery isn’t really your thing, how about making this shutter to hold herbs, pens, paint brushes or sewing supplies? The list is endless and you can find inspiration from the other wonderful crafters that attended the event here.