Do It Yourself Transformations: Recycling Exterior Shutters for Interior Decoration


Have you ever wondered if there was out there somewhere in internet land some actually useful do it yourself (diy) tips for recycling those old shutters have been taking up space in the garage or attic ever since you replaced them? Well, wonder no more and start making plans to do it yourself.


Make something new and beautiful out of something old and seemingly useless, that is.


Connecticut homes are fairly rare these days in that many of those shutters you see adorning exterior windows are actually pretty functional. Just because shutters are functional here doesn’t mean that they can’t be given new life inside the home when they are no longer needed for protection against the elements outside the home, however.


In fact, shutters in much of the rest of the country can actually serve a much more useful function when brought inside. The really cool thing is that even when interior shutters serve a definite function, they are also still capable of operating on a very high aesthetic level decorative additions to your home’s interior design.


  • Concealment


Remodeling and renovation can often leave you with an entryway that no longer serves any purpose, but isn’t easily redesigned. Interior shutters can be called into service to close up the entryway in a decorative fashion almost impossible to duplicate otherwise. Shutters are also an efficient and cost-effective means of concealing other things commonly found on display inside homes that you’d rather not be quite so exposed. A pair of shutters over open shelves instantly turns into a closet. Eyesores like ugly pipes, old radiators and many other interior eyesores are also ripe for a weekend do it yourself project with the power to transform.


  • Fabric-Covered Shutters


Shutters can become a very vital part of the overall interior design of any room in the house simply covering them in fabric. Match the fabric to the focal point of the room’s furnishings. That could mean matching colors, patterns or even texture. By incorporating fabric-covered shutters into the interior design, they become a much more kinetic form of home decor than plain old painted shutters.


  • Customizing Shutters


For the real DIY-er who doesn’t mind getting a little down and dirty and experimental, shutters offer the opportunity to take center stage as a piece of home decor. If you or someone in the house is handy with a saw, you can take those rectangular shutters out to the workshop and let your imagination soar. How? Well, one example would be to shape the shutters into round portholes to take center stage in a nautical theme. Or you could cut and glue and mix and match to essentially create anything you can envision from the raw materials. Animals, geometric designs, religious iconography…you are only limited by your imagination and handiness in the workshop.

Pretty interesting photos:

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Michelle Manter Giglietti

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Top Producing Realtor and recognized blogger. In her free time you can hear her screaming fore at the local golf course,or catch her at home enjoying fresh cooking and a glass of wine with her husband and favorite 6 pound Morkie named Pedro.
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