Whitney’s Shanty Shutters turned Headboard!

Hey girls! So I have been “gettin’ her done” today! I spent most of yesterday playing musical chairs with my kids beds. The result… I was finally ready to tackle this project today. My kids rooms have been at the very, very back of my mind since we moved in a few months ago. I have learned that if I don’t wait until I WANT to do something that it usually ends up looking half done so I have been patiently waiting to get the itch to start theirs. I’m sure it was the blog and the endless amount of projects I could post that finally did it:)

I love these shanty shutters that Ashley found up for me about a month ago. I had 2 sets in the corner of my dining room on the floor and two sets that belonged to my mom out in the garage. I just left them laying around until I WANTED to do something with them… See how that works? When I moved the queen bed from my son’s room to my daughter’s room I was in need of a new headboard. As I was walking through the garage one day and staring at them I finally found their purpose… Here’s how I did it…

~I removed all of the old hardware from the shutters and laid them face down on the ground, side-by-side
~I used a couple of 1×2’s and a 1×4 to brace all of the shutters together. I put a small line of gorilla glue under each piece and then used wood screws and my drill to secure them.

~I flipped the whole piece over and laid it face up. We had some spare crown in our garage so I cut a piece of that, angled at each end and attached it to the top of the shutters using gorilla glue, 2 wood screws and some finishing nails.
~I spray painted the cute scroll pink and let it dry while painting the headboard. I used Olympic Satin in Aloe Vera… love this color!
~After letting it dry I attached the scroll with gorilla glue and a few finishing nails. I then used my block sander on the entire thing. I scraped just about every edge.
~You can guess my next step… Ralph Lauren Smoke Glaze… Painted it on and wiped most of it off to give it a perfect aged look
~Final step… I used D-ring hangers on the back of the headboard and anchors and screws on the wall. I want to give props to Cobra Triple Grip anchors… I can’t tell you how many anchors I have used in the past that were cheap and flimsy and left a big mess on my wall… Not these! They are superb!

So… You want to see it in her room??? Me too!! Here it is!! I will be posting this at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday! Go check it out…great stuff there! http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/2009/09/welcome-to-34th-metamorphosis-monday.html I will also be posting this at Sanctuary Arts at Home “You Should Have Seen it Before” Party at http://sanctuaryart.blogspot.com/2009/09/you-should-have-seen-it-before.html Lot’s of great stuff…go check it out.

  • Lauren

    So cute! I knew I've been hanging onto those old shutters my grandmother gave me for a reason! Thanks for sharing your never ending good ideas with us.

  • Lauren

    So cute! I knew I've been hanging onto those old shutters my grandmother gave me for a reason! Thanks for sharing your never ending good ideas with us.

  • Sarah

    WOW, you just took shutter headboards to the next level! Congrats & God's blessings, Sarah 😀

  • Michelle, Queen of Everything

    LOVE it! I have thought of shutters for a headboard, but not with the molding on top. That really finishes it. Great job!

  • Amy@OCD: Obsessive Creative Disorder

    I love the shutters! I have been searching madly for shutters that I can use for some craft project- they have such an amazing charm to them! Beautiful work!

  • Catherine

    Love, love, love this! By the way, "Be Different, Act Normal" sent me here, she says hello!

  • mommieof4munchkins

    Those are absolutely adorable! Great job.

  • Kari @ Ucreate

    This is INCREDIBLE!! I'll be featuring today.

  • Stephanie

    OH, I love it!!!

  • Lorie

    I gasped out loud when I saw the finished headboard! Gorgeous! I am going to post a link to this on my blog!

  • Flower Patch Farmgirl

    Completely lovely! Perfect shade of green.

  • Jen R.


  • common ground

    Oh MY Gosh, I absolutely love this. The color, the glaze, the top molding piece, Everything. You did an awesome job!

  • kayleeg2005

    That's really amazing!! I love the colors you chose too!
    Thanks for sharing this great idea!!
    Kaylee G.

  • Cara

    That is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! Man, now I need to look for shutter…..lol

  • Sharlotte

    Love the shutters…perfect for a headboard! Thanks for sharing!

  • Wsprsweetly Of Cottages

    An adorable headboard! How creative you are! The color is so feminine and sweet. GREAT job! Sigh…now if I could just think of things like that!!!

  • ImagineCozy

    That is darling! What a great idea … and I love that it is green.

  • Jane

    The headboard is stunning. Love the color!! I'm sure your daughter loves her new bed.

  • The DIY Show Off

    WOW! It's awesome and beautiful! You did an amazing job! I love it!

    It looks like an awesome "diy show off" submission! 😉
    Nice to "meet" you!



    i love love love what you did here! I have yet to come across some of these shutters but i cant wait until i do because they look slike so much fun to work with! great blog girls!

  • Michelle@Sweet Something

    That turned out so cute! It looks totally easy too! Great job!

  • nannykim

    I meant some not soom!! and are not our typos!

  • nannykim

    Very pretty; what is really funny is I have shutters about identical to those. I have used them in various places at various time. Right now soom are covering the cat poop area (how un-chic) and some our in front of one of our fireplace areas. But you have achieved real genius. So mine is the shabby and yours the chic!!

    My post for Met. monday is not found at this comment link–you have to go to my other blog found here:

  • sara@augustfields

    i LOVE LOVE it!!!! that turned out so cute 🙂 thanks for sharing and great job!

  • Jane (Frugal Fine Living)

    Wow, that headboard is simply gorgeous! Great job!


  • Julie

    WOW it is beautiful…

  • Michelle

    Absolutely adorable! I happen to need a headboard for the guest room. Now you've got me to thinking!

  • Kether

    so awesome! and we have the same quilt! I love that…


  • Happy Nester

    Love it.Looks great. I just found an old door, I plan on turning into a headboard for my daughters room. My husband thinks I have lost it.

  • g.suzie

    I can see by the long list of comments, that I'm not alone, this is darling. I also love the green and pink combo, clever girls!

  • Debbie @ The Shabby Bungalow

    Absolutely fantastic – so inpirational 🙂 x

  • Kayleen

    WOW! This is really fantastic!

  • artisticblend

    Beautiful and very creative! That is a gorgeous color too. Thanks for sharing.

  • Lee Laurie

    WOW! I love it! It looks great with the linens too! The color is beautiful!

  • Sandy and Joe/rhubarb reign

    Adorable — really clever. Love the color and the finish. xo

  • Room to Inspire

    Looks great! I especially love the addition of the molding on the top! This is my first time here…your blog is great. Thanks for sharing 🙂


  • Marsha’s Mpressions

    Yep, it's a winner!

  • Lolly

    That is probably my favorite project out of all that you have done! FANTASTIC!!! I need to come over and see it.

  • myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com

    super job! love the colors!

  • Vintage Junky



  • Gigi

    That's gorgeous!

  • Chrissy

    Hello from Canada!!Thanks so much for coming by,I love this idea,it looks amazing!! All the best,Chrissy

  • a little bit vintage

    Wow! Love, love, love it! Great make-over!


  • Wendy

    Those look gorgeous! Love the green.

    I actually got a headboard that looks a lot like that, from Freecycle. Turns out it was from Pier One.

  • Annette

    Adorable! I have looked through all of your projects and they are all gorgeous! Both of you love Hobby Lobby like I love Hobby Lobby.

  • Tricia Anne

    What a great tutorial! Love the look and HAVE to show my husband! :o)

  • Maggie Reno

    This is probably the best use of old shutters I've seen lately. I love the colors!

  • shelly

    That is PRECIOUS!!! Love the colors…makes me wish for a girl!!!

  • Suzy

    Omg, that is SO cute! The colour is perfect and I love the pink addition!

  • Junk Mammas

    Love this!! The color is great and love the idea of putting all the small shutters together for a big impact.

  • Jen

    Oh, very nice! Saw it on DIY day and knew it would be good with your name on it! My birthday wish list will include a sander and some Gorilla Glue.

  • jodi @ Pleasant Home

    Here from Kimba's DIY! This project is Simply AWESOME!

  • Kim

    Wow!!! Great makeover of the shutters. I love the color. Turned out fabulous!!!

  • Better After

    Hi there! I'm loving your blog! I really love this headboard. I would love to feature it on my site, c'mon over and check it out!

  • Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage

    I bought some shutters the other day for $5 having no clue what do with them, but now I know. This will look darling on Bre's bed! I can smell a TT for next week!

    Thanks for joining me

  • Kahra

    I need to find me some shutters, stat! Where did you buy the RL glaze? Home Depot??

  • Sachiko

    Oh my gosh!!! This is way too cute!! I love what you did and the color is stunning! I am going to start looking for old shutters.

  • Michelle

    Wow, I just LOVE this…awesome idea!

  • Jill

    Looooooove it!

  • Gretchen

    Totally in love with what you did with the shutters. Just gave me a great idea for my girls. Thanks for inspiring!!

  • Blanca

    Excellent! That is one fabulous headboard.

  • Morning T

    OK- you guys are TOO cute and this headboard is AMAZING- love shutters. Another fabulous project from you two, bravo!

  • Angie

    One word for this project – fabulous!!!

  • Jennifer Juniper

    I wasn't sure how this was going to turn out, then I scrolled down and BAM! The color is fantastic and the distressing and the scale and the shelf…I could go on and on 🙂

  • duchess

    So cute. I just love it.

  • michellejohnnie

    wow! Stunning! I want it now! I am featuring this on somedaycrafts.blogspot.com Love it!!!!

  • arkie

    Love the shutter headboard! Good pictures of how you did it too!

  • Southern Fried Gal

    Another WOW from me! You've got talent, girl!

  • stefanie

    that is soooo pretty, i love the colors, good job

  • Amanda @ Serenity Now

    WOW!!!!! First of all, I love the colors you chose. I also like the little decorative accent you put on top. So cute! 🙂

  • Pam @ This Humble House

    Oh My Goodness! I thought that was just going to look like a window when I saw the crown moulding…but it really doesn't! The way you finished it with the paint treatment and adding the little detail, it looks so high end! Beautiful colors in your bedding and all of it!

    Great job!

    ~ Pam

  • JobandBrittany

    this is awesome!! i have old shutters hanging everywhere!! great cheap art

  • Magic Brush

    I can't even tell you how much I LOVE this!!!!!! Wonderful idea!

  • Infarrantly Creative

    OMG I just love that. Gorgeous…amazing…simply fabulous!

  • Erin Wood

    so gorgeous! i have yet to see a piece of furniture from you guys that isn't AWESOME!

  • Erin Wood

    so gorgeous! i have yet to see a piece of furniture from you guys that isn't AWESOME!

  • Nice and Easy Antiques

    This is just too cute! I'm sending my sister to see this!

  • Misti of Studio M Designs

    Now that's just freaking brilliant! And super fabulous too! I love shutters and this is the perfect headboard. I turned a footboard into a door topper….great minds, right?


  • Blue Creek Home

    This is just the cutest headboard!! Love the colors.

  • kirstin & jordan

    this is FABULOUS! I love using shutters/windows/door/stuff you can find at an architectural salvage store around the house… you guys do a great job at repurposing this stuff into beautiful decor! 🙂

  • KirkKrew

    I love it!!!! I'm anxious to paint the girls' furniture now. Got to finish my other list first though.

  • Beachbrights

    Adorable! I am so impressed with you both!


  • Beth

    This is great! I love the green.

  • Heidi

    Well, isn't that just charming! Nice Job!