Hi all! I just love shanty “Whatnot” makeovers! They are quick, easy, one-day projects and they are often nick knacks that you already have in your house! My first “Whatnot”, I am excited to share, is my Shanty Shutter Makeover!

So, I just love shutters and I also love the little antique store downtown (it’s more of a second hand junk store but if the price is right who cares!). On my first trip to the antique store I found the most wonderful shutters at again the “perfect” price. They had definitely seen better days but nothing a little clean-up and paint couldn’t fix! I bought them without a vision in mind but I knew I would think of something! As soon as I got them home I remembered that I have been wanting to change out our terrible builder’s stock towel bar in our master and on went the light bulb! I was going to turn those shutters into a towel bar!

Supplies: 2 sets of short shutters, 2 hooks, 2 drop knobs, Elmer’s Wood Glue, Spa Blue acrylic and Antiquing Medium 819

I painted the shutters (one side only) with the Spa Blue acrylic, let them dry and then applied the Antiquing Medium 819. Did a little distressing and that part was finished. Once dry, I screwed in the hooks and glued the knobs with Elmer’s Wood Glue (the screws stuck out too far in back) and it was time to hang. I decided to hang each shutter separately rather than attaching them together so lining them up took some patience but it turned out just fine! I will add some decorative towels when I get a chance but I just love how this turned out. Such an original piece, little money invested and it was an afternoon worth of work!

I have posted before pictures of 2 sets of taller shutters I also purchased because I don’t have any pictures of the shorter ones I used. They were identical minus the dimensions. As always – Enjoy! I will be posting this at DIY day over at A Soft Place to Land… Check it out and be inspired!!! http://asoftplacetoland-kimba.blogspot.com/2009/08/diy-day_12.html

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  1. such a cute idea!! I have white shutters in my baby's room that I have ben meaning to do something else with. I hope you have a fabulous day!!! hugs!! Britt 🙂

  2. The shutters transformation is awesome. I love all of the projects you have posted on your blog. Our home decor is very simular. I am glad I stopped by. I look forward to your future projects!!