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Five ways to use old window shutters

Even if your shutters are looking a little worn, this doesn’t mean that you have to throw them away. These versatile window dressings have plenty of life in them and can be used for so many other things around the home.
DIY window shutter bench

Did you know that your old plantation shutters can make a great bench for either inside or outside the house?

What you’ll need:

  • Your shutter
  • Baseboard
  • Something to use for the legs
  • Leg anchors
  • Wood trim


  • Give your old shutters a good clean, remembering to get in between all the slats
  • Measure your shutters and then cut a baseboard thinner than the shutter
  • Using a table saw, cut out a slot in the board for the shutter pull to rest in. The shutter pull will go face down so that it can sit flat against the baseboard
  • Place straight leg anchor plates at each corner and at the centre of the bottom of the baseboard. Now you can put the legs in
  • Rub or sand down all surfaces and then paint your new bench your desired colour

This method can also be used to turn your shutters into a table.

Repurposed doors

While your shutters may have once been used on your windows, they also make a great addition to any door frame. They make really quirky internal sliding doors and also unique but very stylish wardrobe doors. You could even create a dog gate with a difference! Find out how by visiting https://www.prettyhandygirl.com/ways-to-repurpose-shutters/

Wall shelves

If you’re short on storage space in your home, you can use your old shutters to create shelves. All you need to do is clean and paint your shutters the colour of your choice (or you can leave them as they are) and then hang them up using wall brackets. This is incredibly quick and easy and you get to benefit from more places around the house to store photos, books and other decorations.

Wall art

Your window shutters can be used as wall art in so many different ways.

  • Securely stick your shutter(s) onto the wall and add a wreath to it. This is a great way to get more greenery into your home
  • If you have a room that’s lacking windows, you can still create the illusion of one. Find an indoor decorative window and then place your shutters either side of it. You can even add some plants to really help re-create the feeling of the great outdoors
  • Fix the shutters to your wall and then add photo frames, plates or a mirror to your new decorative piece
  • Add hooks to your shutter and you can use it to hang jewellery so you no longer have to worry about necklaces getting tangled up or losing anything
  • Even if you have special shaped shutters, these can also be used to decorate your walls. Half round, elongated and eyebrow shapes look really great stuck onto a wall with lights either side of them

Magazine holder
Simply attach rods going across your window shutters and they can then be used as handy magazine holders. This looks great in bathrooms and living areas and offices with a waiting room can even add this as a quirky touch. If you have plantation shutters, you can even just rest the magazines between the slats so that minimal DIY skills are required.

For more interesting and quirky ideas on how to repurpose your old shutters visit the Country Living website:   https://www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/g2367/diy-ways-to-repurpose-old-shutters/?slide=1

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