Use a Shutter to Build a Shelf

I never pass up a shutter!

Shutter Shelf

Shutters make great organization stations and even a privacy screens.

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Today I'm turning this old shutter

Shutter with before overlay

into beautiful shelves!

Shutter Shelf painted brown with milk paint

I created shelves using 1" x 4"s, triangle shaped mini blocks, and a strip of moulding that I added to the front of each shelf to form a ledge.

Shutter Shelf in workshop with milk paint

I painted the shutter piece in Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Curio

As you can see the milk paint dries a very dusty color...

I finished off the piece with a coat of Hemp Oil

Hemp Oil is my new favorite finish.

It is easy to apply and gives a rich beautiful color to every color of milk paint.

shelf made from a shutter with enamelware number

The shutter shelf is finished. 

It is the perfect place to hold knick knacks, even post a photo or note with a clothespin clipped to the shutter slats.

Shutter shelf with pitcher

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Shutter Shelf with overlay

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. What a darling piece that made! Love it and it's narrow enough that it would fit a lot of places.


  2. Love everything about it! But that color is awesome!!! Loving that porcelain tag too!

  3. How clever! Love what you did with the shutter. Thanks for sharing!!!

  4. I love your shutter shelf Susan! I have so many shutters... and scraps. I may have to make some of these.

    great job!


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