Vintage Green Shutter Shelf

A shutter shelf with vintage style.

vintage shutter shelf

Don't throw away those old shutters you find on the side of the road... 

or the ones that used to be on your windows.... 

they can have a new life.

vintage shutter with overlay

I come across old shutters all the time... and here is what I do with them...

vintage green shutter shelf center

I began by adding 2 shelves with a piece of molding underneath for a bracket. 

I screwed the shelves to the shutter from under the shelf and from the back. 

When the shelves were secured I painted the entire piece with Fusion Mineral Paint in Lily Pond

Fusion Mineral Paint is great for my projects. 

Requires no sanding or priming and the best part is there is no need to seal the paint. 

vintage shutter painted in Mineral paint

When the paint was dry I distressed using fine sandpaper. 

Aged clothespins hold notes and photos to the shutters. 

Cards can also be slipped over the shutter slats for a beautiful special occasion display.

shutter with pegs and shelf

The knobs were once spindles from someone's front porch. 

They are chippy and gorgeous and I didn't have to even touch them with the paint. 

I cut one in half the long way and one in half through the center.

old spindle and green paint

antique spindles

One spindle became the hooks at the bottom of the shelf. 

Using wood glue and a screw from the back, I attached the spindles to the bottom to create hooks to hang keys, leashes, or whatever.

antique chippy spindle project

green shutter with shelf and clips with tags

The other spindle is wood glued and screwed to the top for decoration.

vintage shutter shelf with pitcher

This shutter has come a long way from an old side of the road find to a beautiful vintage message center shelving unit.

repurposed shutter with tags and overlay

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*Fusion Mineral Paint supplied me with a sample of paint but all opinions are mine 

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. Love it! The color is gorgeous, and your use of those fabulous old spindles is so darn creative.

    1. Thank you Betsy! The old spindles were a great find!

  2. Oooh, I like that! I just happen to have an old blue shutter that now I think I need to add shelves to!!


    1. Thank you Tania! Go for it! Shutter shelves are not hard to make and they look awesome! I love putting cards into the shutter slats for display too!

  3. Beautiful project Susan! Looks great and I love the color!

    1. Thanks so much Kelly! The color reminds me of a vintage kitchen :)

  4. Love this! And I'm eyeing those little clothespins that are all too perfect for this piece!

    1. Hey thanks Donna! I love little clothespins (ok all clothespins) and staining them makes them even better :)

  5. That is so cute. I love it and the color. Great job.

  6. What a lovely self storage shelving unit. After the repainting and restoration job, this would be a unit fit for sale! Good job!

  7. love it! i’ve been repurposing old shutters too...have a couple more! may try to do something similar. i don’t have spindles, but could use something else!! good job! but i always love your stuff! i need to find the post where you were telling us where you get some of your was at amazon. have to go hunt for it! have a great day!

    the cluttered craft room

    1. Hi Debi! Many of the products I recommend are in the Homeroad Amazon shop.


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