Friday, March 21, 2014

DIY Distressed Shutter Boards

Hi there!
I'm Elle from Barefoot and Beautiful!
 My sis, Jenn, asked me to stop by and share with you all a little DIY project I worked on over spring break.

I must admit it was partly Jenn who inspired me to do this project! She is always re-purposing things, creating shelves from old wood, and what not!  Also, I have been inspired to paint things ever since I redid my guest room into an Italian Countryside theme! (Check it out here!)

I had some old saloon shaped shuttered doors I took down as soon as I moved into my new house. That was almost 2 years ago...they have been sitting in my garage since. Yikes!

I FINALLY got inspired to do something with them!
Step 1:  I had Jenn's sweet husband cut off the tops to make them straight.

Step 2:  I sanded down the current cream paint on them and filled any holes from hardware.

Step 3:  Then I used Valspar's Simply Aqua sample size and brushed that on lightly. (Light is key if you want that old worn beach look.)

Step 4: After the aqua dried I lightly sanded it again.

Step 5:  I then used a tea stain glaze mixture I already had on hand.  I believe it was a combination of Valspar Clear Mixing Glaze and Sherwin Williams Duration Acrylic Latex paint in "Well-Bred Brown".  If you want the specific mixing ratio, leave me a comment and I will find out that info for you.  I applied the glaze by using a short thin brush and  dabbing it into the corners and lightly over the edges. I then took a paper towel and rubbed it in a little to get it into the grain and cracks more.

Step 6: Finally I added some hooks(the ones in the picture are just peg board hooks from Lowes, however, I just ordered Grundtal s-hooks from Ikea that will look much nicer, and because they are flat they will be stable in the slats and not prone to turn sideways like the peg board hooks might!).  The mason jar lanterns I got from Hobby Lobby and voila!

I now have the perfect boards to use for decor or organizing in my laundry room!
I can use it as a candle holder, an organizer for coins found in my laundry, clothes pins, keys, plants, etc!  You could even use mini clothes pins to hang pictures on the shutters!

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