Upcycled Vintage Shutter

June 26th, 2013 in Country Crafts, Green & Eco Living, Vintage Inspiration

We’ve recently moved to a new premises that we share with a few other businesses and we wanted a business card holder for our communal area. Having scoured the internet and found nothing inspiring I remembered an old French shutter that I picked up on a recent buying trip and decided to have a go at upcycling it.

The original shutter had a frame around it which meant that it was too big for the space we had available so first job was to remove that – it was pretty straightforward and just involved removing a hinge held on with a couple of rusty screws.

I love the look of old shutters just leant against a wall and used to display cards and other pretty things but we needed this to be more secure and wanted to fix it flush to the wall, so the next job was to remove all the metal work from the back of the slatted area. This was quite tricky and involved metal cutters and a hacksaw but I persevered and once they were off I fixed a thin piece of MDF to the back and hey presto. I slid some cardboard inside some of the slats to make it easier to display smaller cards as well – a stunning repurposed shutter business card holder.

I then painted another piece of MDF with blackboard paint and attached it to the frame to make a funky little blackboard.

For more ideas and inspiration about upcycling vintage shutters check out this fab blog post by Dishfunctional Designs

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