We recently began thinking about some improvements to the outside of our home. Part of those improvements will entail taking down some old worn out shutters and replacing them with new ones. So, that got me thinking about what I could do with those old shutters. I started looking for some DIY projects and found 20 cool shutter repurposing projects that will add some style to your home and garden. These are all really easy DIY projects and they have that wonderful rustic quality.
I mean, shutters give you a rustic look, right? Have you ever noticed an old shutter used as a photo display at a wedding? They work perfectly for that coveted farmhouse look, so anything that you repurpose them into for your home or garden is going to help you get a great farmhouse rustic look. These projects include everything from message centers and entryway shelves to headboards and jewelry holders. There is even a great side table and a console table – made out of all shutters! If you love rustic furniture, you are going to adore these. You will also love these 20 rustic DIY kitchen signs.
If you don’t happen to have any old shutters that you can repurpose into amazing home and garden décor, don’t fret. You can visit your local thrift store and see if they have any on hand. If they do, chances are good that they will be really cheap. If they don’t, you could also check with home improvement stores and contractors to see if they have something from a renovation. Once you find some shutters, you are going to love doing these DIY shutter repurpose projects. Also check out these 18 rustic DIY picnic table plans to add even more farmhouse charm to your home and garden.
1. Repurposed Shutter Entryway Shelf
Turning that old shutter into an entryway shelf is so easy. You just have to turn it on its side and add hangers to the back. Then, add a few hooks for coats, backpacks and other hangables and you’re all set. You could even add a small shelf to the top for holding all sorts of knickknacks. I love this idea! I found this one on Etsy and you can get it for around $30 if you don’t have an old shutter to use but you really want a repurposed shutter entryway shelf.
2. DIY Coastal Style Shutter Headboard
I love anything with a beach theme and this repurposed shutter turned headboard is one of my all time favorites. You need a couple of old shutters to make this one and if they are a bit weathered, that’s even better. The weathered look is perfect for getting a coastal feel. If you are looking to add some DIY beach themed décor to your home, this headboard is a great idea and it’s pretty easy to make, too. I love beach décor projects for the outdoors…why not add some coastal décor to your indoors, as well?
3. DIY Shutter Hall Tree
Give your entryway some rustic charm with a DIY shutter hall tree! This is such a simple project and it’s a wonderful way to repurpose those old shutters. You can add a shelf for holding keys and other items, and some crown molding to make it look really elegant. I love this idea and it only takes about an hour or so to put this one together. And, if you don’t have any old shutters to use, you can use old louvered doors for this one, too.
4. DIY Rustic Shutter Birdhouse
If you want to repurpose those old shutters into something for your garden, this DIY rustic shutter birdhouse is a great choice. This one is so adorable and perfect for housing your little feathered friends. You can even decorate it with other repurposed items like old drawer pulls or doorknobs. How beautiful would this look hanging in your garden? And it’s super easy to make – and a great project for the kids!
5. Old Shutter Turned Mug Rack
How about a rustic farmhouse looking mug rack for the kitchen or dining room? You can turn that old shutter into the most amazing mug rack and really give your home a farmhouse look. If you are into DIY farmhouse furniture and décor, this is an excellent one to make. It’s super easy, doesn’t take long to do and really cheap. You just need an old shutter and some hooks for hanging your mugs.
6. Gorgeous Repurposed Shutter Photo Display
Turn that old shutter into the most beautiful way to display your photos! This is a super easy project and it has such a great rustic look. You can do this with large shutters and make a standup display or use smaller ones to sit on a tabletop. Paint the shutters or leave them weathered – it all depends on the look that you want. I found this tabletop version on Etsy for around $40 and it holds so many photos!
7. Repurposed Shutter Garden Plant Hanger
Take a couple of old shutters and put them together to form this lovely plant hanger for your garden. There are a couple of ways that you can do this. You could create small shelves for your plants to sit on or even add hooks to your planters and hang them directly on the shutters. This works well if you turn the shutters upside down before you place them. I love the look of these old shutters in the garden and it only takes a couple of minutes to get them ready. Hang your DIY hanging planters on this one!
8. DIY Shutter Plate Rack
An old shutter works wonderfully as a DIY plate rack. You just hang it on the wall and add your plates! Well, there is a bit more to it than that, but not much. This is a super easy DIY and a wonderful way to repurpose shutters. You could use shutters of any size, too. The louvers keep your decorative plates perfectly in place and the old shutter adds such a lovely rustic look to your kitchen or dining room.
9. Repurposed Shutter Message Board
All busy families need a message board to keep schedules and other things organized. This repurposed shutter message board works beautifully and it adds such a nice decorative touch to any room. I love the little DIY chalkboard section – I do love DIY chalkboard projects! This is a pretty simple project and the shutter louvers are perfect for hanging notes with tiny clothespins. Talk about a great farmhouse décor piece!
10. Rustic Shutter Wall Shelf
This decorative wall shelf is made from old vintage shutters and it is beautiful. If you don’t have any older shutters – the ones without louvers – you can check with your local thrift stores. They will often have them for just a few dollars each. Then put two of them together to make this amazing shelf. Or just check out this one that I found on Etsy. It is made from really old shutters and you can get it for $65.
11. Repurposed Shutter Mail Organizer
A shorter shutter is perfect for keeping your mail organized. Of course, if you have a lot of mail then you could use a longer one. Just hang it on the wall or stand it up beside your desk. These smaller shutters can easily be hung on the wall and the louvers will keep your mail organized and right there where you need it. You just stick your mail right into the slats!
12. Lovely Outdoor Shutter Side Table
You can use this shutter side table outdoors or indoors – it’s beautiful either way. If you want a project that will give you lovely farmhouse décor, this is it. You could even do this in gray or blue and distress it for a great coastal look. And it is made completely of shutters – minus the top and bottom, that is. This is a pretty simple project. If you only have longer shutters, you can cut a couple of them in half to do this one.
13. Repurposed Shutter Hanging Magazine Rack
Where do you need a magazine rack? In the living room…or bathroom? An old shutter will do the trick and give you some lovely rustic décor at the same time. You literally only have to hang the shutter on the wall to hold your magazines! You can finish it if you want, stain or paint it and then even distress it if you want something really rustic. This is a really simple project and it’s a great way to store those magazines – and save your place when you’re reading! Just loop your page over the louvre.
14. Amazingly Creative DIY Shutter Wall
I love this DIY shutter wall! Can’t you just see this in your home? It’s beautiful and so creative. You can use shutters of every size and color for this one and you get a wonderfully rustic wall when you are finished. If you want to do this DIY shutter wall, you will need several shutters so I would check with local thrift stores and even wholesale home improvement places to see if they have some old ones on hand for cheap.
15. Repurposed Shutter Jewelry Holder
Turn that old shutter on its side and add some decorative hangers for holding necklaces and bracelets. This would also make a wonderful belt or scarf holder and it gives your bedroom such a lovely look. This is a super simple way to repurpose those old shutters and these make wonderful gifts, too. I found this one on Etsy for $20 but you could easily recreate it if you want to do it yourself. This would make a great DIY jewelry organizer.
16. Repurposed Shutter Kitchen Utensil Holder
I have always loved the idea of using an old shutter to hold kitchen essentials. This one is super easy and it would look great in your kitchen. You just hinge two shutters together to make it. Paint it whatever colors you want to match your kitchen – or create a contrast with different colors and then add your kitchen necessities.
17. DIY Shutter Sofa Table
I love the look of this DIY shutter sofa table. You will need a few pieces of wood for this one, along with an old shutter. This is a great look for behind the couch or you could use this as an entry table, as well. It’s pretty simple to make and won’t cost much at all, especially if you have a few reclaimed boards and an old shutter to use. You will spend much less making this one than you would buying something similar at a department store.
18. DIY Hinged Door Shutter Bulletin Board
A hidden bulletin board? I love it! This hinged bulletin board hides away behind lovely shutters so not only do you get a great board for keeping your life organized, you get lovely farmhouse inspired décor, too. This would be great in the kitchen or office and it’s super easy to make. You need a couple of short shutters – unless of course you want to make a really long bulletin board.
19. Upcycled Shutter Bar Cart
Turn that old shutter into an amazing bar or beverage cart. If you tend to entertain outdoors quite a bit, this is a great project for you. You can use a couple of shutters for this one and you need some reclaimed wood for the shelves and top and bottom. You get plenty of room for storing all sorts of beverages and beverage necessities in this one. Who doesn’t love a great DIY bar cart project?
20. Repurposed Shutter Farmhouse Décor
Shutters really do give you a great farmhouse look, like you get with this gorgeous repurposed shutter farmhouse décor. I love the idea of hanging old shutters above the mantel for decoration. I found this one on Etsy – it’s four thin shutters with “Gather” written across them. You could easily do this yourself with some wooden lettering and an hour or two of time or you can check this one out. You get your choice of sizes and colors. This is great if you love DIY farmhouse décor and furniture.