10 Ways To Repurpose Vintage Shutters

January 28, 2023

Today I'm sharing 10 ways to repurpose vintage shutters.  

vintage black robins egg blue large shutters

One thing about home ownership -- the upkeep never ends. But when it comes to needing new shutters I'm OK with it, since that means I get to use the old, vintage shutters for one of my repurposed home decor projects!

tall black wood shutters

Our house was built in the 1980's. I believe the shutters are original to the house, so they're probably almost 40 years old. Aren't they fabulous?

tall vintage shutters leaning on split rail fence

I have 6 large shutters (72" x 16") and 4 of the smaller shutters (62" x 16"). And I can't wait to get started on some repurposing projects!

large black chippy shabby vintage shutters

I was surprised to see that the back side of the shutters were this pretty robin's egg blue. Some are in better condition than others, so I'll keep the best ones and try to sell the others. 

There are myriad ways to repurpose vintage shutters. And right now I'm trying to figure out what I want to do with mine. I searched for inspiration online and picked 10 of my favorite ideas. 

NOTE: I did my best to locate the original links for your reference, but sometimes the sources are too old, no longer available or just plain unclear. Feel free to add any omitted sources in the comments.

10 Ways To Repurpose Vintage Shutters:

1. Sconce lighting element

vintage shutter wall light sconce

2. Shelving unit 

vintage shutters shelving unit corbels

source: Pinterest
(can not find original Pin source)

3. Coat rack

beadboard wall vintage shutter coat rack basket flowers

4. Headboard

vintage shutter headboard bedroom suitcase

5. Privacy screen

repurposed shutters privacy screen patio

6. Picture display

blue shutters black picture frames display


7. Jewelry display

white distressed vintage shutter jewelry hanger display colored knobs


8. Plate rack

shutter plate rack wall hanging

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9. Plant stand

distressed vintage shutters plant stand terra cotta pots

10. Table runner 

vintage white shutter used as table runner dining room


Which repurposing project is your favorite? I'm pretty sure I've figured out what I want to do as my first repurposing project. Can you guess what it is? Stay tuned! 

Well, that's it for today, friends!

I hope you've enjoyed reading about

10 Ways To Repurpose Vintage Shutters 

and that I've inspired you in some way. 

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Dee | GrammysGrid.com said...

Such great ideas! I really like the shelving, coat rack, headboard, and picture display.

Junkchiccottage said...

I love all the ideas but the headboard is a fave. I have one on my dining room ceiling with my chandelier. Gotta love shutters. Hugs. Kris

Colo Junkett said...

Awesome ideas for using shutters, I found a pair last summer painted them, but haven't used them I really like the plant stand project.

Debra@CommonGround said...

I love your shutter ideas, Kathleen. Thanks so much for having us over to party!!

Keira Ball said...

Awesome ideas. Especially the jewelry display.

Anonymous said...

I loved the headboard! What a statement on that wall! I was waiting to see if what you called planter shelves made it on the list; I had a friend who used to make them. I was suprised that no one hung French earwire earrings from the louvres! Great projects all! Can't wait to see what you do! Kathy A

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