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Repurposed Shutter (magazine rack)

repurposed shutter bi-folding door

I love quick and easy repurposed shutter project!  I also love shutter and/or bifold doors.  This particular project is 1/2 of a bifold door. I have made other shutter magazine holders by removing every other slat. Generally I would put the claw end of a hammer in the middle and do a quick snap, then remove the slat from each side.
But thanks to my Dremel Multi-Max I found a much easier way to remove the slats.   I’ve never had a tool before that does flush cuts!


cutting a shutter Since I had never used one, it did take me a few tries to get it flush.
dremel multimax The Multi-Max is an awesome tool!  There are many accessories available for it.
cut out shutter slats

You can see here that one of the slats came out. I think that I removed it before I realized that I should try the Dremel Multi-Max.  I just stuck it back in the hole and then cut it off flush.


magazine rack shutter Look at all the new paint stirrers I have now!   Smile

If you don’t have a Dremmel, you can use a hammer to “snap” out every other slat, then fill the holes with putty or spackling.


dremel multimax

I switched the blade out and put the sander on the Multi-Max, to smooth out the rough places.

magazine rack

  I primered it with the Wagner Power Plus.


spray paint shutter magazine rack Then I spray painted it with a pretty green paint.

Repurposed Shutter To finish it off, I applied a flourish that I cut with my Silhouette SD.

Repurposed Shutter Bi-folding door Yep, it sold at Glendale!

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Dremel was kind enough to send me the Multi-Max, but as always my opinions are my own.


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A teacher at heart, Gail relishes the chance not to show off her projects, but to help others find their inner handywoman, step-by-step. Her blog, MyRepurposedLife.com, chronicles her scrap-saving adventures and has been featured on countless DIY magazines and websites, including Women’s Day, Design*Sponge and Apartment Therapy. She is a longtime influencer for both Krylon spray paint and Gorrilla Glue. With a tribe of more than 400,000 followers, Gail is inspiring a new generation of DIYers to pick up some tools and get to work.
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  1. girlfromwva says:

    :) really like this. thanks for the instructions & step-by-step pics! i am sure whoever bought it in Glendale is still enjoying it!

  2. Love this idea!

  3. Awesome use of a shutter. Love the Multi-Max. I have an older Dremel and love it, too. Just out of curiosity, how much did you sell it for? I probably would have bought it!!

  4. Love this tutorial, it was featured on the At Play Blog today!
    and added to the craft directory at http://craftsatplay.com/


  5. What a great idea!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Also curious how the magazines don’t fall through????

  7. this is so cool … I’ve got a set of shutters that I had no idea what to do with them and now I have the perfect spot and a great idea… I’ll send pics once done.

  8. Anonymous says:

    What is keeping the magazines from falling through?

  9. Just found this fantastic shutter makeover. The green is beautiful. I love repurposing shutters. I would love for you to come by my post for a visit to see my version:


  10. I love this project!!!


  11. I must’ve missed this one when you first published!

    Great project idea.


  12. LOVING this magazine rack! The color is amazing and its so clever!

  13. Came across your site on pinterest. I have long been wanting to do something about the magazines stacked up behind our toilet in our guest bathroom. When I saw this I knew I had to make it! Not nearly as good or professional looking as yours but not bad for a novice at DIY projects. I show it on my blog and of course reference your site. No more magazines stacked behind my toilet! http://arcticlilysloops.blogspot.com/2012/03/diy-magazine-rack.html

  14. oh my gosh what a great idea!

  15. This is so cute! It would be great in my craft room with all my crafty magazines in it!

  16. I love this project!

  17. What a great project! I’m definitely saving this idea for later.

  18. This is a wonderful idea. I featured a link to it on my blog.


  19. This is so perfect! I have a shutter that I’ve been meaning to do something with. I think I just found my “something”! Pinning this!

  20. LOVE LOVE LOVE this Gail! I can’t scored used shutters for the life of me. I’m putting your lovely magazine rack in the Spotlight this weekend. Have a great one!

  21. LOVE LOVE LOVE this Gail! I can’t scored used shutters for the life of me. I’m putting your lovely magazine rack in the Spotlight this weekend. Have a great one!

  22. This is ridiculously genius! Just absolutely genius!!
    I would love for you to link up my my very first Fresh Friday Link Party!

  23. I am so glad you posted this!! I just happen to have a shutter from a friend, and my husband gave me a Dremel for Christmas last year. I am so giddy, I feel like I am the one who just made this… :)

  24. Very neat idea. Gonna have to do it sometime. I am getting jealous of all the “Silhouette people”. :0) Looks like there are all kinds of wonderful projects to be done.


  25. I think I need one of these… I now have a severe case of tool envy thank-you-very-much.

    The magazine rack is FUN!!!

    ;-D robelyn

  26. Love the shutter project. And, now I’m thinking I need that Dremel tool, too. Looks less scary than the big tools hubby uses. And, I have a shutter that’s ready to go!

    I get lots of stuff at Habitat’s ReStore – great place (but dangerous for me to spend too much time there!)

    I’d love for you to share this project (or any of your others) on my new weekly link party, Thrifty Thursdays. It’s just getting going. Here’s the link:


  27. Wow… this turned out great! Thank you for sharing your idea!

  28. This is awesome! You are so talented. This looks professionally made for sure. I’d definitely buy it if I saw it in a store. Love the color too. And what a fun little tool. I’ll have to keep that on my wish list! Thanks so much for sharing this!

  29. Absolutely love this! And such a pretty color too. I will definitely be making this.

  30. Great idea! Love how it turned out!


  31. Totally lovin’ that! I have some shutters that I’m pretty sure would love to look like yours. :) I’d also LOVE for you to link up over at Trash 2 Treasure Tuesdays over on the Korner if you get a chance! http://kammyskorner.blogspot.com/2011/10/trash-2-treasure-tuesdays-3.html

  32. Supercool idea! Great for hanging scarves too!
    Visiting from TCB. Thanks!

  33. Oooohhh Gail…this is SO pretty! Love the addition of the Silhouette flourish…what a perfect finishing touch!

  34. LOVE this…and so would my daughter. She is a magazine freak, this would be perfect for her!

    I wish shutters were not so hard to find…I have been looking for them to make a headboard for months and I just am not finding them. I go to Restore weekly, but it seems they have either become more popular and sell fast or else no one even has them to donate anymore!

  35. You have just the neatest tools….I’m jealous. Ü

    Your project turned out great…I’m not surprised it sold!

  36. Love the flush cut capability of that tool. Santa simply must bring me that one! Got my paint sprayer Saturday, woo hoo! Can’t wait to use it!

  37. I love that magazine rack. I need to make one for my scrapbook magazines.

    Seeing that tool makes me remember last Christmas. Its been on my wish list for a while. Last Christmas my then 24 year old son bought it for me and I made him return it because he needed shoes for work and I didn’t have the money to get them. So he returned it and used the money to get his shoes. What we do for our children. Love them forever.


  38. What a great little tool. Love the new magazine rack and I’m not surprised it sold.

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