Rarely do I find real shutters while I’m out junking. I didn’t know I’d be making a hanging produce bin from a repurposed shutter when I bought these at Vendors’ Village, but I think it really was the perfect easy project.
John had 4 of these black shutters in his booth in the back room. I only bought 2, but went back later to get the other 2 and they were gone. It makes me curious about their new home.
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The price was reasonable, but more than my regular $5 limit. I suppose that’s why I only picked up 2 of them.
Shutters-Paint sprayer project
I mixed some diy chalky paint primer using plaster of paris and some flat Beluga paint.
Of course I used my Homeright Finish Max to paint the shutters, there’s no better way to prevent runs and drips. There were runs on the backside of the shutters already.
I sprayed the shutters while I was having a painting marathon. It’s easier to paint a lot of projects at once.
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I pre-drilled holes in the shutters . . .
. . . so I could attach these l shaped hooks. You can find shoulder hooks like these on Amazon.
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Because I wanted to secure the hooks all the way into the shutters, I used pliers with Gorilla Tape on the teeth in order to keep from scratching the hooks. If I hadn’t drilled the pilot holes I think the hooks may have broken.
Contact paper as a stencil
I got the Silhouette file for Farmer’s Market from Katie @ Addicted to DIY via Pretty Handy Girl. If you don’t have a shutter, Katie has a great tutorial on how to make this hanging produce bin project from scratch.
I always use contact paper for stencils when using my Silhouette Portrait. I apply the entire piece, then weed out the letters. This is an easier way for me.
Using a piece of the contact paper backing to “burnish” the stencil works like a charm!
I also use the contact paper backing to daub my paint using a Martha Stewart foam pouncer.I didn’t want full coverage, so I gave it a very light coat of my whitewash paint.
I prefer to remove the contact paper stencil while the paint is still damp.
Then weed the oodles and boodles (inside of letters).
Hanging Produce Bin
I could hardly wait to hang my new baskets on the hanging vegetable bin.
Because I was selling this and wanted to keep my costs down, I only added three wire baskets, but if it were mine, I may have tried to squeeze on a fourth basket.
Here is the hanging produce bin staged on my fence with some fall items. I really like that the baskets are removable. I also love the colors of the baskets against the black shutter.
Would you believe these wire baskets came from Dollar General? They were $6 each.
The hanging produce bin with wire baskets sold at Glendale 2016. It went home to a very nice couple, regular customers that were in a hurry to get to my booth before all the headboard benches were gone. They also took home the simple headboard bench.
If you love it, please pin it.
I made a much smaller DIY Vegetable Bin out of a cabinet door. It’s great for a small family or a single person. Because I used baskets from The $$ Tree, it was a much more frugal project.
I of course would need the smaller one, which one would YOU need?
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See how I used the other shutter to make a Rustic Shutter Cabinet
Dear Gail, incredibly imaginative as usual! Love the transformed shutters with hanging baskets. Visually, I think odd number of baskets work best and allow the content to shine. Great job!
Thank you Danielle! I have more shutters . . . hmmmm Wonder what I should do with them?
I think I missed how you used the plaster of Paris? I'm planning to get some shutters from the Restore (Habitat for humanity store) here in Omaha & using it to make a American flag. Would you use the chalk paint and prime it? I'm hoping to get a wooden shutter that's not been stained or painted - I'm concerned about how to prepare it since I've never done anything like this.
Thanks for an awesome tutorial - I'll be following you for sure and sharing your blog w my dad/mom -theyll love it too!
The plaster of paris added to any paint makes it have a flat sheen allowing it to stick to nearly every surface.
I'm happy you found this tutorial.
I could just so see that on my front porch in the Fall. Love, Love, Love it!
Thank you Missy! I hope you get a chance to make your own project.
Debbie @ Refresh Restyle
Love this Gail!! I really must try your contact paper silhouette trick 🙂 Brilliant idea!
Angie Chavez at Knick of Time
Both projects turned out so cute, Gail - pinned them!
Thank you Angie, and I appreciate you pinning!
Linda at Mixed Kreations
I love this idea! I have one small louvered door left that I could turn into a produce holder. Like that idea better then the bowl that I use now. All I need to do now is get some wire baskets and learn how to use a spray painter. It's a pain painting it by hand like I did on my louvered door wall art project. Thanks for sharing!
i would probably keep it by the front door area to put gloves, scarves, hats for winter months; bug spray, sunscreen, beach towels, small toys for dog (kids) in summer months.
Great idea! Did you see it in the booth? If not, it was probably already sold when you stopped by. The small one sold pretty early too.
i did see it, it is a beautiful item!
I would opt for the larger but use it in the bathroom to store towels, wash cloths, extra rolls of TP etc.
Oh my gosh, Jackie! Thanks for stopping by! It's been a long time, I hope all is well with you!
Using it in the bathroom would be a great use for a wire basket organizer like this. I have another shutter left, maybe I'll make it for the bathroom!