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
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.
I pre-drilled holes in the shutters . . .
. . . so I could attach these l shaped hooks. You can find shoulder hooks like these on Amazon.
Add shoulder hooks
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.
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
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.