I'm Julie from follow your heart woodworking and I am so pleased to be able to Guest Post at Gail's great blog My Repurposed Life. Gail is the queen of repurposing and she was the very first follower I had when I began blogging. I consider her to be a friend, even though we haven't (yet) met in person, so I am honored to be able to guest post here at her blog.
Because I am a cabinetmaker I make all sorts of things from wood. Often I use pine or pallet wood and sometimes I repurpose found items. This project is a shutter which is turned into a backing for three small shelves.
I began with a shutter that I bought at a local re-use store. I'm using a 12" x 30" fixed shutter. By fixed I mean there is no mechanism to open and close the slats.
This is how it looked before and then after I put a quick sloppy coat of white paint over the whole thing. I purposely allowed some of the stained wood to show through in parts. But first, I filled the old hinge and handle holes with spackle.
I decided on three shelves which I made out of ¾" thick pine, because that was what I had in stock. So, I cut them to 11 ½" long and 4"wide. Of course you could do anything you wish to fit your own shutter size.
How to Add Shelves
First, I put the grooves in the shelf so that they would match up with the middle of each side of the shutter.
Fitting the Brackets
The back of each bracket then fits in the slot on the shutter and the top of each bracket fits in the groove in the bottom of the shelf. They are glued in place. There is no need for nails or screws since they are fitted into each other.
Shutter Shelf Brackets Installed
How to Paint Shutter Shelf
On the back I screwed in two triangle shaped hangers and on the front at the bottom I put two hooks.
More Projects From Follow Your Heart Woodworking
Please visit my blog follow your heart woodworking where you can see a cupboard with a shutter for a door, how to design and make a buffet hutch, how to make a barn board cupboard and many more projects.
Thank you Julie for sharing this project with my friends! I have made a couple of these, and I think it’s time to make some more…I have the perfect chippy shutters (bifold door halves) in my stash! Of course mine won’t be with a dado. You’re so good at REAL woodworking!
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.