I love a great repurposed shutter project, and I also love succulents. There was a definite need to start using up some stuff in the woodshed. I had four old shutters I got from a friend, so this repurposed shutter vertical garden seemed like a no-brainer.
How to make a repurposed shutter vertical garden
Two of the old shutters are in pretty good shape, but one in particular was showing some rot and damage. I chose that one for this project because it will be outdoors and as it ages and matures it will only get better! Would you have found them without the arrow?
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Using DIY Chalky Paint as a Primer
My favorite paint technique is using diy chalky paint primer. When you have a bright color like this, using the same color as the primer is a quick way to get your project finished and looking great! I used Plaster of Paris to make the bright turquoise paint have a more flat sheen that adheres better to glossy paint. I mix a small amount of the POP with a little water in the red solo cup, pour in the paint and stir. That mixtures gets strained with a mesh paint strainer to remove any unwanted residue such as lumps and gooey stuff as I pour it into the Finish Max.
Paint Repurposed Shutter with Paint Sprayer
Painting shutters by hand can be a pain in the rear! You know drip, drip—run, run. The Homeright Super Finish Max Extra is perfect for painting louvers on shutters or doors. I leaned the shutter against my easy diy sawhorse. I use these guys all the time! Bonus: They stack on top of one another.
I love the bright and cheery color! I used two light coats of the paint with the plaster of paris, and two more light coats without the plaster of paris.
Hang Repurposed Shutter
I hung the repurposed shutter vertical garden plant holder on my fence. You could display in a leaning fashion on your porch or patio if you don’t want to hang it. I couldn’t decide whether to leave it this bright cheery color or to glaze the shutter like I did the Pallet Table.
Add small galvanized buckets of succulents
Dollar Store galvanized buckets make great pots for plants and succulents. I removed the burlap label, drilled a small hole and sanded the rough edges. TIP: drill the hole on scrap paper so that metal shards can be disposed of safely. I found a lot of small galvanized buckets on Amazon.
These hens and chicks are descendants from my Nana’s garden. I got these last year from my sister and they LOVED where they were planted before. Small “s” hooks hold the galvanized buckets in place.
I love the bright turquoise vertical plant holder made from a shutter! It really was the perfect option for this less than perfect shutter. I’d love for you to pin it!
Country Sampler Gardens special issue 4.30.19
This project was featured again! This time in Flea Market Home & Living !!
What would you put in the galvanized pots?
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.