Saturday, May 24, 2014

Upcycling used shutters to hang / display pictures


Here again you can see my love of using old shutters for upcycling projects. :) My three year old loves pictures and wanted some hung in her room. I remembered seeing ideas like this on Pinterest and picked up these shutters at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. The hardware on the top I also found at the Re-Store and I think were old cabinet hardware. The paint I found on the clearance section at Wal-mart and are the colors of my daughter's curtains. I also used the same paint to paint an old dresser I put in her room. I used binder clips to clip the pictures. I wanted to use clothespins and even bought the mini ones to use with this but this was a small shutter, probably for a cabinet or something and the slats were too close together to fit the clothespins. I also used contact paper to "laminate" the pictures so if my daughter pulled them down she would not ruin the pictures. We can change out the pictures as she gets older and want more recent ones up and I can see this being something she keeps in her room for years. This measures 25 inches high and 10 inches wide.

I did not strip the paint because I learned from a previous project what a huge pain that is, especially with these close together slats. I just did kind of a cursory sanding of it, painted it, and spray lacquered it. This is a rather small one and so I just used some picture hanging hooks on the back of it.
A before picture

Before picture of the hardware



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