My Love Affair With Shutters.

I guest posted on the blog for a local consignment store (Abode) a while back and thought I’d share the post here, too.

The header on my blog says “sometimes it’s amazing and sometimes it’s just crap”. I’m mentioning that because my project went through several stages of CRAP and it’s not at all what I had in mind. And I ripped off the awesome wallpaper in a fit of insanity. Don’t you worry…I’ve got other plans for that wallpaper.

So, if you’re a regular Abode shopper, I’m sure you already know this. If you’re not, pay close attention. There’s a room way back in the back full of all kinds of random junk. Go to that room and start digging. And don’t wear tippy heels.

What are you looking for?


I love shutters!!!

I used to have an awkward hole above my fireplace where random neighbor children would play. (OK, so the one on the left is mine.)


I suppose I could have put a TV up there, but then I would have had to listen to it. So, what’s a girl to do?


Shutter up, that’s what.

These particular shutters started out like this:


I removed the hardware and spray painted them Key Lime. Then I roughed them up and used a glaze to tone down the crazy.

They provide a great backdrop for my obsessive mantel decorating tendencies. See?


Valentine’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day


So, what if you don’t find a whole set of shutters the perfect height and just find one or two instead?

I picked up these old drapery hooks at Abode:


They sat perfectly on top of the slats of my shutter.

You could use them for keys:


or to hang some little buckets on:


I think this would be fabulous in an office holding supplies or in a kitchen with potted herbs. What about one big bucket in the center with some sort of flowers? Cute, right?

So, go to the back room at Abode (1720 S 900 E in Sugar House, 11-2 Tuesday-Friday & 11-6 Saturday ).

Find some shutters.

Don’t be afraid to paint them.

Hang stuff on them.

Live happily ever after.

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  1. I think everything I go to ReStore I pick up shutters. HandsomeMan is starting to see a trend in the house. Esp the bathrooms.

  2. Hmmm, that sounds easy enough. Unless of course you live in TEXAS.

    So are you really coming to Austin or were you just teasing?

  3. The drapery hook idea is BRILLIANT!!

  4. I love shutters too. You have some great ideas and I’ll be trying something on an empty wall in my entry soon! Just opened a Restore in my town and I can’t wait to visit it!

  5. Very creative!

  6. Love this idea, love your blog. I have been following you for a while & love all the stuff you do! thanks for sharing your creativity!

  7. Is it OK if I have a love affair with your shutters too!? :)

  8. shelley says:

    I have just picked up a bunch of those buckets at the dollar spot at target. I am using them to put all my scrap fabric in so I can turn all those scraps into a quilt! I have been wondering how to hang those buckets and now know what to do! Thanks so much!

  9. I love this!!! I also have an awkward fireplace hole and haven’t known what to do. Thank you!!!

  10. Simply wonderful.

  11. I love this! I am going to use the hook idea to organize all my jewelry!!

  12. I’m so glad I saw this! I just painted a filing cabinet Key Lime and I seriously need to “tone down the crazy”. Can you give me more info about the glaze you used?

  13. Hello, this weekend is good for me, as this time i am reading this wonderful educational piece of writing here at my residence.


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