Here's what they looked like when I picked 'em up for $10 from Craigslist:
Besides being filthy, there were big chunks of wood missing. So, off to the hardware store for wood putty and hinges. After applying the wood putty I ran over the surface of the shutters with a few different grits of sandpaper and had something that looked likes this:
|Destiny has to be the center of attention ALL the time|
Well, ALMOST viola! I then decided that I wanted to be able to write right on the display so I added some chalkboard paint across the top of each shutter.
And ladies....I did it all by myself - ez peazy! Want to learn from my mistakes? OK! I was so careful to make sure that the slats of my shutters were all facing upward (so that my product would hang from them) that I didn't realize that one of my shutters was backwards. So, while the slats were facing the right way it was still upside down and you can tell if you compare the trim along the top; one side is thicker than the other. But really, who's going to notice? If they do, I'll just tell them it was artistic liberty!
What else would I change? Definitely by the time I hit the Apple Harvest Festival in Westminster, SC next weekend, I'm going to cover the entire trim with chalkboard paint. There's just something about chalk!
Give it a try and then post a link to a picture of yours below! Good luck and happy upcycling!