Gotta love ’em… it seems like window shutters kinda started the DIY project generation, didn’t they? I remember that being one of the first DIY projects I was drawn to… three old window shutters made into a cool room divider, with nothing but hinges! Repurposing DIY window shutters is easy, affordable, and old shutters are not hard to find. You can look for authentic vintage shutters, or you can purchase new shutters and either paint them with spray paint, or treat them to a cool vintage paint technique. No matter where you find ’em or how you make them cool, use them to add charm and whimsy to your home with these great window shutter ideas and projects!



Our first project below, is a DIY window shutter headboard by ‘Blessings Abounding’. Step by step photos, they did this project while the kids were in bed! The crackle glaze they use really makes this project work…



‘Thistlewood Farms’ used their shutters for an amazing window shutter project… This shutter wall was a long time coming, and a long time collecting…but what a great outcome!



Easiest DIY window shutter idea of all… from ‘Midwest Living‘, lean old shutters against the porch wall for nostalgic charm. No need to keep this idea outside though… try using this in an entry, or even in a bath!


Build a shutter console, made by Layla from ‘The Lettered Cottage’ for HGTV. Easy tutorial, photos and supply list.



Becky at ‘Beyond the Picket Fence’ made this shutter kitchen island project, and it’s really easy. I’ve been looking for a creative kitchen island project, and this might be it! Love this window shutter idea!



Organize your entryway with this shutter bulletin board by Martha. Follow this tutorial and get all those details in place, with style.



Buckets of Burlap‘ has this simple DIY window shutter idea… Using a repurposed shutter as a table runner… Pretty!



From ‘Good Housekeeping’, build this shutter side table in less than one hour!



No need for a tutorial for this one, it’s so simple. From ‘Twin Elm Farm‘, lean repurposed shutters against the wall and use to hang kitchen towels. Genius, and so full of charm! Bathroom towel towel rack too?



This repurposed shutter idea creates a cool way to display photos… Such a great way to show off B&W pics! They look vintage instantly! Thanks to West Furniture Revival!

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‘My Repurposed Life’ made this tutorial for this shutter magazine rack. Cool!



Last, from Pinterest, these shutters were crafted into a wonderful entryway organizer, complete with coat hooks! So search out this thrift stores and yard sales!



It’s pretty amazing how many DIY window shutter ideas there are, so keep your eye out so you can do your own repurposed shutter projects! You might also be interested in Amazing Repurposed Dresser Ideas. And be sure and check out our posts DIY Roman Shades or DIY Dresser Makeovers over at OhMeOhMy! Also, on our other sister site TGG, check out how to turn a bowling ball into a Garden Gazing Ball!

Image Credits: Midwest Living, Blessings Abounding, Thistlewood Farms, HGTV, Beyond the Picket Fence, Martha, Buckets of Burlap, Good Housekeeping, Twin Elm Farm, West Furniture Revival, My Repurposed Life, Pinterest

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  1. america November 11, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I love the last idea

  2. hmmm January 14, 2015 at 9:45 am

    shouldn’t there be light switch covers on those light switches?

  3. Karen June 13, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Can these be done with plastic shutters as well as wood? I have 4 plastic ones in my garage that keep staring me down!

    1. Kathy Woodard July 9, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      I would say whichever project you were thinking of, that the only thing that might make a difference is strength… So make sure your plastic shutters are strong enough first!

  4. Jamesie Sambajon July 30, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Love the idea of using shutters. We took the shutter doors off from our closet doors it was giving us more problems. So I wanted to use them as shelves but my husband wanted it to be sold at a garage sale. So now I want to get going on that before it’s taken away. Thank you for all those ideas.

  5. Lori September 28, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Love the rustic look of old shutters. This post is inspiring! It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I think I like the little kitchen island the best.


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