Are you a fan of the television show, Fixer Upper? Over the past couple of years, Chip and Joanna Gaines’ HGTV’s show Fixer Upper has become a favorite of mine. Throughout the past three seasons, I have chuckled at Chip’s silliness and appreciated their focus on family. I have enjoyed Joanna’s genuine personality and have been amazed by her ability to mix styles and periods to create gorgeous, yet functional spaces.
Many of Joanna’s projects include unique, vintage-inspired pieces. I love how she uses eclectic pieces in such a tasteful and interesting way. She has given everyday folks the inspiration to go ahead and break the rules, try new things, and decorate with what you love.
So, with that inspiration, here I go! I am breaking the rules, with shutters.
Yes, shutters. Shutters as wall art in the dining room.
I found these exterior wood shutters for sale on an on-line tag sale site for $15. Other than needing a good cleaning, they were in pretty good shape.
After cleaning, I first filled in the screw holes with wood filler. I allowed it to dry for 24 hours and then sanded those areas.
I didn’t want these shutters to look perfect. I wanted them to look rustic and aged…like they have a story to tell.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White was my choice.
Ohh…I love this creamy, neutral color.
Since I chose to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, there was no need to prime. They did require a couple of coats of paint since I needed to cover this bright turquoise blue, allowing 24 to dry between each coat. I also gave them a good sanding between coats.
Before any distressing began, both shutters received a coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax. This wax goes on like shortening. A little goes a long way. Just buff it with a clean cotton cloth…this is where my husband’s old t-shirts come in handy. 🙂
I wanted to achieve a chippy, distressed look, but did not want to sand to expose the blue. To achieve the look I wanted, I used a small amount of Annie Sloan Dark Wax, applied with a small foam brush.
Using one of those old cotton t-shirts, I wiped away the excess.
Mounting hooks were attached to the back and they were ready to be hung!
Finally, I added a Boxwood wreath from Target for some color and texture.
Thanks Joanna for your inspiration!
I love the character, texture, and charm that they bring to my dining room.
Have you been inspired by Joanna and Chip Gaines? Do you enjoy the television show Fixer Upper? I would love to hear your thoughts!