How to transform an old pair of exterior shutters into rustic farmhouse wall art with chalk paint.
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
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Do you love farmhouse style decorating? Me too!
This DIY is all about creating a focal point of aged warmth and texture.
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This project is one I had done a couple of years ago. These shutters have provided a focal point of aged warmth and texture in my dining room.
These wood exterior shutters caught my eye when I saw them advertised on my local Facebook marketplace for $15. As soon as I saw the picture, the wheels in my head began to turn. What could I do with those? I had an idea and, of course, it involved chalk paint.
I love to repurpose items and give them a new life. Using pieces in a different way can bring unexpected personality to your decor. Thrifted finds are perfect for the farmhouse style because their rustic imperfections only makes them look even better. Chalk paint is such an easy way to refinish a piece, create a chippy look, and make it even more farmhouse style.
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- Simple Green Disinfecting Cleaner
- wood filler
- fine grit sanding block
- lint-free cloth
- Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Old White
- Annie Sloan Dark Wax
- wax brush
- heavy duty hanging hooks
The first thing I did was give these a good cleaning and disinfecting before bringing them into our home.
One of my favorite things about chalk paint is that it is pretty easy to prepare a piece. There is no need to prime. I did fill in the holes that were used to hang these with wood filler, and then I gave them a good sanding. I brushed on two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White, giving each coat a quick sanding after its dry. This paint dries very quickly.
Once the second coat of paint was dry, I added warmth and depth using Annie Sloan’s dark wax. I worked in sections, applying the wax with a wax brush. Then I wiped the wax away with a lint-free cloth until it was dry to the touch.
My husband, Andy, and I added some heavy duty hanging hooks to the back and hung them in our dining room. I love the texture and character that these shutters add to this room. Every time I walk in here, these bring a smile to my face.
This DIY farmhouse shutter wall art is the perfect backdrop to vignettes for all seasons!
Spring brought soft pastels and this free printable.
Here the shutters provided a beautiful backdrop in the summer for this DIY Sign that Almost Wasn’t.
So the old saying is true…one man’s trash really is another’s treasure!
And now for more thrifty goodness!