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Upcycled Shutter, Bar Cart / Serving Cart

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Several months ago, a friend of mine alerted me about a salvage yard giving away a bunch of their old shutters.

There were a bunch of odd sizes that wouldn't necessarily be good for restoring a house but they were awesome for diy projects.
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From that pile, this is my latest creation...a bar cart/serving cart/utility cart...whatever you want to call it, using just one shutter and galvanized steel bins from the thrift store.
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This is a pile of most of my supplies…a vintage shutter, steel bins from the thrift store, a 1×2 and lots of pallet wood.

I did use a few more items like scrap wood and casters but this will get you started.
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Before cutting my shutter in half I had to first see if the two bins would fit on just half a shutter. They did.
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A lot of times you can’t just cut a shutter in half and have equal sides.  The shutter half on the right has a few more slats and a larger bottom edge.

By removing a couple of the slats on the top part of the right shutter, I now have an equal number of slats.  I then filled in that space with a portion of the shutter that I had cut off the bottom edge.    The picture shows the cut off shutter piece in place…it just needs to be trimmed, nailed and glued into place.
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I still had to make sure that my containers still fit and figure out where to place my shelves.

Cut 4, 1×2’s just a little bit shorter than the width of the shutters.

Nail and glue  1×2’s onto the edge part of the shutters.  By placing the shutters side by side, I know I’ll have two sides that match.
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Cut 4 cross supports 15″ each. Three are cut from a 2×2 deck spindle for the front and bottom back and 1 more was cut from a 2×4 (pallet wood side piece)  for the top back.

My bins measured 12″ across at their widest, so the cross supports  were 15″ to give room for trim and a little extra wiggle room for the bin.

Use a Kreg jig to secure the cross supports to the shutter sides. If you do not have a Kreg jig, I would suggest using long screws from the outside of the shutter and then patching the holes.
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If you have any, use scrap wood to  trim out the front of your cart.
  • upcycled shutter bar cart serving cart, curb appeal, outdoor living
I used black chalk paint  for the trim but left the shutter alone.
  • upcycled shutter bar cart serving cart, curb appeal, outdoor living
Cut pallet boards to fit onto the shelf supports and for the top. Sand well and nail into place.

I used old wainscoting to cover the back but you could leave it open or use additional pallet wood or plywood.
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For lots more pictures and finishing techniques make sure you visit me at the link below.

I have one more bar cart made from scrap wood and a flea market find if you like to have options. You can find that one here. 

To see more: http://scavengerchic.com/2017/02/16/upcycled-shutter-serving-cart/

Got a question about this project?

  • Frommette
    Frommette Valley Stream, NY

    Clever

  • Carol Tackett Bennett

    Great idea! I think it'd be nice to make a container to slide your kitchen garbage can into!

  • Deb Martin Knaff
    Deb Martin Knaff Kalispell, MT

    This is just ingenious!!!! It so speaks to me!!! Thank you for sharing it with all of us!

  • Sandra Kauwling
    Sandra Kauwling Laguna Woods, CA

    What kind of thrift store has galvanized bins?

    • ScavengerChic
      ScavengerChic Woodstock, MD

      You never know what you're gonna find. These were at the Goodwill

  • Danaowensfl

    Hope you checked to see if these had lead based paint on them....

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