Garage Sale Shutters Turned Headboard!

3 Materials
$10.00
5 Days
Easy

I found the PERFECT shutters to create a DIY headboard and side table sconce holders. I had this idea in my head and was drawn right to this sale where I picked up all six shutters for $5!
This was my project for the May Fab Furniture Flippin Contest. Our sponsor this month was Country Chic Paint and the theme was Bling Bling. We were given one color of the paint and one color of the metallic cream. I chose Icicle and Trigger, a pewter metallic cream. They really were great paints.
They were a little worse for wear when I got them. But this is how they looked before.
It took a lot of scraping and sanding and they still weren't perfect. A little bit of rustic charm is how I look at the imperfections on used items.
I primed them all with white paint/primer spray. Then used a latex white for the main four shutters and Country Chic Paint in Icicle for the two sconce holders.
I used the same colors for my bedside tables. Then I distressed with the Trigger Metallic Cream.
Chloe always likes to help. I made the sconces and used my paint sprayer to paint on the pewter color. It worked beautifully!
Here is the final product all up and installed! What do you think?
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I am loving the whole thing and am so happy with the results!

Suggested materials:

  • Wood Shutters  (garage sale)
  • Paint  (Country Chic Paint)
  • Paint Sprayer  (Used, but is from HomeRight)

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4 questions
  • PatQ
    on May 24, 2016

    How are the shutters connected to the wall, or are they?

    • Michelle James
      on May 24, 2016

      Hi Pat. If you click on the blog link I have some photos of the back of the shutters and what my husband did to hang them. He used a bracket on the wall and some boards on the back so they are attached to the wall.

    • Don3883075
      on May 25, 2016

      I made the same head board for my full size bed & a foot board along with side boards. It really came out nice. I screwed all off the pieces together.

    • Maria
      on May 29, 2016

      What is the whitd and the hight off the headbord. I hv been thinking about Thise idea but i dont kw the dementions for a queen size headbord and How many shuttets i will need

    • Sharon Renfroe Bruce
      on Aug 10, 2016

      Another idea (not mine, my daughter did this) but if you turn it upside down, you can slip pictures or cards into the slots. She ran a piece of tape along the back so they wouldn't fall through. It would be a cute idea, especially on those night stands!

  • Trish
    on Jun 11, 2019

    How did you attached the shutters to the wall? Thanks. Great idea.

    • Michelle James
      on Jun 12, 2019

      In the blog post you can see photos of the back of the shutters before we hung them. My husband added a piece of wood on the back towared the top of the shutter and an "L" bracket on the wall. He also added a piece of wood to the back toward the bottom of the shutter and this rested on the floor molding and he added a screw thru the "L" bracket into the wood piece at the top. I hope this makes sense.

  • Deborah S
    on Jul 7, 2019

    How did you connect them together?

    • Michelle James
      on Jul 7, 2019

      We used one long piece of wood on the back and attached them to it. I hope this answers your question.

  • Diane
    on Sep 22, 2019

    Do these still free form in back of bed or are they attached and how???

    • Michelle James
      on Sep 30, 2019

      Hi Diane. In the blog post you can see photos of the back of the shutters before we hung them. My husband added a piece of wood on the back towared the top of the shutter and an "L" bracket on the wall. He also added a piece of wood to the back toward the bottom of the shutter and this rested on the floor molding and he added a screw thru the "L" bracket into the wood piece at the top. I hope this makes sense.

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  • Robin Wilson-Offerdahl
    on Jul 19, 2018

    So cute!!! I'm going to attempt this! Thanks for the inspiration 🙌

  • Cris
    on Nov 30, 2019

    My brother have me a king sized numbers bed which I really like but looking for a headboad has been a chore. So now that you have given us a great idea for the ideal headband, I'm going for it!!!

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