Antique Shutters = Bedside Tables

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I found these awesome shutters at our local antique store and knew I could use them in my bedroom remodel.
They had the original hardware and most of the slats were still intact. I wanted new bedside tables to replace the outdated tables we had. These shutters were going to be perfect.
Begin by cleaning the grime off the shutters using a brush with gentle cleanser and water. Allowed them dry completely before sealing with clear wax.

Measure the width of the shutter.
Measure and cut 1” x 2” for the frame of the table.
You will need two pieces of the same size for the front and back; and three pieces of the same size for each side and the middle.
Screw the table frame together.
I used a Kreg Jig to screw my frame together. By using this tool, the joints are a lot stronger.
After putting your table frame together, lay the frame on top of a piece of 1/8” plywood.
Cut out two pieces - one for the top of the table and one for the bottom.
Measure the length of the shutter and cut four 1” x 2” boards to size.
Paint one end the color of the wall where the shutters will hang.
With the back of the shutter facing up, nail the long pieces to either edge of the shutter with the painted side out.
Place the shutter beside your bed to determine the height of your table.
Screw the table frame to the front of the shutter.

Nail the plywood to the top and bottom of the shelf frame.
Stain the entire table then apply clear wax.
Attach a gooseneck reading light to the front of the shutter.
Attach the shutter to the wall using screws with wall anchors.
Cover the screw holes using wooden buttons applied with glue.
Stain the wooden buttons.
Grab a good book and enjoy your new tables.

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  • Clair A. Gervais
    Clair A. Gervais
    on Dec 9, 2017

    How is the shelf supported? Just the back edge of the shelf screwed in? Doesn't look like it would be very strong without angled supports. ???
    • Pamela Allen
      Pamela Allen
      on Jun 27, 2018

      If you need it stronger put some corbels or decorative shelf supports under the shelf.

  • Mamma
    on Feb 4, 2020

    When it gets screwed into the wall, do you keep a gap between shutter and wall? Only, because it sticks out further at the base than the top. Is it on a slight angle? Worried about placing a drink on an angle.

  • Evelyn
    on Feb 5, 2020

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  • Constance
    on Feb 5, 2020


  • Brenda
    on Feb 11, 2020

    I used shutters for a headboard, 2 sizes, added ornamental iron work on the two outer pieces and put lamps on the ironwork. There is enough space in the middle to hang a mirror or large picture

    • Cheryl Memmel
      Cheryl Memmel
      on Feb 12, 2020

      I’d love to see the headboards, my bed doesn’t have one & im looking for some ideas

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