Outdoor Repurposed Shutter Screen

3 Materials
$5
Easy

I was looking for a way to hide the ugly but necessary utility boxes and wires on the back of the house I wanted something that looked like it belonged not something that shouted "what are you trying to hide" I have a bit of an obsession with shutters so that's what I decided to use for the screen ~
outdoor repurpose shutter screen, gardening, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
Habitat ReStore's are a great place to get vinyl shutters cheap I got these for a buck a piece - total cost of my project was only $5!
outdoor repurpose shutter screen, gardening, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
The screen was simple to assemble since the shutters have predrilled screw holes (I love a simple project!) I just used garden twine to tie them together ~ easy to assemble & disassemble for winter storage
outdoor repurpose shutter screen, gardening, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
outdoor repurpose shutter screen, gardening, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
I put patio blocks down and leveled them the best I could to make a base for my screen to sit on ~ I thought I might need to put some posts in to attach the screen to but this is a pretty sheltered location so I've had no issues with wind tipping it over ~ easy up, easy down
outdoor repurpose shutter screen, gardening, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
I think the screen makes a great backdrop for this little area ~ it changes from year to year sometimes even season to season depending on my mood, it's more attractive then what's hiding behind it and because our meter is read remotely the screen doesn't get in the way of a meter reader ~ :o)
outdoor repurpose shutter screen, gardening, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
outdoor repurpose shutter screen, gardening, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
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  • Candice
    on Jun 13, 2018

    What if it’s in the front of the house? What can we do?


    • Mary
      on Nov 6, 2018

      I love grasses - maybe you could plant some tall grasses in front of your meter.

  • San9359010
    on Jun 24, 2018

    Love it but does the meter reader fuss about getting to it.

    • Sandra Allen
      on Nov 2, 2018

      I believe they are setting there, not attached to anything. I love this idea!!

  • Judith
    on Feb 4, 2019

    I have an outdoor central air unit, I think your shutter idea would be wonderful for. Thank you for sharing it !

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  • Debra Meade
    on Nov 10, 2018

    I love this idea to put around the air conditioner outback. Definitely gonna try this awesome idea. Thanks for sharing.

    • Heather Ruiz
      on Nov 24, 2018

      I made the mistake of building a small fence around my outdoor unit not leaving enough space for ventilation. Very costly mistake for me. 6000$ in the middle of Florida summer.just a friendly suggestion to really give it enough circulation!

  • Dani johnson
    on Dec 8, 2018

    I'm inspired and just a note, many electric companies have gone to digital meter reading. My rural electric company no longer comes out but rather reads from their office!

    AND another perk, it keeps my sometimes destructive dog from chewing... might save his life too!

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