Garage Sale Shutters Turned Headboard!

Michelle James
by Michelle James
3 Materials
5 Days
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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  • Diane Diane on Sep 22, 2019

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

  • Amyguidroz1629 Amyguidroz1629 on Apr 02, 2021

    Are there drawers and it is absolutely cute as a bug

  • Wendy Wendy on Sep 25, 2022

    How big was the bed???

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  • Robin Wilson-Offerdahl Robin Wilson-Offerdahl on Jul 19, 2018

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

  • Cris 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!!!

    • Michelle James Michelle James on Nov 30, 2019

      I am so glad this gave you some inspiration. That makes me happy!