DIY Faux Window Shutters From A Repurposed Door

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Don’t you just love vintage window shutters? Especially the raised panel ones! They are so popular for using as home decor these days! Unfortunately, I don’t see these much in my neck of the woods.
What I don’t love is their price tag! I’m not saying that authentic vintage shutters aren’t worth the prices they go for these days. But if I can make a reasonable facsilile and save a few bucks in the process? As a DIY blogger that’s the way I’m going to go!
Here’s the door I repurposed. My hubs bought it when he was building our house, and long story short, he ended up not needing it.
My hubs was more than happy to help me cut up the door because it would no longer be in his way in the shop. I had him cut the door in half vertically to drop the bottom two panels, then horizontally to split the remaining four panels into “shutters.” He also cut the outside edges to make the edges an even length from the panels on all sides.
I really like the Valspar furniture paint! It goes on smoothly and covers well- I only had to do one coat. If the door was a dark color I might have had to do another coat, but it does really cover well. I then distressed the doors and applied the Valspar antiquing glaze. I worked in sections, painting on the glaze and then wiping off the excess with a damp cloth. The glaze like the paint went on very smoothly and was very easy to work with.
I put some mid-century hardware on the shutters to jazz them up a bit. I even got one of the hinges over what was left of the doorknob hole. Totally covers it up, right?
I think they turned out pretty good! The only thing is that they are heavy as all heck. If I were ever to do this again, I’d find a lighter door!

I made these with using them as home decor in mind, but of course they can be used for other things. I plan on putting them on top of a table leaning against a wall like in the picture above, and then hang wreaths and whatnot from them. They could also be hung on a wall as wall decor. If you want to use them for a more practical purpose, they could be used for cabinet or hutch doors, or even window shutters.

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  • Bsh363068 Bsh363068 on Nov 13, 2016
    How did you fix the hole in the door from where the door knob was? I want to try this but don't know what to do about that. Thanks

  • Mary Mary on Sep 22, 2018

    Whatare the edges of the door of? Did you have to put in pieces of wood inside the edges?

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  • Sheri Horbachewski Sheri Horbachewski on Sep 22, 2018

    Wow nice idea and they turned out beautiful! So nice to see a project using "real" paint not chalk paint lol Can you tell I am over the whole "chalk paint for everything movement"

  • Mary Coakley Mary Coakley on Sep 25, 2018

    Very lovely great work