Shutters or louvers present great alternative uses. I have found a few clever ideas to inspire those creative juices and start your own project.
Secure a louver door to the wall horizontally to make a clothing rail. Use similar hangers (your prettiest ones!) and display some vintage cocktail dresses or a selected few out of your own closet. Alternatively this would work great in a spare bedroom as an occasional rail for guests.
Suspend a shutter in a kitchen to create more shelf space.
Use a grouping of shutters as a headboard by either painting them in the same colour, like the lovely turquoise left, or in different shades like the picture right. Combined with lettering they make a lovely statement.
Pretty handy displays
Louvers make the perfect slots to slip in photographs, invitations or heaven forbid … bills! Either just slide them in or peg them up to create a lovely display. Attach some hooks at the bottom to keep keys tidy.
I simply love this yellow and white distressed shutter used as art display.
Long distance runner
Use a shutter as a runner on a coffee or dining room table to group your center piece.
Wall cladding and doors
If you are so lucky to have or find shutters like these French distressed ones, use them as wall cladding! It’s the perfect way to add old-world charm to a room.
Add shutter doors to an old bookcase to turn it into a lovely linen closet.
Divide and conquer
Use shutters outdoors as screens, softened with a climber plant or to break a bland wall.
Remember to varnish the wood so it doesn’t get completely destroyed by the elements.
As luck would have it I found a few forgotten shutters in our farm shed! After writing this post I felt so inspired that I did a lovely patio wall makeover using three of them. Watch the blog for the big reveal!