Colour Pop Shutter: An Easy DIY Paint Project

As a spill-over from our upcycling projects last month, I thought it would be a good idea to share this super easy DIY paint project creating a colourful storage shutter with you.

I am forever looking for my favorite paint brush and twine in the workshop so have painted a small shutter that used to be a cupboard door in bright red Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint ™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

Now I have all my bits and bobs together in one place. Here’s how I did it.

You will need

Chalk Paint ™ dccorative paint in Emperor’s Silk | Annie Sloan Soft Wax – clear | clean dry cloth | Annie Sloan Round bristle brush, no 8 | reclaimed shutter or cupboard door with louvers | portrait hooks

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Step 1

Clean up the dusty shutter and take off all the unwanted hardware like door handles. I’ve kept the hinges as they become hooks for keys. Now paint your shutter with Emperor’s Silk and get into all the nooks and crannies with your round bristle brush. Use a smaller artist brush to work around the hinges. I have not diluted the paint so only had to apply one coat (simply because I’m a bit impatient). Let the paint dry.


Step 2

Use your cloth to wax the shutter. Some good advise I got from the paint technique guru Lisa Spaarwater (Lemon and Lilac) is to use it like you would an expensive moisturizer: a little bit goes a long way. Use a little elbow grease and buff it up to a have a subtle sheen which intensifies the colour.


Step 3

After the wax has cured you are ready to add the finishing touches. I’ve used portrait hooks and simply slipped them in between the louvers to hang my twine and brush from. For inspirational pictures or the Annie Sloan colour pallet I have used dolly pegs. If you love dolly pegs as much as we do, have a look at Germarie’s post a while back called 7 Ways with Darling Dolly Pegs for some other great ideas on how to use them.


Done and dusted

I simply love the pop of color in my dusty workshop and especially the way it contrasts against the grey bricks. I now have my goodies all in one place and feel super organised.


I had lots of fun doing this easy DIY and hope it inspires you to do the same.

Happy styling,


Comments · 1

  1. Dankie julle twee,
    Die wonder van spesiale idees wat jul op Homeology plaas is:

    Natuurlik het ons nie die meubelstukke, die spesiale skildery of fotos nie, maar dit gee vir ons ‘n idee wat om te maak met daardie spesiale item, wat in onbruik verval het, en met die verf tegnieke aangepas kan word, om net so ‘n pronkstuk soos die van jul , te kan word.

    so dankie,,, ek het al klaar weer ‘n nuwe idee, sal die “verstote” stuk van die solder gaan afhaal en dit bykom, met sy nuwe verf kleur baadjie !.

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