If you want to give your home a touch of shabby chic charm, there is no better way than decorating with old shutters. They look both rustic and fancy at the same time so they fit with a wide range of decorating styles. This list of 34 pretty old shutter decor ideas has all sorts of projects from fun furniture to unique wall art pieces to photo-worthy storage solutions.
34 Ways to Repurpose Old Shutters
Not only are there amazing old shutter decorations, but more practical projects, too! When decorating with old shutters, add some hooks, shelves, or a basket to transform a vintage window covering into a beautiful organizer. Want to give your bedroom a funky antique feel? Try one of the ideas for headboards or family photo displays. This list even contains old shutter decorations for your garden! From planters to pedestals, your outdoor space can benefit from decorating with old shutters as much as the interior of your home.
All of these decors are super easy to make but transform your home from boring to boho beautiful. Just head to your local flea market to grab your supplies and start creating.
1. Antique Shutter and Wreath Wall Decoration
Most people wouldn’t give these antique shutters a second glance. The DIYer has rescued them from the trash and turned them into something absolutely stunning. The old brown slats are flanked on either side by equally aged blue ones. It’s a perfect complement to the sleek sky-blue color of the table below. The wreath ties the whole piece together.
2. DIY Old Window Shutter Bench
The designer thought about decorating with an old shutter, considered the possibilities, and took it a step further. The design is a piece of furniture made from old slats! It’s stunning. The legs of the bench are painted opaque white, while the shade retains its older and flaking appearance. It’s a perfect marriage of old and new aesthetics.
3. Repurposed Sliding Doors
In a stroke of genius, the homeowner has turned their old shades into sliding doors. They’re affixed to a sliding bar above the closet. If you didn’t know they were shutters, they’d simply look like closet doors with the hinges removed. The rustic paint job adds a touch of weathering to an otherwise-immaculate room. It’s especially interesting combined with the marble countertop.
4. Vintage Window and Wall Art
The shutters have technically been used for their original purpose: framing a window. It’s just that the window is part of an indoor decorative art installation. The setup is so cozy, with a red wreath and red-painted shades underneath the rustic “Antiques” sign. The table beneath has modern-looking lamps and decor, mixing with the rustic aesthetic.
5. Vintage Shutters Photo Frame Display
The pretty blue shades have been moved together and turned upside down. They’re nailed to a slightly-sloping wall. The effect is that anything can be clipped to the slats. It’s a perfect and creative way to store framed photos, diplomas, and decorations with clips. The combination of seafoam blue with the ochre walls is also striking.
6. Chalkboard and Home Organizer Station
The DIYer had a similar idea to the previous one! Upside-down shades are a perfect place to clip and hang all of your important items. These repurposed shutters function as the command center for a home. At the top are a chalkboard and bulletin boards. Underneath, coat hooks and a basket offer storage spaces for important items. Two envelopes are designated for important papers.
7. Window Shutter and Mason Jar Herb Garden
The creamy wooden panel is being used for the growth of an herb garden. The jars of herbs have been attached to the slats with twine. It’s a perfect way to grow plants. You have vertical space to make sure that the jars each get the ideal amount of sunlight. And let’s face it: those jars of green are simply pretty.
8. Repurposed Living Room Table
Unlike the bench above, the shade has a smooth paint finish that matches the rest of the table. If you didn’t know it was a shutter, you’d probably never guess. It seems like a perfectly natural part of the table. The creamy paint looks glossy and smooth as silk. There may be storage space beneath the surface, too.
9. Vintage Shutter Hall Tree with Mirror
Another incorporation of panels into furniture, although the design is particularly unusual. Floor-length shutters serve as the backing to the vintage vanity-inspired table. There’s a round mirror mounted across the panels. The mossy green paint makes the piece feel modern, giving it a strange air of being both very young and very old.
10. Old Shutter and Wreath Decoration
Wreaths and shutters just seem to go together. The old shades bear flaking paint and water stains, but the discolorations just add to the vintage beauty. In front of them is a cheerful pink and green wreath. It’s a pretty addition to a room, especially with the stone wall behind it and wooden furniture beneath.
11. Window Shutter Toilet Paper Holder
Well, we all need to use the bathroom. Why not make the experience more aesthetically pleasing? That seems to be the mentality of the DIYer in this design, who has turned an antique shade into a holder for their toilet tissue. A basket mounted on the slats holds extra rolls and towels, while a bar attached to the bottom holds the current rolls.
12. Shabby Chic Window Headboard
The repurposed shutters turn shabbiness into a fashion statement. They have a multitude of different colors and show signs of weathering. In a way, the used look is breathtaking. The impact is increased by the choice in furniture and color palette. Dim grays and ocean hues adorn the bedspread. The bedside table matches the bedspread and floor, an off-gray and inconsistently painted color.
13. Easy DIY Shutter Shelf with Hooks
The slats are in perfect condition; it looks like it’s never withstood any weather damage. It’s clear that care was put into the painting and finishing of the piece. A shelf has been nailed to the shade, the slats used as clips. Underneath, another shelf holds a mug. The bottom of the shutter has a nailed-in coat hook.
14. DIY Window Shutter Jewelery Organizer
The visual appeal of the shutter is flipped on its head here, with a DIYer who has literally flipped the shade horizontally. A multitude of hooks has been installed in the frame, allowing bracelets and necklaces to be more easily organized. Aesthetically, the fading paint of the shade is an interesting choice. Black shows in streaks through the primer, giving an intentionally run-down appearance.
15. Upcycled Window Shutter Shelving Unit
The shutters have been converted into a shelving unit. A cover stretches across the top of them. Each shelf is balanced on a ledge, which is hooked over the ridges of the shade. Removable shelves are an ingenious idea; the slats mean that shelving heights can be constantly adjusted as needed. The decorations on the shelf look like what you’d expect to find in a log cabin.
16. DIY Outdoor Welcome Sign
A little hospitality never hurt anyone. Why not paint a welcome message across the slats? Yellow stenciled spray paint makes foggy impressions against a black background. This shutter is made especially warm by its surroundings. Hay bales, pumpkins, and scarecrows make us all want fall to come faster.
17. Charming and Decorative Plate Display
Plates are good for more than eating. Many people have their good china displayed in a hutch or cabinet. The DIY setup adds plates to the decorative appeal of the walls. These pretty and ridged white plates have been hung on the repurposed slats. The shutters flank either side of an ornate mirror, emulating a window.
18. DIY Vintage Shutter Pedestal
The vintage shutters look like they’ve seen their fair share of weather. The teal paint is so splotchy that the shades are more brown than green. They’ve been arranged into a cube with a shiny, opaquely finished green surface making the pedestal top. The glossy paint on top makes it clear that the shades haven’t been repainted for a reason: They have character.
19. Painted Old Shutter Décor
Warm messages aren’t exclusive to spray paint. The DIY design has taken advantage of the super-clippable slats, hanging wooden black letters to spell the word “love.” There are some knotholes and nicks, but that just adds to the happiness in the image. Love doesn’t have to be perfect to be warm.
20. Vintage Table Centerpiece
The table is comprised of antique wooden slats. The vintage wooden shutter perfectly complements the rustic aesthetic, as though the two were built together. As the centerpiece, the surface has a variety of objects balanced on it. A dinged-up sea-green pail with vibrant fresh-cut flowers, a candle, and a sugar bowl all adorn the surface.
21. Antique Shutter, Window and Wreath Decoration
An antique window has been mounted above this cozy couch, with the shades on either side completing the effect. The slats appear not to have undergone any touch-ups or purposeful weathering. A festive pink-flowered wreath hangs in the glass panes of the window. Underneath, a wooden plank labels the home as “The Cottage.” It’s a cozy, peaceful design.
22. Upcycled Semi-Circle Wall Art
Shutters don’t need to retain their rectangular shape. The home plays with geometric patterns by arranging four shades into a half-circle pattern, complete with wooden framing. Underneath the decoration is a beautiful shelf highlighting seashells. Sticking with the nautical theme, the slats feel like a piece that may have been unearthed from a shipwreck.
23. DIY Window Planter Box
Even small shutters have a purpose. The tiny slats probably flanked small kitchen or bathroom windows. They’ve been turned into a window planter box. With the slats closed, it’s easy to fill the box with earthy soil. The cheerful flowers are a pop of vibrant color against the faded wood of the shades.
24. Window Shutter Backdrop for Hanging Pictures
The shutters are pressed together, emulating a closed window. A framed picture hangs from the top of the frame, fastened with a bit of twine. Overall, the design evokes a sense of comfort and familiarity. The pots of plants brim with life, while old books and decorations adorn the furniture. The shades are a perfect finishing touch.
25. Painted Accent Wall
If you have a lot of shutters and a lot of ambition, this kind of project is an adventure in the making. A multitude of slats of different shapes and sizes have been nailed to the wall, covering it completely. They’re painted in a number of earthy tones. Imagine the measuring that went into such a perfect configuration!
26. DIY Headboard with Curtains
Another design that uses shutters as the headboard for a bed. The photograph has a distinctly different feel, though. A curtain rod has been installed above the slats, gauzy curtains fluttering to either side of the bed. The bedspread is full of soft waves, and the soothing lamplight turns the bedroom into a mermaid-like paradise.
27. Vintage Window Photo Display
Clips fit wonderfully on a shutter’s slats. It turns out that clothespins do, too. The slats are the perfect width for a clothespin to clamp down. The installation uses clothespins to place a variety of vintage photos around the shades. There’s something poetic about a vintage surface hosting vintage photos.
28. Easy DIY Antique Shelf
The shutters serve as the backdrop for an antique shelf. Each of the shelves have been attached to the frame. Flawless white dishes are displayed against the pale gray of the shelf. One notable feature is the rounded top of the shelf, which gives it additional antique feel.
29. Rustic Window Shutter Design
It’s hard to tell whether the surfaces are floor-length, or whether multiple average-sized shutters have been pushed together. That’s probably the intention. The closed slats emulate a floor-length window, with one twist: They’re arranged horizontally. The wreaths at the center of each pair are secured with festive white ribbon.
30. DIY Window Magazine Organizer
The slats have been repurposed as an organizer for different magazines. The gorgeous dark chocolate-colored wood is a perfect backdrop for the colorful covers. Thin rods have been sunk into the shutter’s frame, allowing magazines to be draped over. A lamp filled with seashells adds to the sense of being in a mermaid’s cove.
31. Shutter Wall Display
The shades have been used to hang wall displays. A colorful framed photo of a farm hangs cheerfully between them. The couch underneath has sandy and modern cushions, while a rustic bell is pressed into the wall above the picture. There’s a strong feeling of being in an organic place, somewhere time has forgotten.
32. Repurposed Home Organizer with Hooks
The brightly painted teal surface has been turned into a home organizer. Important papers and reminders are clipped to the slats with clothespins. Hooks have been added so that keys are more easily hung. Notably, there’s very little construction involved with this. The slats naturally hold the hooks, and gravity does the rest.
33. DIY Shutter Kitchen Tool Organizer
The shutters have been turned into the perfect kitchen organizer. Hooks installed at the top allow kitchen utensils to hang down. Knives are arranged on a diagonal. A mounted towel rack hung baskets, and multiple hooks provide the rest of the necessary storage space. The diagonal splash of yellow on top adds sunshiney flavor to the white backdrop.
34. Charming Shutter Wall Art Decoration
The horizontally-hung shutter has been turned into a wall decoration. Neutral-toned stars are installed along the centerfold, while metal letters below encourage people to “live,” “laugh,” and “love.” The piece is completed by the tangled branches framing the top and drifting down either side. It’s soft, cozy, and organic.