Simple Cottage Style Shutter Makeover

July 6, 2019


Shuttered Cabinet Doors

A little while ago, I mentioned that along with our major bathroom renovation, this summer, we were hoping to tackle a few smaller projects around the house. One of these updates involved a makeover of the shutter doors that cover a bank of small shelves in my master bathroom.

The shutters were painted badly years ago. They didn't open or close and never really fit properly. The wood had bowed, probably from years of exposure to humid conditions and the paint had become sticky and was hard to clean.

That bothered me. A lot.

So one night, when I mentioned my shutter dilemma to my husband, he said, why not just use your velcro fabric trick and give them a makeover?

I love it when he talks decor to me.

Especially when his ideas are this brilliant. Honestly, I'm a little disappointed I didn't come up with it myself, but either way, once the words were out of his mouth, I was in the car and on the hunt for fabric.

I got lucky at my first stop and found a remnant at JoAnn's for about $5.00 that coordinated with my bedroom quilt perfectly.

So by the next morning, I was ready to go. That was May. Unfortunately, the process of ripping out and rebuilding the hall bathroom was the priority and the shutters just sat. And sat. And sat.

Well, fast forward to this past weekend, when we were finally able to break away from that DIY to do some other fun things, including the shutter update.

I will say, that since the shutters were painted shut, the project was a little more labor intensive than I had expected. We tried to free the center pieces from the frame, but the paint was so thick and gummy, it was like glue. They weren't going anywhere.

Cutting Shutters That Are Stuck

My husband had to get out his trusty saw and cut right down the middle, between the slats. This loosened them up and we were able to wriggle them out. At first I was little upset, thinking we could never go back, but they were such a mess, I don't think I'd want to.

Removing Slats From Shutters

The next step was to plane them and sand them down a bit, since there were at least three layers of paint under the white. My husband took care of this job and I made him wear a mask, since I had no idea how old that paint was and if it contained lead. Better safe than sorry...

Painting Shutter Frames

Once the sanding was done, it was my turn to prime them and paint them. That process was pretty quick. And actually it was very calming to have a paintbrush in my hand again.

I haven't painted in years and I'd forgotten how much I loved it. The smell and the fumes were not good for my lungs, but I have to say, after painting the bathroom vanity with the newer low odor, no VOC paints, I wasn't bothered at all.

In fact, since tackling that vanity, I've repainted a little garden bench, just for fun and I've even started on an adult paint by numbers kit, since I've enjoyed the process so much.

But that's another story for another day...

Back to the shutters, painting only took so long, I was on to adding the fabric in short order. First I measured my fabric. I cut my piece one and a half times as wide as my opening so I'd have enough to gather for a pleated look.

Measuring Fabric For Shutters

I added the velcro to the shutter and then pushed the fabric on to the sticky back of it. It's the exact same technique I've used before, whenever I add fabric to a door.

Use Velcro Tape To Attach Fabric To Doors

I pleated it as I went, to create a ruffled look from the front. I used a few extra tiny strips of velcro on the side to anchor it this time since the fabric was not behind a glass and it had a little more movement than I wanted.

Pleating Fabric For A Ruffled Look

In order to get the pleats right, I turned the shutter back and forth a few times to make certain I was happy with the way they were formed. The velcro is so forgiving, it's simple to correct any mistakes.

Adding Fabric To A Shuttered Door

The last step was to put them back up and admire them. I can't believe I waited so long to do this. It warmed the room up immediately and added so much charm.

Adding Fabric To Shutter Doors

Naturally, now the rest of the room looks bland. So we removed the shower doors to give them a full cleaning, I added a pretty printable to the wall and I think I'm going to make a new curtain for the room, since I have leftover fabric.

Mixed Fabric Curtain Ideas

More projects.

That's ok, I think it'll be worth it.

By the time I'm finished with this room, it'll be super clean and look just as new as the new bathroom.

Just don't expect to hear about it until the fall!

πŸ˜‰

What do you think? Was my shutter project worth the wait?

Simple Shutter Makeover








50 comments:

  1. I think it was well worth the wait. Great makeover for those shutters. It took it to a whole new 'customized' feel in the bathroom. On to the next project!!! xo Diana

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    1. Thanks Diana! I have to say I love the look. Of course, now both of our bathrooms are in a state of flux, but I'm looking forward to the changes. Enjoy the weekend!

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  2. Bravo so worth the effort. Love the fabric and look. The improvement is amazing and gives it a warm feeling.

    Looking forward to seeing more.

    Cindy

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    1. Thank you, Cindy! I can't believe I waited so long to address those silly shutters. SO much better...

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  3. Kathleen KingsburyJuly 6, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    This looks great! I bet you can even have a set of fabric panels on hand to change out for Christmas or whatever holiday you choose. The holiday ones can be flat panels to make them even easier.
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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    1. Yes! That's why I love the velcro, Kathleen. It makes swapping out the fabric so simple. No staples to pull and it doesn't damage the cabinet at all- you know if I change my mind...but who would do that. πŸ˜‰

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  4. You two are quite the duo! A good match for a couple's DIY TV show. I love what you did. It's gorgeous!
    Brenda

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    1. Thanks Brenda! He is very talented and I honestly couldn't accomplish half of what I want to do around here without him.

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  5. Kim this is genius and I Love the fabric print and color. I cannot wait to see the whole bathroom done. You are too cute and I love you saying you love when the hubster talks decor to you!!!! Made me chuckle!!!! Have movers today and then we will be ready to close on Monday. Almost to the finish line. Yeah!!!! Have a great weekend.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. Haha, Kris! He’s so funny. Just when I think he’s not listening to me, he says something like that. When we were looking for bathroom floors he kept suggesting basket weave patterns and I said, nope, just don’t love them. Then last week we were in HomeGoods and he picked up a red rooster trivet and proudly presented it to me. But them he said, oh wait, no, he’s surrounded by a basketweave pattern. You won’t like this. I had to hug him right there. Of course, we took the rooster home!!




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  6. Very creative! Amazing your husband suggested the velcro. My husband doesn't even know that exists :) . I love the work done!

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    1. Every now and then I guess he listens to me, Angela!! Or he reads the blog. πŸ˜‰

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  7. Great make-over. Never would have thought of doing that!!!

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    1. I'm sort of a fabric addict, Cheri! If I can cover it with a pattern, I will...and thanks!!

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  8. They're adorable, but I was wondering if they are just for dΓ©cor, or are they hiding storage? It's a grand idea either way. Clever hubby for thinking of that.

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    1. They do cover shelves, Florence! There is actually quite a bit of storage back there. It's just a much more attractive space now. Thanks for asking and for your kind comment!

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  9. Great job, Kim! Those shutters are so hard to clean. Now you can just take the fabric off, wash it, and put it back on...so much better!

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    1. Oh my gosh, Ann, they were impossible to clean, especially since the paint was so gummy. The dust would not budge. So far, this is much better. It’s also much prettier! Enjoy the weekend!

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  10. they're beautiful Kim! and so is your husband! xo

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    1. He is...inside and out, Tammy, I agree!! And I hope you are well my friend. I miss your posts. xo

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  11. Love your shutter look . . .
    Amazing the things we can create . . .
    Looking forward to the final reveal . . .

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    1. Thanks Lynne. Decorating is wonderful distraction to me, I love the creative aspects. Keeps me grounded in this nutty world...

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    1. Thanks Penny! I love the fabric. It makes a huge difference.

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  13. Very pretty. And you know how I love EZ-PZ projects :)

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    1. I'm right there with you, Cheryl! EZ-PZ all the way.

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  14. That is so cute! What a great idea. And isn't it funny how one little thing leads to another? :)

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    1. Totally, Mari!! I have quite a list now, but it's been fun getting my hands "dirty" again.

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  15. Looks really cute! It does have me wondering, what's stashed behind those cupboards?

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    1. Ha! Jeanieq, nothing exciting! I would love to tell you that they were filled with pretty little cottage style bottles and lacy towels, but the truth is they're filled with razors, shaving cream, q-tips and soap! The outside is way better than the in! πŸ˜‰

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  16. Very clever use of the velcro Kim. It really does look so much sweeter.

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    1. THank you, Mary! Gotta love that velcro.

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  17. Kim,
    You amaze me! This is just the perfect charm for your bathroom. Well done to the both of you.
    How are the girls doing this summer? Are they busy touring this summer?
    Carla

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    1. Carla, you are so sweet…and truly, nothing amazing here, just some fabric and tape! πŸ˜‰ And thanks so much for asking about the girls. They're singing everywhere, they just made their first live radio appearance and have a few more coming up in the next few weeks. It’s all very exciting and a great way to spend the summer.

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  18. Kim, that project turned out gorgeous! I love the new look of the shutters and that material is so pretty! You guys did a great job on them! Regardless of how long you had to wait, it was well worth it! Hope all is going well and that you had a great 4th! Love and hugs!

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    1. Thank you so much, Benita. I love that fabric, too! Can you believe I found a corner of it peeking out from underneath the big rolls at JoAnn's? My kids thought I was crazy pulling it out and tracking down someone to help me find a price. Ha! And thank you, we had a lovely 4th! Hope you did, too!! Hugs back!

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  19. Another winner, Kim, and I also love the fabric you chose. I like that all your projects feel simple and doable and I'm immediately looking around the house to see where I can try it on. Hope you had a lovely 4th!
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thanks so much, Amalia! I am all about the simple DIY. I don't have patience for any other kind. πŸ˜‰

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  20. Kim, it certainly was worth the wait. They look so pretty and I can see that they would brighten up the room. Sometimes our hubbys have the best ideas and maybe we don't give them credit enough..Hope you had a great 4th..xxoJudy

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    1. I totally agree, Judy! He's has a very good eye and I take his opinion into consideration, but he always laughs because he knows I'll do what I want anyway. And he's usually right! πŸ˜‰ xoxox

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  21. Perfect!!! And I think the new valance with the same fabric will tie it in nicely!

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    1. Thanks Debbie! I think so, too. Now I just have to find the time to make it.

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  22. You made the shutter doors look so pretty with the fabric. How creative of your husband to suggest that and he sounds like a winner. I love how nice it looks and you can always change out that fabric to something different when you get tired of it! I can't wait to see what the bathroom looks like!

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    1. Thanks so much, Julie! The bathroom is really shaping up and I'm thrilled with the new look.

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  23. You are so crafty and handy! Your hubby, too! I love the makeover, it looks beautiful. :-)

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    1. Thanks so much, Melanie! It really changes the whole room.

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  24. Hi Kim - What a good idea - glad you shared the why and how.
    Thanks for dropping in for a visit today.
    Joy

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    1. Thanks so much, Joy! I have to say I really like it now.

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  25. Looks great, Kim. Fresh, crisp. I like it. Your hubby's really catching on with this whole decor thing. Do I see a home makeover TV show in your future? ;) Hugs, Nancy

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    1. Thanks Nancy! The guy has a good eye and some mad DIY skills. There's no doubt about that! Hugs!

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