Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Curbside Vintage Shutters To Upcycle

A Vintage Shutter Kind of Day!
Some "roadside relics" finds their way into my life.
A pair of vintage shutters pose for the camera (a potential idea for their use at the front entry)

Wow, did I really just see what I thought I saw?  I had to do a double-take; not only because they were "twins," but because I was in disbelief that they were sitting out for trash!  A pair of vintage wooden solid panel shutters!  Yes, solid panel!  Louvered ones are fine, but solid are much better in my book as they allow for more uses!

Vintage Goodness
Interesting Color

I have longed for a set of these old shutters (or similar) for quite some time.  I typically see them at local antique shops for $45 a piece at the very minimum.  I figured one day I'd dish out the $90+ for a set, but now I'm glad I waited!  I was having a rather so-so day, but things turned suddenly brighter when I placed these babies in the bed of my truck!

What a Find!
Great Hardware

They have quite the weathered and worn patina with a teal type green on one side and brighter (yet dirty) turquoise in a chalk-type paint on the other.  The old hinge and clasp hardware is intact in all its rusty glory!

So, what to do with them?
(So many ideas came to mind!)  Should I . . . 
- Use them as doors for an open shelf unit?
- Create horizontal floating shelves on the wall?
- Build a shelf unit with them?
- Use them as pieces in a future vintage cabinet build?
- Hang them as swinging doors between rooms?
-Hang them as artwork?

GOSH, this list could go on and on!

For Now, These Vintage Shutters are:
One of them has found temporary use as an accent to my recent barn wood bench.
"Number 2" has also found temporary use . . . as a decorative top to my chippy paint rustic shelf.
The faded green hues of the shelf coordinate with the colors in the family room.

The weather and worn finish ties-in with other rustic elements in the space, like the old
roadside-found vintage wooden door (seen in the background) and the steamer trunk coffeetable!

What would you do if you happened upon a pair of vintage shutters such as these?  
How would you upcycle or repurpose them?

Thanks to Suzanne at Pieced Pastimes for featuring my Shutters!
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