Happy Holidays all you Bless’er House followers!
I’m Emily and I blog at Table & Hearth, sharing my DIY, home decor, craft, and recipe endeavors. I met Lauren last summer at the Haven Conference and we had so much fun together, definitely total Southern soulmates! She’s letting me crash her pad here today (thanks Lauren!!!) so I wanted to share a project that I am totally in love with, and that was inspired by her and her gorgeous rustic pieces.
I scored these old gray shutters for $20 but then hoarded them for a good six months, not quite sure what to make with them. I was in love with their chippy gray paint and all the previous colors (four!) peeking out from under it, and just knew they’d be a perfect touch somewhere in our home…just wasn’t sure where!
When I was cleaning them up, I had them leaned up next to the fence side-by-side and it dawned on me to hang them on the wall just like that and use them as a much-needed and long-overdue command station in our breakfast nook!
- two wood shutters (mine are approximately 5′ x 18″)
- (3) 4″ mending plates with screws
- (1) 1/4″ x 24″ x 24″ hardboard panel
- (2) 1/4″x 3″ x 48″ battens (also called hobby boards)
- chalkboard paint
- wood stain (I used Minwax “Classic Gray”)
- hot glue gun
- small cork boards
- cup pull
- various storage items that can hang (I used two galvanized envelopes and a basket from Magnolia Market, and hooks attached to a wooden board) (similar envelopes here)
- D-ring picture hangers
- large screws and anchors for hanging
- various tiny screws
- drill and various drill bits
- miter saw, jigsaw, handsaw, circular saw, miter box…whatever to make mitered cuts
- measuring tape
The first task was to attach the two shutters together using the brackets and screwing into the thicker pieces at the top, middle, and bottom of the shutters. You can use longer brackets if desired to make it even more sturdy (I totally spaced on taking pictures of this, but it’s easy!).
For the chalkboard, I measured how large I wanted it to be and settled on 22″W x 20″H. I cut my batten down to those dimensions, mitering the ends to make a frame, then cut my panel to about 20″w x 18″ h so that the edges of it wouldn’t be seen as easy from the sides.
I painted two coats of the chalkboard paint on the panel and stained the battens.
I used hot glue to attach the battens onto the chalkboard (#lazy), although you can totally use wood glue as well (and that would probably be better). I used short screws to attach a cup pull upside-down on the bottom batten to hold chalk.
I “seasoned” my chalkboard by running the long end of a piece of chalk all over it then wiping it off. Then glued two circular cork boards onto it with hot glue. (I love these little circular cork trivets from Ikea, SO many possibilities!!).
To mount it, I drilled two holes through the chalkboard itself into the middle thicker edges of the shutters then screwed in black screws. In hindsight (our dear friend during projects), it would have been better to do this before attaching the battens to the chalkboard so that the screws would be hidden, so maybe do that instead.
To attach the other items, I predrilled holes then used teeny tiny screws to go directly into the thin shutter slats.
Then, just hung the items like photos on the screws. For the wire basket, I used screws with the largest head on them I could find in my stash so it’d hang more securely.
That’s it! This was really easy to pull together and can be totally customizable for anyone’s storage needs. I love that we now have a place to jot down notes, a grocery list, plan meals on, and stick important notices…and it’s no longer all on my kitchen countertops 🙂
Thanks to Lauren again for having me over today! If you are loving these shutters, you may also love these projects too, plus I’d love if you guys would tag along with me at: