Decorative window shutters create a great focal point in any room and work perfectly to fill a large, open wall that needs a little something. And the more aged and unique, the better!
- Take an old window shutter and wash away any dirt or debris from the surface, using tap water and a sponge. Let the shutter dry completely. Then, using fine sandpaper, sand away any remaining debris (though don’t sand smooth—a rough surface adds to the rustic charm).
- Paint the shutter with the type of paint made best for your shutter finish. Some paints are made for metal, others for plastic or fiberglass. I used a paint ideal for wood surfaces.
- For more interest, use a different color paint for a second coat. I used a second paint with a metallic finish, applying with a rubber stamp for a unique, subtle design. (When selecting paint color and stamp design, consider other colors and patterns used in the room’s décor to tie the look together.)
- For a more finished look, apply a clear coat of sealant and let dry overnight.
- If desired, mount a decorative piece of hardware or home décor item directly to the shutter. I used a small iron sconce, then added a candle. Be creative!
- Finally, mount the shutter to the wall securely. Two shutters hung side by side or “bookending” a piece of art or furniture also make a unique display.