Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Barn Door Shutters

 Awhile back I came across this photo on Pinterest.

(The photo isn't linked so I don't know the source.  If anyone knows, let me know!)
Update: source found, thanks Kelsey! Image above via Aunt Ruthie's Sugar Pie Farmhouse

And I thought to myself, "Wow, I love those shutters!  I should make some!" and then thought nothing more of it.  
Then last week Melinda shared her barn door shelf on WYLTC.

And that sealed the deal.  I went that afternoon to pick up supplies.  I whipped out a couple of barn door shutters and pulled out my fall decor, and now my mantle looks like this.

So fun!  

I love that I was able to make them custom for my space.  They are the same height as my mirror giving me a window look.

I went with a green color because 1) I wanted a fun color and 2) green would go good with any season.

I went out of my comfort zone on the finish of these and used a glaze instead of a stain over paint treatment.  It was a lot of fun trying something new and I love how it turned out!

If you want to make your own, they seriously couldn't be easier!
All you do is take a 1x3 board and cut it into your desired lengths.  Then take a 2x1/4 inch slat and make your Z.  My boards were 23" tall.  The two short slats were 10" long and the cross slat was about 16" long with a  31.62 degree angle cut.  Your measurements will depend on the size.

Then I just laid it on the ground and used gorilla glue to glue it together.  It worked like a charm!  This was my first time using Gorilla Glue too, and I will say I was impressed!

Then finish however you want.  Like I said, I used green paint and a brown glaze.

I love them!

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Janet said...

I can see why you love them, they're perfect for your mantle! I love the color, and the glaze. Now I want to make some. :)

The Loops said...

This looks great. I can't wait to see what you do for other holidays. I may have to give this a try.

Annika said...

I have been searching high and low trying to find these at an antique store or something, I dont know why I never even thought to just make them myself! Genius!

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Moore or Less Cooking said...

Really great ideas! Love it!

Sara said...

Oh how darling!! I love the way you've changed this to fit the seasons! Would LOVE it if you would share this project at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!!

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

These are beautiful! I love how you framed your mirror with them too, it really pulls everything together. Thanks for sharing

Kathy@DandelionsandDustBunnies said...

I love your mantel. It all fits so perfectly. The shutters really add to the overall look. Great banner too. Now you've got my wheels a turning to come up with something for my mantel. At first I thought you had them leaning against the wall, but now I see you must have hung them. Great job.

Adelina Priddis said...

Those are awesome! I really need to find a place for a mantle in my house!

Kelsey @ Tattered and Inked said...

I absolutely loved this picture too and pinned it as well- it's from here...

I'm using it as inspiration for my mantle too :) Great job!!!!

Ellie said...

Those are so cool! Way to go!

Candace & Nicole said...

I think I need some barn doors now! Very cool Krystal, they look great!


Emerald Hills said...

I think its adorable. Very country feel and thats big with me. great feel to it.

Lindsay said...

I am SO doing this. Going to bookmark right now! Thanks for sharing the 'how to'. Beautiful setting you created. You have wonderful taste! I would love for you to share this @ Show & Share-

Mel said...

I LOVE it!!! So cute!

Kim@todayismysome-day said...

The shutters are great! And I love the mantle decor. Great job.

Lyndsey said...

This is seriously so cute!! Love it!!!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Fantastic job! Now it looks like I'll be adding this project to my to do list. lol. Found you via Southern Lovely. Toodles, Kathryn

Lindsay said...

Just wanted to let you know that I featured you today @ Southern Lovely. Grab a button, if you'd like.

DeeDee said...

Such a great idea! I've pinned you for later to try myself! :)

Jennifer said...

Well how easy to make your own shutters!! They turned out great!

Brittany said...

Those shutters are pretty much the coolest thing ever! I can't believe you made them! Thanks for sharing how to do it. I think I may need to make some now!

Kristen Duke Photography said...

I LOVE this! I have been wanting to do something similar around a window, but thought about finding vintage shutters just the right size, but I didn't think of making my own! Found you from be different...act normal;)

Jessa Smith said...

This is so cute! I love how it turned out - definitely pinning this! Awesome idea. Found you at Be Different Act Normal


Shan said...

Genius! I have been looking for some shutters at antique stores and flea markets to no avail. No I can just make them! Woo Hoo! I can't wait to dress up my fall mantel! This one is darling! Thank you for the tutorial!!! Found you via 517 Creations today.

Waseem said...

Adoring all this....very beautiful.

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Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama said...

Your mantel is adorable, and I just love the shutters!

I featured your mantel on my blog today, come over and check it out:

Michelle Smith said...

this useful door shutters information and try to give such a interesting information in future as well.


Vivek Sharma said...

The barn door shutters shown here is beautiful. Have a look at it

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