By Renae Frey

How to Repurpose a Vintage Shutter

How to Repurpose a Vintage Shutter

Hey Friends! I’m so glad that you stopped by. If you are anything like me, you just can’t pass up anything vintage with great character, no matter what the condition. I found a diamond in the rough and I’m excited to share it with you.

I found a pair of chippy old shutters for only $10 each. I knew that I had to have them, even though I had no idea what I was going to do with them.

I also had this pair of old outdoor sconces that I wasn’t using.

My husband and I were in the middle of a renovation in our movie room. So, I got to thinking how I could use these vintage items and I came with the idea to make a shutter sconce out of the them. I’m going to show to how I made them step by step.

These are the supplies that I usesd.

This is what you will need to do this project.

Shutter

Sconce

Saw Horses

Spray cleaner and paper towels

Paint Scraper

Cordless drill with screw bit and drill bit

Wire cutter

Wire stripper

Screwdriver

Nuts and bolts to fit your sconce, long enough to get through the shutter

Lamp cord

J box cover

Wire nuts

D rings

Picture hanging cable

Hammer

Marker

These are the tools that I used.

The first thing that I did was to srape any loose paint from the shutter and then cleaned them. I ermoved any nails or screws. I liked the chippy finish, so I’m not going to paint it. If you want to paint your shutter, this is the time to do it. Then I cleaned the sconce. I set my shutter on saw horses to make it easier to work on it.

I put my sconce on the shutter and decided where I wanted to attach the sconce. Then, using the j box cover, I marked my holes.

Drill your holes, making sure that they are big enough for your screws to fit through.

Now comes the tricky part.

My lamp cord came with a light bulb socket, so I cut it off using my wire cutters.
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The wires on your sconce should be stripped already. But you will need to strip the wires on the lamp cord. I clipped between the wires first to split the wires, and pulled them a part. Then I stripped them.

I threaded my lamp cord through the j box cover, then poked it through the shutter from back to front.

Now, you will need to twist together one of the wires from the sconce with one of the wires from the cord, then twist on the wire nut-making sure that there are not any exposed wires. Repeat with the other two wires.

Line up the holes of the sconce with the holes in your shutter and j box cover. Insert your srews and tighten your bolts. With the thickness of the shutter, you will need much longer screws than the ones provided with the j box cover.

You are almost done and the hard part is over. Whew! Now, lay out your D rings and attach them to the shutter. Then attach the picture cable to both of the D rings. I find it easier to hang artwork with only one wall anchor to hang. Sometimes it gets tricky having to install two anchors to hang artwork. Now, you are all done and ready to hang it.

My shutter sconce.

And there you have it. I really love how the shutter sconces turned out. I was able to repurpose some random vintage items and make something beautiful and useful out of them. They add so much character to this room.

This sconce was attached to a vintage table leaf. I love this idea as well. I hope that this has encouraged you to try this project.

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Blessings to you,

Renae

12 thoughts on “How to Repurpose a Vintage Shutter”

  1. Miche Ortega

    They look amazing. I love shutters. I have several hung myself. Good job.

  2. This looks so good, Renae! What a fun way to upcycle these treasures. They’re fabulous. Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you, Coco. I really enjoy your blog-you are so talented. Hugs to you.

  3. Such a great idea. I happen to have some old shutters! Now you’ve got me thinking!!! Love it

    1. Thank you so much. Please show mw what you come up with. I have a few more shutters that I need to do something with. Blessings to you.

  4. What a fabulous idea Renae! Thanks for the detailed instructions – I’m a little nervous about wires, but you made it so easy – love your video! They look wonderful in your beautiful room. Happy Sunday over there!

    1. Thank you, Barbara. You should try it. Easy, peasy. Hugs to you.

  5. Renae, I love how you upcycled the shutters and sconces. They look great inside your home! Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story! Link Party. You’ve been featured this week 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for the feature. I’m so grateful. Blessings to you.

  6. These are beautiful Renae!! We made a similar pair for our living room! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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Renae Frey

Beautiful interiors don’t have to come with an outrageous price tag. My style is what I like to call Vintage French Farmhouse, I love mixing decorating styles, especially opposites like the glitz of a chandelier dripping in crystals with a chair upholstered in worn aged leather. Refined, yet not too formal-but, livable, elegant traditional design, adding warmth and vintage elements.

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