Flutter Flutter Kitchen Shutters… Victory is Sweet!

Monday morning has never been sweeter! Remember my Upcycled Kitchen Shutters that came up a couple inches too short?! <insert waah wah> Ah… the taste of triumph this morning! I tell ya, these are my absolute favorite project to date! My FAVORITE!! I don’t know if it’s the hours upon hours that the hubs and I spent on them… or the fact that they are just that dang cute! But, they sure make my heart flutter, flutter!

From Ikea Bed Slats to Indoor Shutters, by Vintage News Junkie

You are not seeing things… I did a total overhaul of these shutters, color and all! We started by tearing apart the shutters, well, not all the way. We just needed about an inch more on each shutter. So, we took off just one board, in preparation for attaching a new board the right size. (Luckily, we had some extra bed slats left over.)

Rebuilding DIY Indoor Shutters

Also lucky for us, we had a new toy to make cutting a straight line much easier than the first go ’round. Allow me to introduce, the Rip-Cut!

How to Cut a Straight Line Using a Kreg Rip-Cut

I’ve used a Kreg Jig for some time, ever since my brother introduced me to that little piece of genius! But a Rip-Cut? New to me! I couldn’t believe how easy it was to use.

1. Follow the directions on the package for assembling your new Rip-Cut.

2. Attach your circular saw to the Rip-Cut.

3. The Rip-Cut has a handy guide arm that you line up to the edge our the piece of wood you are cutting. Align it to the width you want.

4. Cut your wood as your normally wood! (Only this time, it’s perfectly STRAIGHT!) Genius!

Then we cut a new cross support beam to extend to the length of our new shutter.

Cross Boards for DIY Shutters

We detached the old beam and attached the new one… it fit like a glove. We learned our lesson. This time, we measured twice and cut once.

Out with the Old Shutters

Use Nailer to Assemble DIY Shutters

It really only took about an hour to fix the width of the shutters, so it wasn’t too bad. Once they were rebuilt, we hit them with some paint. I decided I didn’t want the blue shutters. I wanted something cleaner for the kitchen, so I went with a bright white. I thought the black hardware would pop nicely off of the white! It took a couple coats, but I was lovin’ where this was heading.

Paint Shutters White

A light distressing, just on the edges, revealed just enough of the blue and the dark stain to give them the slightly worn and aged look that I wanted.

Distress Edges of White Shutters

We opted to do something a little funky with the handles. Instead of the traditional vertical layout, we decided to attach them horizontally. I am truly smitten over these shutters… I couldn’t be happier!

DIY Upcycled Shutter, Before & After, by Vintage News Junkie

For good measure, here are some beauty shots so you understand why I now refer to them as my Flutter Flutter Kitchen Shutters! I mean, your heart doesn’t patter just a little??

White Distressed Kitchen Shutters

Unique Kitchen Shutters

Shabby Chic, French Country Shutters

DIY Indoor Shutters from Ikea Bed Slats

Now to decorate the space above our new shutters… and to replace that light! In the mean time, ahhhhh… I’m savoring the sweetness of Victory!!

If you missed it, here’s how you can build your own…

Shutter Tutorial Part One

Shutter Tutorial Part Two

And if you spotted my super cute Topiary Centerpieces, I made them in 30 seconds! See how here!

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  1. Haha! You got an airstrike?! Meeee tooo. Haven’t used it yet. Love the shutters!

  2. Awesome! I have some Ikea bed slats and other pine that needs to be transformed into something. This is great that you reused what you already had. Those shutters look amazing! Great work! 😀

    • Thanks, Julie! Now I’m on the hunt for more free bed slats!! It’s the perfect size wood for so many ‘lil projects!! I am lovin’ your garage progress, by the way! We soooo want to do ours… but that whole “clean everything out first thing” is really holdin’ us back! Ha ha!

  3. Aren’t you clever?! These look amazing!!

  4. These turned out fabulously! Awesome job!
    Thanks for linking up to this week’s Catch a Glimpse party. I’ll be featuring this tomorrow. 🙂

  5. The shutters look ah-mazing! You did a fantastic job.

    If you’re interested, I’d love if you shared these at my Show & Tell party going on right now.

  6. Love these! What a great use of the slats, too! Tell you what, I’ll send you my window measurements and…(nah, I’m kidding…but I may be stealing your idea!) Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  7. JEEZ!!! I freaking LOVE THIS, Candace! Those stupid Ikea bed slats….Ours keeps falling out from under our bed, making our mattress fall. Now I know what to do with them when we’re ready to those out the bed! 🙂 Thanks for this!

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    • O-M-Gosh…. Serena! I know!! Our bed slats do the same thing!!! I see more shutters in my future as soon as we can afford to build a new bed! Yes, build! I have my eyes on one of Ana White’s plans! I have BIG dreams!

  8. Ohhh… would have never thought of that! Very cool. Visiting from the Haven FB page 🙂

  9. What a great job you did! I really wanted a ripcut, but it wouldn’t fit in my luggage…bummer. The shutters look fab in your window. xoxo

  10. Love this project! I’ve yet to use my new ripcut from Haven. I know I’ll love it.

  11. Are you kidding me?! This is AWESOME!!!! I can’t wait to have my own house again so I can make something this dang CUTE for my kitchen! Great job…! 🙂

    • Oh, thanks, Claudia!! You know, you could totally attach these shutters where you live now. It only puts four little screw holes in each side of your window frame. A little spackle and paint and you will be good to go when you move out! Just sayin’…. a girl needs some cute shutters! 🙂

  12. These are gorgeous! I’m totally jealous that you get to have something this pretty in your kitchen!! We’ll be featuring your shutters over at Someday Crafts tomorrow!

  13. Visiting from FJI. They are beautiful.

  14. I love this!! Another honey do…. Our kitchen has a huge open “window” that overlooks our huge living room (5-level townhouse). There are times I would like to have a sound barrier between the two.

    • Oh, Lynda! That’s a great idea… I love that I can open and close these so easily. But when they are closed it is a stout divider between my eyes and the blinding sun in the evenings! You should totally make some… I’d love to see them!!

  15. These are soooo cool, Candance! Loved your story on your build too! I can see why this is your fav project… you brought instant charm to your space… well done! These will be featured on I Love That Junk and various other places. 🙂

  16. That looks amazing! I love the look of shutters indoors and am in the process of making some myself!

    • O-M-Gosh, Kristen! I can’t believe you found ‘lil ‘ol me! I LOVE your photography and was bummed that I missed your class at Haven! I think of you every time I can’t figure out this DSL-what-cha-ma-jiggy…. Man… I need lessons! Trade ya some shutters for a lesson or two… j/k. 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

  17. Goodness gracious, these turned beautifully! And look at you putting your Haven SWAG to good use! I’m so impressed. My heart is definitely a’flutter over these kitchen shutters! Brava for stickin’ with it to the end. It was worth the effort, my friend.

  18. What a great upcycled project. I keep wanting shutters and we’re actually thinking about purchasing a new bed so I’ll keep this idea tucked away from the bed slats. Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday’s Five Features and link up this post (and others)!

  19. These are super cute – look at YOU!! Love IKEA things transformed.

    Thanks for linking up at Tell Us Tuesday!

  20. Hi Candace! So sorry for the late notice -I’m on vacation this week – but wanted to let you know that I absolutely love your Flutter Flutter Kitchen Shutters SO much and am featuring them tonight at Best of the Weekend. Thank you SO much for sharing with us and hope you can join the party again tonight. Have a fantastic long, holiday weekend!

  21. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays.

  22. Hi Candace!
    Ikea bed slats….how clever! Finished project is beautiful. I can see why this was your favorite project. They add so much charm to your kitchen. Great job!

    I’m just getting started in the blogging world…..one week old. Hope you’ll stop by and say Hi @ Melding Magic.

  23. They turned out nice!!!How did u attatch them to the window frame? We have been looking for a shade for the kitchen & can’t seem to find the right one, but I really like these!!!!!

    • Good questions, Kimberly! We used standard cabinet hinges. They are a bit tricky to figure out which way to attach them so they fold the way you want them to. But we used, the same basic hinges to attached them to the wall and to create the fold in each shutter. I hope that makes sense. We, did, also use anchors so that the shutters would have extra support into the wall. Hope that helps!!

  24. I LOVE these shutters and am thinking about trying them for our windows. Do you happen to have a picture of them open that you could send me? I’m trying to figure out if they’d work..

    • I’m so glad you love them, Stephanie! I have fallen pretty hard for them myself!! I don’t have a picture of them open… buuuuut…. just for you Stephanie, I did the dishes in the sink, cleaned off the counter, and snapped a shot! I emailed it to you just now!! Only the best for you, my dear reader!! 🙂

  25. Do they lay flat against the wall when open?

    • Hey, Michael. I think that would depend in the hinges that you buy. If you mount them close enough to the edge of your window frame and have hinges that open 180 degrees, I don’t know why they wouldn’t lay flat. We didn’t worry about that because we have cabinets on both sides of the window so we knew that they would be in the way anyway. I hope that helps!

  26. I wonder if i could pull this off with pallet boards ??

  27. These are so well done. I’m awed at what you handy folks can do.


  29. Love these shutters. I have a small bay window behind my sink with wood blinds that the cat has now eaten the cords off of. I’m wondering if I could do something like this.

    • Awwww… those precious kitty cats. They love them some chewing action… but you can’t be mad at them. They are such cute little furballs! I totally think you could make these shutters, Valerie!! They were so easy. In fact, I want to make some larger ones for some of the other windows in our house! You should give it a shot…. shoot me an email if you get stuck!!

  30. What color is the kitchen painted?

    • Hi Lauren.. our kitchen is painted with a custom gray that we had mixed at the local paint shop. I could never find the right gray so we played around with it until we got one we liked. So sorry I’m not more help!


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