Rustic Shutter to Work of Art

by | Sep 30, 2009 | Miscellaneus | 5 comments

When picking up a piece of furniture from one of my clients, they asked if I would paint a few other pieces for them. When I completed and dropped off the first piece (a white side table with a hand painted Delft handle), they showed me a cabinet and this shutter. Cabinet, no problem. You want me to paint the shutter? Really? What a great idea! I love it! It looked cool as it was, but the paint was pealing and left a trail. Definitely not safe to have hanging above a bed and the color wasn’t right for the crisp blue & white style in their weekend home. As you can see, this shutter needed a lot of cleaning. First, I scraped off all of the loose paint with a paint scraper. I then sanded and brushed the piece. This was very time consuming, but necessary.

I am fortunate enough to have a HVLP paint sprayer (which I use almost everyday), so this was simple for me to paint. If you’re using a brush, it’s going to take a while, but I think it’s worth it or you can use spray paint. I applied a bonding primer, then this gorgeous Sherwin Williams color called Open Seas (SW6500) in a satin finish.

Even with all of the chipping and brushing and sanding, there is still a lot of texture to this shutter. I like that. It says, “I’m old, but I was loved enough to be given a new life.”

And here’s the full view. I can’t wait to show you how it looks in their home. They are planning to hang it vertically above their bed.


  1. Ashlee

    This is a neat idea. I found one sort of like the original at an antique store, but passed it up….oops!

  2. Jane

    Lots of prep work on that shutter but the results are beautiful…love the color.

  3. Christina

    Love the shutter…your furniture is amazing! Love it, Love it, Love it. I wish I could paint in detail like that. Can't wait to see more!

  4. Anonymous

    Hi all you bloggers out there. Marian's Aunt Susie here. First of all I must say that Marian you are just plain talented, no getting around that. Please keep up your fine fine work. KD and I might open a shop in Charleston and may want to sell some of your goodies there? if you are interested. Since I am Aunt Susie I have to get in my motherly advice. Please (and I'm sure you already do this) wear a super duper mask when taking paint from old furniture as some may contain lead paint. YIKES!!


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