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7 Inspiring Ways to Use Vintage Shutters on Your Walls

Shutters aren’t just for windows. In fact, any old shutter could easily be transformed into a work of art just by hanging it up on a wall in your home. Whether you’re looking to fill a blank space, set up a new headboard for your bed, put something above your fireplace mantel, or even just spice up your office workspace a bit – shutters can certainly do the trick! Check out some of the ideas below to see just how versatile they really can be –

A Different Type of Wall Art

Simply displaying some beautifully weathered shutters just as they are on your walls could be all that you need to really pull the whole room together. Blue Egg Brown Nest features a collection of three above a sofa, while Starfish Cottage Blog shows a pair used to frame a piece of art.

Three rustic blue shutters in a living room above a sofa
Three rustic blue shutters in a living room above a sofa
Coastal-themed living room with shutters on either side of artwork
Coastal-themed living room with shutters on either side of artwork

A work of art featured on Eye for Design takes it a step further by combining a bunch of wooden shutters and securing a beautiful mirror to it.

Wooden shutters and a mirror make a unique piece of wall art
Wooden shutters and a mirror make a unique piece of wall art

With an Old Window

If you have an old, unique looking window that goes with your shutters, then you can use it to emphasize that rustic, weathered look even more. Take a look at how great this window and red shutters from Lushome look above this table, or this arched window between two white shutters on Junk Chic Cottage.

Red shutters and old window used as wall art above a hall table
Red shutters and old window used as wall art above a hall table
Old shutters in cottage living room with a shabby chic look
Old shutters in cottage living room with a shabby chic look

An Easy Headboard

Shutters come in all shapes and sizes, and you can often find some pretty big ones — making them the perfect choice of material for an easy DIY headboard. Goodby House Hello Home shows a great idea for using two shutters with a piece of art in the middle, while Beautiful You and Me shows several shutters lined up next to each other to form a complete headboard.

Vintage shutters and artwork used in place of a headboard
Vintage shutters and artwork used in place of a headboard
Beautiful turquoise shutters repurposed as a headboard
Beautiful turquoise shutters repurposed as a headboard

Over the Mantel

Is your fireplace mantel looking a little bare? Shutters can work wonders to fill that empty space above it. Love Grows Wild features these gorgeous DIY wood barn shutters that certainly bring a real rustic, country feel to the whole design.

DIY barn wood shutters over a fireplace mantel
DIY barn wood shutters over a fireplace mantel
Rustic DIY barn wood shutters
Rustic DIY barn wood shutters

For Storing Accessories

Believe it or not, shutters can even be used to store stuff — as long as you’re not afraid to get a bit handy with a hammer and some nails! Check out this great shelving unit for a bathroom from Funky Junky Interiors and this wonderfully unique night table idea from The Wragged Wren.

Two shutters turned into a unique bathroom shelf
Two shutters turned into a unique bathroom shelf
Shutter repurposed as a night table in a shabby chic bedroom
Shutter repurposed as a night table in a shabby chic bedroom

For Hanging Things

Shutters can make the perfect alternative to a regular bulletin board. You don’t even need thumbtacks! You could slip notes and things into the slots of the shutters, or Pinterest user Vivian Segovia-Boone shows how you can use clothing pins to fasten photographs on shutters in an office space.

Three shutters used as a bulletin board in front of a desk
Three shutters used as a bulletin board in front of a desk

Another great idea is to turn an old shutter into a coat rack by installing some hooks to it, like this gorgeous example from Pinterest user Maria Coppola Pfeifle.

Coat rack made from an old shutter
Coat rack made from an old shutter

Taking It to a Whole New Level!

If you absolutely love the look of vintage shutters, maybe you’ll be daring enough to try this last idea — a whole wall covered in shutters! Here’s what it looks like in a bedroom from Interior Design Article, while a slightly different example featured on Inhabitat displays shutters along the upper wall and part of the ceiling in a kitchen.

Shabby chic bedroom with entire wall full of vintage shutters
Shabby chic bedroom with entire wall full of vintage shutters
A beautiful patchwork of wooden shutters in Vietnamese home
A beautiful patchwork of wooden shutters in Vietnamese home

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  • Rosie’s Cottage

    Love these! I adore the idea of using them behind the headboard of the bed, so pretty! Thank you for sharing x

  • Maria Coppola Pfeifle

    Imagine my surprise and glee when I was scrolling through and saw my very own shutter turned coat rack!! Very exciting for me!!! Love all the fantastic ideas!!!

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