Thursday, May 28, 2009

I Hate Handsaws and Now My Arm Hurts

A few months ago, I was poking around on this blog and ran across this great tutorial on how to make a memo board with old shutters. I couldn't figure out where on earth I'd be able to find shutters {besides Home Depot} that a.) weren't exterior shutters and b.) didn't cost my first born.

I mean who shops for shutters? I don't even know how much they are so I'm probably talking out my arse. Anyhow, I made a mental note "Look for shutters at thrift shops"

A few weeks later, yes, I found them. There they were, sitting in the corner of Goodwill all by themselves. $6.99/set and you know I roll. I had to snatch those babies up! I bought two sets, just in case!


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The recipe for this memo board only called for two shutters...what will I do with the other 6?

Let's just dive in!

#1.


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I haven't done the big reveal of the craft room yet, but here is one little corner of it. I was having trouble finding a good, conventional spot to store my sewing machine. It's very much in the way on the craft table if I do decide to use it.


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Voila! I just took one complete set of shutters, spray painted those things white and stuck a piece of wood on top. Great thing about this? I can use it to hide the sewing machine and put pretty stuff on top when not in use. OR I can flip it around and use it for a little sewing table!


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I was pretty proud of myself on this one!

#2.

I have successfully installed a roller shade on the door that leads to the balcony. I am on full display for any passerbyers to see at night. I tried to hang a roller shade in this little window but it fell. I felt so defeated. Such a cute little window deserves a cute little shade....
Before:


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After:

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I decided to keep two together and install them in the window. I see this kind of thing all the time. Well, unfortunately either I have very abnormally sized windows {which I totally think is the case} or they are smallish shutters.
As you can kinda see from the picture, I had to paint and mount 3 pieces of .75 inch boards to make the shutters fit and not look ghetto. See them on the sides? I love them because I can be in my hidey hole and no one outside can see me! Plus they block out the street lamp's light that shines across the hall into our bedroom.
#3.
Here is what I originally picked these guys up for. This project:

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And here is my rendition of it:

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Kinda cute eh? I really love it. Now, I won't lie to you and say this was super easy, because it really wasn't. I learned a lot of things as I used my miter box and hand saw {yes, hand saw} to mismeasure and repeatedly cut the sides for the frame. I beg you, get some sort of electric saw. That was my plan until the Lowe's man talked me into this hand saw that I couldn't even push through the wood. Was it the saw? Or me being a weakling? Probably the latter but moving on...
In the end, I am pretty proud of myself.
What do you think? What would you do with a few pairs of shutters?
P.S. I don't know why the CSS is freaking out on this post. Sorry for all of the pictures smushing together :/




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7 comments:

Averill said...

Great job! I really love that memo board, and reusing the shutters as a sewing table is really clever.

Cammie said...

that is so cute! Great job and welcome to SITS!

b*schus said...

I'm super impressed! Can't wait for the craft room reveal...

The Rambler said...

Stopping by from SITS and wanted to say welcome.

AND WOW. Love what you did with ALL the shutters!!! Maybe my non skilled self could actually pull the table one off? Maybe. :)

Welcome again.

Dreamer said...

I'm SURE you're tired of me saying this, but you're Ah-mazing!

Kristina with a K said...

Thank you and welcome to all the new faces! Please come back! :) I've got some fun stuff up my sleeve ;)

Kristina with a K said...

Aww so are you! Shannie you are always so sweet!