I love “shopping” in my own stash of things! The basement, garage, our little shed out back! If you’ve read any of my other blog posts, you know me….and I’m a hoarder! (in a good way I think!)
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New Life for Old Things
When my parents decided they could no longer remain in their home they built back in 1962, having all the bedrooms and main bathroom upstairs, my Mother knew she had to downsize her things. This was a hard decision to make, because she has “collected” so many treasures over the years. Yes, that’s where I got my hoarding genes from!! lol
So after going through her items, giving me a lot of things and other family member things, and selling off a lot of items that weren’t exactly “keepsakes”, we narrowed down the pieces she wanted to keep and have stored several of these she just didn’t have room for (in the little apartment off the back of our garage) in our basement, attic, garage and shed! Among these items were the solid wood shutters she once had on her house. I just love shutters!
When we built the Modern Farmhouse as a vacation rental, I needed décor items to fill the space, yet keep it free from clutter. This is where these beautiful old shutters came into play. In the downstairs bedroom where we have two twin beds, the room isn’t extremely large but the wall you see when you first enter the room was just calling for some sort of artwork! And since we rent to a lot of families with small children, who would most likely use this room, I wanted the artwork to be substantial and not be able to easily get knocked off the wall.
I loved the color of the shutters as they were, but decided to give a little “distress” to them by lightly dry brushing some soft creamy white paint over them with a chip brush. This just gave them some more character I think. Next, my hubby literally screwed them into the wall! No knocking these shutters off! I placed them at different heights to give the wall a pleasing look and I think they turned out perfect!
So there you have it! Taking something simple as old shutters and making them works of art in an otherwise bland room! I hope I have inspired you to take a look around your stash of goodies to see what you can do for your own place! And I’d love to hear from you on what you’ve done or are wanting to do!