How To Create Shutter Lighting Fixture Perfect For Any Space

Last Updated on February 17, 2020 by Maria Brittis

Get those shutters out and learn How To Create Shutter Lighting Fixture

I am obsessed with shutters, especially antique ones with history. A few years ago I  purchased 5 antique shutters from a collector in New England. It’s been fun creating ideas for them. In this old shutters DIY I will create a shutter wall decor lighting fixture. These vintage shutters can be used anywhere in your home!

How To Create Shutter Lighting Fixture Perfect For Any Space.

What’s needed!

  • 2 Exterior shutters
  • Paint remover
  • Sander
  • White chalk paint
  • Lighting fixture

Step 1: Remove the old green paint from shutters.

This is a bit tough because the paint has been on these shutters for over 100 years! I had to use two coats to remove the paint.

Removing the paint: How To Create Shutter Lighting Fixture Perfect For Any Space.

Step 2: Wash off the paint remover.

Dry the shutters and let dry in the sun for a day. After the majority of the old paint has been removed, I sanded the shutters until the original wood shows through.

How To Create Shutter Lighting Fixture Perfect For Any Space: sanding the shutter

Step 3: Apply the chalk paint.

For old shutters, it will require two coats. Of course, you can use any color paint you want and it does not have to be chalk. I used chalk paint by Amitha Verna is quality paint and it covered the best I have ever seen chalk cover.

How To Create Shutter Lighting Fixture Perfect For Any Space: using chalk paintHow To Create Shutter Lighting Fixture Perfect For Any Space: painting steps

Step 4: Apply Clear Finish.

After you have painted both shutters apply the clear chalk finish. This does protect the paint from yellowing. Use a very clean brush so there are no particles on the newly painted shutter.

Supplies needed for How To Create Shutter Lighting Fixture Perfect For Any Space.

Step 5: Adding the light fixture!

I contacted my electrician friend. He had done another project of my old doors and you can see that project here! This time he was able to slip the wire from the lighting fixture through the slats of the shutters and connect it to a light plate and screw the plate on the back to the shutter. I was happy he did not drill a hole. I was worried that the slats would crack. Again like the doors, there is a long cord that can be used to plug into an outlet.

 How To Create Shutter Lighting Fixture Perfect For Any Space: how to attach the lightHow To Create Shutter Lighting Fixture Perfect For Any Space

As you can see the shutters look amazing on each side of the bed.

How To Create Shutter Lighting Fixture Perfect For Any Space like your bedroom

How To Create Shutter Lighting Fixture Perfect For Any Space.

Lighting Fixture Ideas from WayFair for this Shutter Projects!


  1. I think that is a wonderful idea and it turned out great. Love it!

    1. Glad you enjoyed this project of mine!its one of those projects that is special to me.

  2. Maria this is simply gorgeous. That certainly was a lot of work to get the old paint off but it was worth it.

    1. It was work, I tired to paint over the shutter and it looked awful and messy! One lady in our group gave me heck for it!lol I told her that if I did not buy these that they be thrown in the corner somewhere, so I am giving it new life.

  3. Maria, I just adore this. It is super creative and adds so much to the room…both in form and function!

  4. I’m sooooo jealous Maria. I’ve been wanting something like this for our bedroom since forever. It turned out absolutely gorgeous, worth ever second of all that hard work you put in.

  5. I have a severe weakness for shutters. I just can’t pass them up. I love how you have used them for the sconces. Brilliant idea.


  6. Lovely project, and those sconces are so pretty! Did you distress the shutters after you painted them? I tried to go look at the other project that you added lighting to, but the link didn’t seem to be working?

  7. Fun project, Maria!!! Of course I pinned it to my Ethereal Lighting and my DIY Projects board but I also grabbed the paint for Perfect Paint, because so many times I like to refer back to whatever everybody was working on at the time and I know I’ll find your project somehow! Glad you are having fun with these lighting projects. The door one was fun, too.

    Barb 🙂

    1. Hello Sweet friend! Thanks for pinning these posts! I am working on something that I think you will love! Hopefully I will get it done this weeK. Have fun.

  8. This is a wonderfully inventive use for the shutters, and clearly a bit of a labor of love. They’re a lovely accent in your bedroom. Hello from the Hearth & Soul link party!

  9. OH HOW I LOVE ME SOME OLD SHUTTERS!! These came out so lovely!!

  10. What a change! I’ve only used paint stripper once, and it was a total pain. You did a fantastic job turning the shutters into light fixtures. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

    1. Its a paint using paint striper, I try not to do it to much
      Thanks for stopping by. Maria

  11. Looks absolutely stunning and there is nothing like the satisfaction of knowing you made it yourself. Thanks for sharing on To Grandma’s House We Go!

    1. Its been very rewarding making this lighting fixture!
      thanks so much for the nice comment.

  12. What a great project idea! Thanks so much for sharing it! Coming at you from The Blogger’s Pitstop

  13. I love how you use the shutters with your lighting fixture. It adds a little extra visual interest to the wall and hides the cords too. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday. Pinned.

  14. Jann Olson says:

    Love how this project turned out. So cute by the side of the bed! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  15. This was such a good idea and look great in your bedroom! Thank you for sharing on Party in Your PJ’s.

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    1. Thanks so much! Glad you enjoy the shutter wall decor, its one of my favorites.

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