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!
- 2 Exterior shutters
- Paint remover
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As you can see the shutters look amazing on each side of the bed.
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