Monday, January 6, 2014

Easy Indoor Shutters

Right before Christmas, I had a huge burst of energy, and started trying to tackle a lot of projects around the house.  I wanted to share one of those projects with you today.

We have a mudroom right inside our back door.  It's also the door we use all of the time.   Most of our friends and family also use that door as well.  I love having the mudroom, and I am pretty sure it use to be a patio between the house and the garage.   There is one thing I dislike about the room.  Because it is  an add on, there is that awkward inside window that I have never been sure what to do with.   I have been searching for wood shutters with character for a while that would fit the window.  Most of the ones I loved were more than I wanted to spend for this project.  I am not really handy enough with power tools yet to make my own.  (I hope to change that this year)
I found these on Amazon:

They were just under 80.00 for the pair, and had the look I wanted.  They were suppose to just be hung on the wall.  I had another plan for them though.  The width was perfect; however, the height was off a little.  I did have to get a little creative after all.  These were still a time saver and problem solver for me.  Yes, I could have just put up curtains like I did on the other side in the laundry room, (Ignore the ugly shot of the treadmill) but I wanted something different since that is the first thing you see when you walk in our back door.
 Because the height of the shutters weren't exactly right, I used some trim we had in the garage and added a couple pieces at the top staggered, and one piece at the bottom.  I really just cut them to fit snug, and gave them a little tap into place with a hammer.
I used normal hinges to hang the shutters.  I did have to break out the masonry drill bit for this part. 
So much better, and if we need to, we can swing them open.  
The rustic look fits the look of my mudroom perfectly.  Completely eclectic, just like I like it!
I have to give credit to one of the very first blogs I ever discovered for the old gate coat hanger.  Donna at Funky Junk Interiors was my inspiration for this piece.  I saw hers and searched until I found one similar.  So, thanks to her for the inspiration on that piece.  
I've also added a few things I got during Christmas, the All You Need dog sign, and the sweet little birds  I nestled into some moss and put on top of a candle holder. 
 I also have a couple of other favorite things in my mudroom, the piece of art I purchased for 5.00 at an antique store, and my Father-In-law made the frame from old wood and painted it gold.  I love the look of the old wood with the shiny gold paint.  The price tag was still on the back of the picture.  It came from Wacker's, and was a whole $1.49.
I'm pleased with how my project turned out, and I think it adds just the right look to the room.  The only thing I may do is age out the trim pieces.  I just haven't decided yet.  What do you think???
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15 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, these are fabulous. What a creative and genius idea. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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    1. Thank you so much Marty! Thank you for hosting.
      Happy New Year,
      Heather

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  2. Love those shutters! Great find on your painting! The love the mix of items you have in this room.
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

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    1. Thank you Patty. Thanks so much for stopping by!
      Heather

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  3. Oh my... what a cool entry! LOVING the gate! Very funky with a ton of personality that room sure has! Love the layered metal on the wood too, very cool idea! Well done, and thanks so much for the mention! :)

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    1. Donna,
      Thanks so much for the inspiration! Thank you for your sweet comment!
      Happy New Year!
      Heather

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  4. What a fabulous solution. I love it. You did such a great job with your trim. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  5. I also have a window inside similar to this. thanks for the idea! I remember shopping at Wackers as a child with my Mom, thanks for the memories!

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment. I'm so glad to have helped with your inside window. Aren't they awkward? I don't think Wackers even exists anymore?
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Heather

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  6. Wow, they look wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...GREAT JOB!!!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    1. Thanks Cindy! Thanks so much for hosting!
      Have a great week!
      Heather

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  7. They look great Heather. Thanks for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday.

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  8. Those shutters look gorgeous! I have to agree with you that they do complete the overall rustic feel you're going for on that window. Now you have really classy and stylish window shutters to complement your lovely home. 

    Greg Arnett

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  9. Shutters are such an important element to the outside of a home...adore the third image!! Can't wait to follow on your building process ~ Pleated Shades

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  10. So cute. Thanks for sharing your ideas. I'm not very creative on my own, but thanks to folks who are willing to share their creations, I can sort of "copy" it and it usually comes out very nice.
    Lynn

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