10 ways to use reclaimed shutters in the garden

Recycling old shutters in the garden

The design and slatted pattern of cast off shutters need not be wasted  but put to use in the garden in many varied projects that can add dimension and texture. Shutters can be painted or left with a chipped paint finish. You’ll find out how to find shutters and how to preserve them once in the garden.

Laura Wilke says, “Upcycled shutters and purple spray paint - Fun!”

Laura Wilke says, “Upcycled shutters and purple spray paint – Fun!”

 

Patricia Sharp faux windows shutters

Patricia Sharp faux windows shutters

Patricia  Sharp says, “Found this in a dumpster, brushed off the loose paint and dirt, and planted some flowers. It’s hanging on the back of my house.”

Where to find shutters:
Thrift shops and yard sales are good, but noticing when a remodeling project is taking place n the neighborhood can be a bonanza for an observant  garden junker.
When people replace shutters, they completely lose interest in their value, so don’t be afraid to ask!  Trash day is when I found all of my shutters.  No, I’m not that proud!

Shutters as garden ‘backgrounds’

Backgrounds in the garden or outside of the house are important to a Flea Market Gardener as they form a somewhat neutral against which we can arrange others things. Here are a few examples of the solid but textured color they lend.

Annie Steen's shutter forms a background for a porch vignette

Annie Grossart-Steen’s shutters forms a background for a porch vignette

Annie Steen says, “The side porch. I made the flag and birdhouse~ and love working with old Barn louvers as backgrounds…

 

Tanya Goldsmith turquoise shutters set off other gem-like details.

Tanya Goldsmith turquoise shutters set off other gem-like details

Tanya Goldsmith,  of Blondeponders Garden and Duck tales, says, “Here’s a small patch of herbs and potted tomatoes and peppers with my yard sale shutters and fireplace piece I painted…they were black… and blue bottles grow like weeds around here.”

 

Brenda Krantz says, “It's fun creating something lovely out of items that otherwise might end up in a landfill!”

Brenda Krantz says, “It’s fun creating something lovely out of items that otherwise might end up in a landfill!”

Preserving shutters in the garden
When shutters contact the bare ground, they, of course, deteriorate, so prop them up on a board, set of concrete stepping stonesor stake them off the ground slightly.  You may want to bring them in in Winter if you can and if you have room.
Paint surfaces with primer and good exterior paint …or with Marine varnish when keeping a rustic or chippy paint finish.  Thompson’s Water Seal can be used as well.

 

Heather Benton's garden junk shutters

Heather Benton’s garden junk shutters

 

 MA-Ria Héischreibèr's neutral colored but very unique shutters form a faux window.
MA-Ria Héischreibèr’s neutral colored but very unique shutters form a faux window.

 Shutter art projects

Jeanne Sammons's shutter birdhouse

Jeanne Sammons’s shutter birdhouse

Jeanne Sammons says, “ If you love birdhouses, here is one that is fairly simple to duplicate. Get out your drill, screw gun and saw! Materials list to build this recycled ‘Shutter Birdhouse is old recycled barnwood, Flea Market shutters, recycled metal roof and a headboard rail split in half lengthwise. It’s still looking good and being used but a critter has chewed thru the shutter on one side.  The birds love this one out in the pines for a few years now.

 

Sue Gerdes's shutter art

Sue Gerdes’s shutter art

Sue Gerdes of Flea2Fab, tells us, “Last years snowman on a shutter. Scarf and head band and buttons and clay carrot nose and branch, pine cones. I like things looking three dimensional.”

Nell Stelzer's shutter snowman

Nell Stelzer’s shutter snowman

Nell Stelzer says, “This was a project I worked on today. I had six old inside shutters, I removed the hardware so they are single shutters. I saw one inDelaware this summer at a great craft and gift store but did not want to pay the price they wanted. I took a picture and created it. I used a wired ribbon that looked like a scarf, I frayed the edges and used the same ribbon for a hat band.”

Shutter art can be of any subject,..a pine tree, flowers,…any theme or motif you choose and for any season.

 

I installed shutters and shelves on the shed

I installed shutters and shelves on the shed to add detail and texture. ~~ Sue

Here’s my own potting bench area after we added the window, shutters and shelves. We used the black brackets I found in a junk box and luckily there were four. It was fun then to set it all up with all the pots and tools. I can really use this area when before it was just a catch-all for ‘bad’ junk.  ~~ Sue Langley

A window and shutters form a nice background for my workstation!

More Garden Shutters:

Upcycling old shutters in the garden

Myra’s shutter garden angel

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