Today on my way home from work I had decided I was going to take another day off from doing things around the house, because it was oh so relaxing to just lay around yesterday. By the time I got home though, I was already antsy and thinking about what I could get done before Matt got home.
It’s rainy and cold out so (since Matt wasn’t home to tell me not to) I laid so tarps out in the living room, got out my shutters and spray paint, and began a project! I’ve seen a handful of pictures on homeowner blogs and Pinterest of people who painted shutters and hung them up on their walls as mail holders and decorations, and I fell in love with the look.
Several weeks ago I went to the Habitat for Humanity Restore and bought 3 wooden shutters for $8 each (which is a bargain). I picked up a can of spraypaint at Walmart for 97 cents figuring I should just buy one to test it out and then go back for more if the project was a success.
The shutters are just plain wood, they didn’t need to be sanded. Since I’m spraypainting them black I decided they didn’t need to be primed either, though I’m not sure that was the right decision. They’re each only about two feet long, so they’re smaller then standard window size but perfect for hanging above my living room couch. Luckily they don’t have any knicks or knots in them, and they’re brand new. I opted to spraypaint rather then use regular paint because in the end result I’ll need to tuck photo frames into the slats, and I didn’t want anything to jam up the space between each one.
The first coat didn’t come out so hot, partly because I’m pretty sure I didn’t buy the right kind of spraypaint and partly because I’ve never spraypainted anything before. But, it didn’t look terrible, so I set out my other two tarps and set to work on the others.
Here are my three shutters each in different stages: lefty there has two coats of spray, middle has none, and right has one. You can see by the second coat things have improved a lot, but still aren’t great. However, by the second coat I also realized I didn’t have nearly enough ventilation going on so I was a little slap happy from the fumes.
Currently, my shutters each have two coats of paint and look like they’ll need about two more each before they’re done. I’m still on my one can of spray paint, and I think it might get the whole job done. I may also spray a shiny sealant on them as well, but am waiting until they dry completely to decide. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have a finished project to share with you!
In the meantime though, check out these adorable TJ Maxx finds: