Blog Swap w/ Brown Paper Packages

Hello, I heart naptime readers!!
I’m Kierste, from brown paper packages, and I’m delighted to be here. Jamielyn has such a darling blog, with so many fun ideas to share. Thanks so much for letting me take over today!

I have a great project to share with you today. If you haven’t ever been to a Habitat Re-store, find one in your area and go check it out…soon! It is a treasure trove–full of items just ready to be refinished, recycled, and refurbished. I could spend hours there (and I do!), just browsing and imagining all the fantastic projects that are possible.

A few weeks ago, I found the most fabulous shutters for $8, and then it was just a matter of deciding where I wanted them to go. Since I was in the process of decorating the laundry room, and there was a big empty wall that needed to be filled, I thought it would be the perfect spot.

Drab to Fab Shutters

My computer died a few days ago, and although I have a new one up and running, all of my before and process pictures are gone for now (hopefully to be recovered later), so I’m sorry I don’t have any to show you today! The shutters actually started out as a cream color, which saved me a ton of time, plus a couple coats of paint. I wanted them to be black, but with some cream showing through, along with the wood. Here’s what I did:

1. Wiped down the shutters to remove dust, lint, and cobwebs.

2. I sprayed them black, using Rustoleum’s flat black spray paint. It took one full coat, with some touch-ups.

3. Next came the power sander. I was pretty liberal on these shutters, taking quite a bit of the black paint off until I could see the cream showing through, and in some spots clear down to the original wood.

4. Once I was finished sanding, I took a lint-free cloth and dusted them off well. Normally this is when I would use a stain to give it an even more aged look (Minwax Dark Walnut), but it actually didn’t need it. For further aging, a hammer & chains work well to get some dents and chips in it.

5. Done! I hung them on the wall, then added the wreath. I love it!


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial today–it was a pleasure to be here. Please stop by brown paper packages and say hi…I would love to see you!

Thanks so much for having me, Jamielyn!


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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Van posted on June 18, 2010 at 6:27 am (#

    Beautiful work, it looks almost sculptural on the wall!

  2. The Brownings posted on June 18, 2010 at 7:23 am (#

    Love this idea. Heading over to check out your blog now!

  3. Cheryl posted on June 18, 2010 at 8:14 am (#

    I purchased some shutters just for doing this project and from no other than Habitat for Humanity too. LOL. It will be awhile before mine are complete though. I'll be checking out your blog. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Posh Play posted on June 18, 2010 at 9:06 am (#

    New friend from New Friend Friday!

  5. Ma What's 4 dinner posted on June 18, 2010 at 9:16 am (#

    So stunning! And I want to make some of those blocks that I see all over your adorable site! New follower in the house from Follow me Friday! Would love for you to return the favor. Hope to hear from you soon.

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner

  6. Amanda K @ Every Crafty Endeavor posted on June 18, 2010 at 9:34 am (#

    I love these! What a cute idea – now I need to find me some shutters!! I even love the little wreath too! and now I am going to go tell her that!

  7. Paula@One Mom's Corner of the World posted on June 18, 2010 at 10:51 am (#

    This is really cool! I'm visiting from New Friend Friday. I signed up to be a new follower.

  8. Sunshine of Seven posted on June 18, 2010 at 11:02 am (#

    This project turned out Beautiful! Thanks for the Tutorial! I love Spray Paint, it is so handy, and making things look rustic is so fun!

  9. Jacqueline posted on June 18, 2010 at 11:27 pm (#

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful tutorial. The shutters are beautiful and such a great "piece". Love the picture of the chocolate sundae. It made my mouth water. I am visiting from New Friend Friday, and your title caught my attention. Come visit me.

  10. Daphne posted on June 19, 2010 at 4:29 am (#

    Hello! I'm your newest follower and you have an awesome blog (with a great title too!)

    So many cute ideas I may have to try :) Have a great weekend!!!