Thursday

Shutter fun!

Saw this in one of my recent magazines (I ripped the page out, of GoodHousekeeping) but loved the idea. You take old weathered shutters and create a side table or plant stand. What you need 4 shutters the same size (or really you could use two and cut them in half) Then eight wooden canvas stretchers (from craft store) 16 screws and a piece of glass for the top.

Instructions:
  1. Stand all four shutters up and form the table shape; The four shutters together will make a square base.
  2. Grab a friend to hold the shutters in place, then measure the width of one shutter.
  3. Take that square measurement and purchase 8 art stretchers of the same or slightly larger measurement (stretcher measurement can be slightly larger, it just means the top will extend beyond the sides a bit).
  4. Piece the stretchers together to form two square shapes; one for the base, and one for the top of the table.
  5. Standing the shutters up vertically, place the frame on top of the four shutters.
  6. Drill 2 screws (evenly spaced on each side) through the frame and into the top edge of the shutter to hold firm. Repeat on the other three sides.
  7. Turn the shutter over, and repeat the previous step.
  8. Finish the wood stretchers with the same paint or stain as the shutter.
  9. Have a glass store cut a 1/4-inch piece of glass for the tabletop that will fit inside the canvas stretcher’s beveled edge.
 

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