Repurposed Shutter Fence

After creating a neat little garden room that we aptly named “The Nook”, we realized that to really be a ‘nook’ it needed more privacy. {It sat right beside the property line.}  A few years earlier when visiting some friends I noticed a huge stack of shutters by the road—they were renovating the outside of their home and throwing out the old shutters.   EEEEEEKKKKKK!   Throwing out!!????  I immediately loaded them into the car and hauled them home—not knowing at the time what I’d do with them; but I knew it would be fun! :)

So, here we are needing Nook privacy–and a shed full of wooden shutters.  Handsome went out and purchased four 4 x 4 posts, hinged the shutters together; and after cementing the posts in the ground nailed our hinged shutter fence to them!  We are not sure why our friends had two different colors of shutters on the outside of their house??  White for some, gray for the others…….. BUT, didn’t matter to us, because we painted them a wonderful French blue.  {We painted the other side a bark color to blend in with the trees—since this was the side facing our neighbors.  We weren’t sure they would be as excited about the French blue as we were.  In fact, we know that they wouldn’t be.}

So, if you come across (or already have!) some old wooden shutters—have fun making a little nook for yourself!

Before they were painted:

….and her is the finished product:

Here’s what you need to make a fence out of old shutters:

*  as many shutters as you would like the fence long–we have 10-6 feet hight shutters

*  4 x 4 posts (that are 2 feet taller than your shutters)—about 1 every 3-4 shutters (depending on the width of your shutters)

*  2 sets of hinges for each set of shutters

*  nails/screw to attach shutters to posts

*  cement for posts

1.  Paint the back side of the shutters—once installed you will not be able to get to this side! (Be aware of any neighbors that may not be as excited about your nook as you are–so, be considerate in your color choices for their side. :) )

2.  Measure off how many feet apart you will need a post, dig a hole that is 2′ deep, put post in, fill with cement.  When dry, cover with dirt.

3.  Attach shutters together with hinges—make sure the ‘hinge’ is on the back side, spread out flat

4.  Once cement has dried—usually 24 hours—attach shutter sections to posts using nails or screws. (Screws are a bit more sturdy for this project, but nails will work just fine.)

5.  Paint your side of the fence!  {When we painted ours–we didn’t make it opaque, we wanted a weathered look.  That is hard to see in the pictures—if that is the look you are looking for it will only take one coat.)

6.  Cozy up your Nook with furniture, plants, walkways, etc.

7.  Sit and listen to birdsong while sipping your coffee!

In the Nook~

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    • says

      Oh—I LOVE old doors! What a great idea. Now, I wonder if a friend might be throwing out a bunch of old doors? The lightbulbs are going………

  1. says

    This is super!! Our house sits in the front of our lot (like most houses) but our neighbors sits on the back side of her lot. She has no back yard so her dogs get tied to a post on long ropes when they are outside…my dog has yet to take to them in a nice way. She also has her garbage cans within 15 feet of our patio…multiple cats + multiple dogs = super stinky garbage in the summer! I am doing this ASAP!! :)

    Oh, love the french blue!!

    • says

      That would be a great idea! Neighbors! Sometimes they end up being great character development. :) Another reader had a great idea—to use doors! I love that! Let me know how it goes!

    • says

      It’s Valspar from Lowe’s. I actually took a sample of the top of a spray can color that I liked…called French Country Blue and had them mix it to match. :) I’ll check to see if I can read the label and post the paint coding on the blog post.

  2. says

    Hopping over from Censational Girls Outdoor Party. Hope you enjoy my ‘patio time’ post. (link #205)

    Love this idea and what a lovely shade of blue. Very fun.


  3. says

    Love this- and love the pop of blue on your shutters- adds so much to your space! Thank you for lining up to Feathered Nest Friday~ Hope you will come back and share again soon! :) Have a great weekend!

  4. Jennifer says

    Awesome idea! I’m modifying it and going to use old louvered doors as I can’t find shutters tall enough. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. says

    HI – What a cool idea and so dramatic! What a beautiful difference – thanks for sharing!

    Am visiting from the hop and am your Newest Follower!
    Love all your creations – will check out more of them!

    Happy Monday!

    beachside cottage


  1. […] It has totally changed the look of the whole room—and it’s much easier to get into the closet.  What can you do with the louvered doors that you take down, you say?  Why not turn them into a great fence like this! […]

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