Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Shutters That Shine


From Oh So Hideous!


To Hello Gorgeous!

I love how they turned out! 

This was a 6 part process but well worth it!

Here's the breakdown:

I used a flat brown spray paint and gave them 2 good coats.  Then I used this deocrative crackle glaze. 

This stuff can be a little tricky.  If you apply it with a paint brush you get really large thick cracks.  I used a wash cloth and just dabbed small amounts here and there... not over the entire surface.  It gives it a less dramatic effect. 

See where it's wet?... that's the crackle glaze!

Once that dried I applied an antiquing glaze all over.  Just use an old brush and work it into the surface until it dries while you're brushing.

Next I used Valspar decorative glaze in Burnt Sienna.

A little goes a long way... so use sparingly.  Just apply with a brush and work it into the wood.

Then after that dried I used my custom black glaze:  3 parts clear glaze to 1 part black paint.  Again, a little goes a long way.  You can add more if you want a darker look... but this step is just to creat a little shadowing effect.

And finally, to give it the distressed look I used 100 grit sandpaper and randomly sanded down the corners and edges. 

To doll up the ensemble I used my favorite thrift store finds and created an expensive look for under $20!

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  1. Wow! I love! I am so glad I found your blog!

  2. Saw you on Vintage Revivals....these shutters are awesome! Love the finish you gave them!

  3. I have a party on Wednesday called Anything Goes, I would love it you shared this.


    Thanks Tammy

  4. love it- found you from sunday showcase linky. im following now! Check out my blog if you have some extra time. krazycraftylady.blogspot.com


  5. I love how you repainted the shutters! I might have to try that to the four that I have stashed in the garage waiting for me to do something with them. :)

  6. Thanks for sharing this at my party! I love how these shutters turned out. Great job.

  7. Thanks for the great comments! The glazing is so easy... it's having patience during the drying time that gets me! I set the fan on to help speed up the process :)

  8. Love the finish on these shutters. I am working hard at doing better with finishes so thanks for explaining your method. They look great!

  9. Beautiful!! You did a Fantastic Job!!

  10. Very nice! Love the distressing. If you ever want to change the look, you could take out the shutter parts and replace with mirrors.

  11. I love shutters and am doing a future post on creative shutters. I'll include this and give you credit, of course.
    Great Blog!

  12. Love shutters. I own several as well! Great blog. Come by and visit sometime!

  13. This looks so great. what an improvement.


  14. Found you through Debbie! I'm a "newbie" too :) The shutters look great! Looking forward to seeing your future projects...

  15. WOW! They look wonderful. Yes, I would say it was well worth all the work you put into it. Have a great day, Vicky

  16. Hi Jennifer...great job on the shutters! I love the wreath too. I found you at Debbie's and am following you now. I'm looking forward to exploring your blog...looks like I can learn alot. Come visit my blog if you have time. Nice to meet you! ~Ann

  17. Jennifer love how the shutters turned out and I love how you used them. Great job, Martina

    Just became a follower!

  18. Great job! I love the new look of the shutters!!

    I'm here from Debbiedoo's party and am your newest follower.

    Have a great day.

  19. The finish if fantastic!! That's alot of steps...but I think I may try a few of them next time I work on a piece of furniture...thanks! :)

  20. These look great! Years ago, I passed up a big set of shutters at a yard sale for a bargain. I always think of it when I see something creative like this. Great job! Just found your blog via Debbie's newbie party. I'm your newest follower and would be delighted to have you follow me back.
    Have a great day!

  21. I love shutters and buy lots of old ones every time I find them at thrift and salvage shops. Yours look great!! Thanks for the tip and welcome newbie, you are doing a great job. I am your newest follower. I hope you'll stop by for a visit sometime.

    Susan and Bentley

  22. Absolutely darling! What a beautiful piece of salvage art! I just took some old shutters and created a beach vignette too- love how yours came out! Stopping by from DIY-now following-nice to meet you! :)

  23. I love your shutters! I have a shutter thing going on too. My hubby asked me how many shutters did I need? I said too many to COUNT! It's a love thing! hahahaha...
    great post and great project!

  24. Fabulous!!!


  25. These look just great! I love shutters for decoration. Really good job.

  26. Too cute!! I love me some shutters!

  27. wow this is so cool,, I'm your newest follower,,happy newbie paty,,

  28. I love what you did to these doors.