repurposing old shutters with home made chalk paint

Having a tendency to hang on to things offers me big possibilities of projects. I was keeping an old pair of shutters that reminded me of saloon doors and repurposed them into accents for the half bath.

I mixed up my home made version of chalk paint with Plaster of Paris and a 8 ounce sample pot of paint from Lowe’s that I got free with a coupon. You can find coupons for a free sample from the summer palette in magazines. For the chalk paint, I mixed together about 1/2 cup of Plaster of Paris with about a cup of paint and kept stirring until it was smooth. If it’s too thick, add water or if too thin add more Plaster of Paris. I don’t think you can mess it up!

chalk paint plaster of paris

The home made chalk paint will dry very flat, just like the real thing. I waxed it with light and dark wax and then roughed it up a bit.

homade chalk paint2

It turned out pretty good and I really love the coral color, Sonora Rose.

homade chalk paint3

Our powder room was made over last year but I never really finished it, or was completely happy with the way it looked. The addition of these shutters in a pop of bright color completes the look now and complements Wythe blue, the wall color from Benjamin Williams

orange shutter towel rack 4

The bird prints from Lowe’s hang from nails on the shutter.

orange shutter

The glass vase is from a thrift store.

orange shutter towel rack 2

The vanity and mirror surround are painted in Annie Sloan Old white.

orange shutter towel rack

I added simple hooks on near the bottom of a shutter for towels or whatever.

orange shutter towel rack 3

That’s how the powder room looks now. I’m sure I’ll play with it a little more but for now I like it.

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I painted the dining room and am moving onto the living room and hallway. So far the hutch got a makeover and there’s a new rug in the living room.

Our garden is growing nicely but I’m afraid we’re about to get a lot of mildew because of all the rain and humidity…we’ll see. So far we’ve harvested  lettuce, sugar peas and onions. Cucumbers will be next and we are anxiously awaiting tomatoes.

I’ll be sharing those projects soon!

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))



  1. I love this, Debra! Oh, the shutter you’ve used to hand the little prints on is a great idea! I might have to copy that one! 😉 The color you used is to pretty too!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  2. That is a wonderful color! It looks beautiful with the blue and the Annie Sloan antique white.

  3. Nice idea, Debra! I love that color. I’m kicking around getting a pair of shutters to hang over the night stands in the guest bedroom and then hanging something on the shutters.

  4. Elizabeth H says:

    Love the shutters and how you used them. Pretty bathroom! Great colors.

  5. Glad I’m not the only one that ends up taking a picture of herself when taking a picture of a mirror. :) Love the project

  6. Help! First, half a cup was way too much, I jused about a quarter and it was super thick. Second, after I thinned it out with water and tried to paint something, it didn’t adhere. Don’t know what I did wrong. Thanks

  7. Vivian Hessom says:

    Thanks for the recipe for the chalk paint, i can’t hardly wait to try it. Your a very talented woman. Thanks again.


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