DIY Upcycled Shutter Key Rack
This is a great tutorial on turning an unused and discarded window shutter and turn it into this useful and beautiful key rack!
Michelle is back with another amazing DIY post! Take it away Michelle… A couple of weeks ago I was chasing my two-year-old son around the backyard when something caught my eye. Behind our shed were several old window shutters. I am sure they had been sitting there since the day we moved into our house four years ago. I enjoy repurposing old things and immediately the ideas began swirling around in my head on what to do with it. It didn’t take me long to decide I was going to turn it into a key rack.
My husband comes home from work every night and lays his keys on the kitchen counter and it drives me a little crazy. I was going to create a special place for them with this shutter!
Here’s what you need:
Here’s what you will do:
When I found my shutters they were pretty dirty. I made sure to wipe them over with a damp cloth. Once they were clean and dry, I was ready to begin the transformation. I love the distressed look and decided to use it on this project. The easiest way to get this look is with petroleum jelly. Simply wipe a thin layer of it where you want the distressed look to be. I really focused on the corners of my shutter.
Once you have the petroleum jelly where you want the distressing to be, you are ready to spray paint the shutter. I chose Rustoleum Paint in Heirloom White. Spray a couple of even coats on your shutter. You will notice the “spots” where you put the petroleum jelly. Let the paint dry for at least an hour.
Here comes the fun part (at least for me, it is), it is time to distress! All you have to do is wipe the areas where you put the petroleum jelly with a rag. The paint will not dry over the petroleum jelly so it should wipe away pretty easily. Continue to do this until you are satisfied with the distressed look.
You are now ready to affix your hooks. I bought coat hooks for about three bucks from Walmart. Simply screw the hooks in at the bottom of your shutter where you want your keys to hang.
The last step is to hang your new shutter key rack by your door and begin using it! I’m sure this will be a piece in your home that you will talk about with your friends!
And that is how you turn an unused and discarded window shutter into this useful and beautiful key rack! Isn’t this fabulous? Be sure to check out Michelle’s other posts, DIY Custom Monogram Frame and DIY Chalkboard Planters. I’ve seen some awesome old shutters at antique and thrift stores if you don’t have one lying around your yard! What would you use this for if it was in your home?