Instagram YouTube Pinterest Facebook
Before you buy, DIY! Our DIY projects will inspire you to take a new look at items you might already own or that you spot at the local flea market. Whether you are an expert or just starting out, this collection of DIY tutorials will have you feeling empowered to tackle your own projects in no time. Make sure you share your creations with us using #decoartprojects for a chance to be featured.

Upcycled Thrift Store Shutter Organizer

By: Thrifty and Chic
December 12, 2018

print Pinterest
Upcycled Thrift Store Shutter Organizer
Pinterest Logo

I need organization in my house like crazy. I have piles of mail all over. It sometimes gets overwhelming so I knew I needed to try to remedy the problem. 

I found a set of 2 shutters at my local thrift store for $10 and knew exactly what to do with them! Plus, I'm only using half of one for this project, so there are lots of other possibilities for the other pieces. 

Items needed:

  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics 2oz - Night Sky
  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics 2oz - Canary
  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics 2oz - Cotton Ball
  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics 2oz - Flamingo
  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics 2oz - Dolphin
  • Shutters (mine are 12x24 inches finished)
  • D-ring
  • Decorative accessories and clips


Instruction #1 - IMG 3696edit
Pinterest Logo
Instruction #2 - IMG 3977edit
Pinterest Logo

I divided the slats and decided to do two slats each for the Night Sky, Canary, Flamingo and Dolphin. Since there was an odd number of slats, I placed Cotton Ball in the middle with just one slat. 

My first step was to paint the first two slats Night Sky. 

Instruction #3 - IMG 3700edit
Pinterest Logo

Then the next two with Canary.

Instruction #4 - IMG 3703edit
Pinterest Logo

Then the middle one with Cotton Ball.

Instruction #5 - IMG 3718edit
Pinterest Logo

I painted the next two Flamingo.

Instruction #6 - IMG 3720edit
Pinterest Logo

And the last two were painted Dolphin.

Instruction #7 - IMG 3722edit
Pinterest Logo

I made sure to do at least two coats on all the paint colors and I tilted each slat to get some color onto the edges.

Next, I finished off the frame with Cotton Ball. I made sure to move the slats and worked around them to get all the white on the inside.

Instruction #8 - IMG 3949edit
Pinterest Logo

When everything was dried, I screwed in a D-ring into the back middle.

Instruction #9 - IMG 3979edit
Pinterest Logo

The shutters I bought were 4 feet long, and I didn't need that much space, so I cut it in half with my jigsaw. I then added these little clips to the bottom.

Instruction #10 - IMG 3982edit
Pinterest Logo

I also finished off the top with a decorative metal piece.

Instruction #11 - IMG 3995edit
Pinterest Logo

The possibilities are endless with these shutters! I have about three more pieces I can now play around with. Knowing the amount of mail I get, it might be a good idea to make at least a few more of these.

Instruction #12 - IMG 3984edit
Pinterest Logo

Be sure to visit Thrifty and Chic  for more projects and to learn more about Alicia.


Great idea! I so wish that I could find a pair of old or new and cheap wood shutters. I've been looking for a while but have not found anything at the price I want to pay.

Naomi S

December 12, 2018

Love this DIY i need one of these

ava gavloski

December 12, 2018

I have similar shutters however when a card was place in the louvers, the louvers would move. How can I stabilize the louvers. Thank you.


December 13, 2018

Leave a comment: