Wednesday, February 15, 2012

An unfinished project....part one...

Hi Everyone!  Happy Wednesday.  Yesterday was my day off.  The weather wasn't bad so I was able to work out in the shop.  Oh it's been too long since I've had a good shop day.  I made two visits to my local lumber yard.  There are a couple of guys there that are great and make it a point to get me nice boards that are straight and not wonky.

So I'm working on about five projects at once.  And unfortunately, I don't have any completed projects to share with you.  But I thought I would show you one of the projects that I started yesterday.  Have you seen the Pottery Barn catalog lately.  I love to look at it.  Not just at the items they have for sale, but the items they have staged in the room too.  In fact, it's usually these items that I get most excited by.  As was the case with the most recent catalog.
Pottery Barn
Have you seen this page in the catalog?  The two things that draw my eye and my attention are not for sale.  It's the two shutters.  I love the color of them.  I love the size of them.  They make a statement.  So while I was out in the shop today, I was thinking about those shutters.

I came back inside and measured....I live in a farmhouse that was built in the 1880's.  Shutters would be perfect in this house.  I would love to put them up at the picture window instead of the curtains.  And then I turned around and saw the doorway....the doorway I have blocked off.  Despite the age of my home, it is an open floor plan with three archways.  And the new addition is completely open to the original part of the house.  Which is great most of the time, but I'd like to have a few walls.  So I blocked off one of the smaller openings (not one of the archways) with an armoire.  But that means the other side has to look at the back of the armoire which is not very attractive.  I could dress it up or I could cover it up.
 So this is one of the two shutters I put together.  See the curtain.  I had put that up in the doorway so I wouldn't have to see the back side of the armoire, but I don't really like looking at that either.
And there are the two shutters.  I ran out of time painting them.  Partly because I was still trying to work on the other projects and partly because I wasn't sure what color to paint them.  I love the color in the catalog, but that color wouldn't fit into my living room.  So now I'm thinking about painting them white and then distressing them.  Right now they are just sitting on the floor, leaned up against the opening but my idea is to actually hang them and put a couple of eye and hook closures on it.  I'm hoping to have it completed to show you tomorrow.  Would you put something like this in your house?  And how would you paint them?  Thanks for stopping by. 

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  1. I love your inspiration photo. I think the painted shutters are a great way to bring color into a room without too much commitment! Does your room already have plenty of color? Does it need "lightening up"? If so, which will be great. Can't wait to see the finished project.!

  2. What a great idea!! Isn't it great when a small detail in a photo catches your eye like that? Yours look lovely! The white distressed idea sounds gorgeous, I think!


  3. your shutters are going to be fabulous! I hear ya about the 5 projects! I never finish anything. ;)

  4. This is a great project! Love the shutters in the catalog and would definitely do it in my house if I had room. A pop of color is always fun but I distressed white would be so versatile. Looking forward to seeing how they turn out.