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Shutters keep prying eyes out of your home, but if you want all eyes on your decor, shutters can come in handy there, too. Old shutters are a surprisingly versatile craft material and you can repurpose them without much effort. These crafts are just a few ways you can turn old shutters into something unexpected and chic.

6 Old Shutter Crafts That Are Surprisingly Chic

If you like a headboard with height, Layla Palmer’s clever use of old shutter doors here should appeal to you. The coastal cottage vibe is perfect for quaint country havens and sunny beach houses alike. Find all the DIY instructions here.

6 Old Shutter Crafts That Are Surprisingly Chic

If your ceilings are a touch lower or you’re working with hurricane shutters, this pretty headboard from DIY Network’s Blog Cabin 2013 is a fabulous alternative look. The white and blue palette really emphasizes the headboard’s easy breezy feel.

6 Old Shutter Crafts That Are Surprisingly Chic

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Got plastic shutters instead of wooden ones? No problem! This raised bed planter, also from DIY Network, makes great use of a wooden pallet and old plastic shutters. (If you’re not sure what to plant inside, I’m sure HGTVGardens has some ideas to get you started.)

6 Old Shutter Crafts That Are Surprisingly Chic

This shutter’s length and shape makes it a natural fit for a console table surface. It’s a subtle way to add interest to your living room and looks great piled with books, plants and decorative objects. Make your own with Layla Palmer’s tutorial.

6 Old Shutter Crafts That Are Surprisingly Chic

Curb paper clutter in a pleasing way with this idea from Holly Marsh. Hang an old shutter next to your door and use the slats to corral the mail. Clothespins and hooks keep pictures, flyers, coupons and keys within arms reach when you’re flying out the door.

6 Old Shutter Crafts That Are Surprisingly Chic

Designer Kathleen Perkins placed beautifully-carved shutters in a stairwell to stand in for plain old railing. These shutters may have a different look (they’re Balinese), but I can picture this working with whatever shutter style you may have on hand.

Which old shutter craft caught your eye? And do you have any more brilliant uses for old shutters? Share them in the comments below!

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    I make phone boards out of them. Take 1 section of shutter and paint or stain . Put small adhesive labels on underside of each slat with Name, Phone #, and address of people you know. Hang on wall by phone !

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    I really like the sofa table ! A piece of glass on the top would take it over the top.

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