July 17, 2011

Shutter Planter

As I wrote before, I had a big dilemma when I decided to center the plywood decoration on the wall, instead of above the toilet.  It left this awkward gap to the right of my toilet.

I originally thought of a tall vase.  I went to Target, but their tall vases were a minimum of $30.  Since I wanted to keep this thrifty, those weren’t a great option.

I then went to ReStore, looking for a tall vase there.  No such luck ๐Ÿ™  Then I decided to look for a very small end table to re-do…but none of them were small enough.

I was starting to feel discouraged, when I had one of those “lightbulb moments”.  AHA!  I went to ReStore’s giant pile of shutters, and found two sets of matching hinged shutters:

I cleaned them off, and then gave them a light coat of spray primer:

Then I pieced them together so they made a box, and nailed them together.  I only put two nails in the top and two in the bottom.  It’s sturdy, but not indestructible.  Since I was only making a decorative piece, I didn’t bother making it more sturdy.

I then spray-painted the whole outside with 2 coats of Krylon’s “Sun Yellow” spray paint.  It’s BRIGHT…which was exactly what I was looking for in this space!
Now, this isn’t a true “planter”.  I bought these tall reeds from Target for $9.99.  When I put them in the shutter box, they just didn’t come up high enough.  
This is where I got “creative”.  I put a layer of 4 paint cans in the bottom…and then put a tall glass vase I had in my closet…and put the reeds in that vase.  I put some rattan balls around the reeds until they stood up the way I wanted them to.
And…final product…
I was SO excited to see how it fills the space next to the toilet perfectly!!  

Cost of this project:

Shutters: $6.40
Reeds: $9.99
Spray Paint: on hand

Total Cost: $16.39

To see the whole bathroom makeover for under $25…click here!

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  1. So creative! That project really did turn out great!

  2. Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims says:

    girl, this is SO COOL. Can I come thrifting with you something and see how your mind works?? haha I would have never thought shutters to planter, but it looks so great!

  3. TheCraftInMe says:

    The planter is awesome, very creative, looks fantastic!

  4. Such a great idea! It looks awesome…now I want to see a picture of your whole bathroom – I like the looks of that artwork too.

  5. Quite the cute idea!

  6. Dana from Our Life's Legacy says:

    Great idea! I would never have thought to do that ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Kari @ Beautiful Inspirations says:

    Just getting a chance to catch up on your blog today. My goodness! I LOVE the colorful ideas you've added to your bathroom. The shutter planter is genius!

  8. The Uncluttered Lifestyle says:

    Have u been rummaging thru my garage. I have the same shutters. too bad I didn't think of repurposing mine like that. Very creative!

  9. Love it! What a fun idea!

  10. Thanks for linking up! I'll be featuring this on my blog tomorrow!



  11. A-MAZ-ING! Love the colors! And I'm a little obsessed with shutters!

  12. HI THERE! says:

    So original!! I love it! I have been trying to figure out where to get some old shutters around her – I'll have to try harder now!
    Jenn ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Love it!!! Love the bright yellow.

  14. Love the look of this! The combination of the texture of the shutters and the bright yellow paint is fabulous!

  15. Wow – as a fan of old shutters, I think this is a terrific project. I have a skinny spot in my bathroom that I would like to fill. Think I need a trip to the Restore!

    Would love for you to share this project on our All Stars Block Party blog hop – if you post on one blog, you’ll be seen on 5!!



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