Repurposed Shutter Storage Space

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Make a garden project from leftover shutters for a unique plant stand that offers storage. Excerpted from "Handmade Garden Projects: Step-by-Step Instructions for Creative Garden Features, Containers, Lighting & More" by Lorene Edwards Forkner, our expert for a week, starting Monday October 8th, this home decor joins a pair of hinged shutters to create a distinctive architectural column while a slate tile top provides a beautiful, all-weather perch for plants.
Materials & Tools:
- 2 matching pairs of hinged shutters; mine are 41⁄2 feet tall x 1 foot wide
- 4 right-angled metal fastener plates
- 1 (6-foot) length 1x8 lumber, cut into 4 (16-inch) pieces
- 4 (2-inch) porcelain cabinet knobs with mounting bolts
- 2 (7 foot x 1-inch) lengths screen molding or 1⁄4-inch lath
- 2 (11 x 12-inch) pieces 1⁄4-inch plywood (adjusted to fit interior dimensions)
- 2 (12 x 12-inch) sheets 1-inch mosaic slate tiles
- Pre-mixed grout, dark grey to match slate tile
- Screwdriver
- Mounting screws
- Handheld power drill, 1⁄8-inch bit
- Circular saw or hand saw
- Tin snips
- Heavy-duty construction adhesive
- Sponge

Source: , Handmade Garden Projects: Step-by-Step Instruc...

Step 1

Assemble column.
Determine which shutter will be the front door of your finished shelf unit. Remove extra hardware, leaving only the front door shutter still on its hinges. Position remaining shutters to form a four-sided box with the operable door facing forward. If your shutter’s louvers are fixed, make sure they are pointing in the same direction. Secure fixed sides with right-angled metal fastener plates screwed into place at the top and bottom in each back corner.

Step 2

Construct top and base.
Position two 16-inch lengths of 1x8 lumber and screw into place forming the base of your shelf unit. Mount the four porcelain knobs to the outside bottom of the shelf unit; drill pilot holes and screw into place with the mounting hardware that came with the knobs, working from inside the cabinet frame. Form the top of your shelf unit with the remaining two lengths of 1x8 lumber and screw into place as you did on the base.

Step 3

Install interior shelves.
Cut screen molding or lath strips into two supporting cleats for each plywood shelf. I cut 11-inch cleats to fit the 12-inch wide shutters. Recessing the shelves allows clearance for the door of the cabinet to open and close. Drill pilot holes at the end of each shelf cleat. Carefully measure down from the top of the cabinet so each shelf sits level and mark cleat positions. Screw supporting cleats into place and position shelves.

Step 4

Affix tile top.
Trimming mesh between tiles with tin snips, cut and arrange mosaic slate tiles to cover a 14 x 16-inch area. Apply heavy-duty construction adhesive to the back of each tile section and glue tiles to the top surface of your shutter shelf cabinet. Weight the glued surface and leave to dry for at least 24 hours before grouting.

Step 5

Grout tile.
Apply pre-mixed grout according to package instructions, carefully working it into all the joints and crevices around each individual 1-inch tile. Using a \ damp sponge, remove extra grout and clean the surface of the tiles before the grout begins to set.

Step 6

Screw short lengths of leftover screen molding or wooden lath around the top tiled surface to finish off raw edges.
A. Sturdy hooks easily fit over shutter louvers keeping garden snips and a small container for seeds handy. Scrap linoleum tiles lend color and durability to finished shelves.
B. Grill masters can turn shutter shelf columns into an outdoor pantry stocked with barbeque utensils and accessories.

Step 7

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