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Picture of What to do with old shutters!
Do you have some old shutters, or know where to get some.  I was lucky enough to come across a bundle of them that had been stored outside for quite a while.  I knew that with a little TLC they could be beautiful and useful!

Step 1: Sand them, or don't!

Picture of Sand them, or don't!
I hand sanded for hours.  Because I was using Old Fashioned Milk Paint, and the look I was going for was antiqued, I sanded the ones I used the Milk Paint on.  Milk Paint only adheres to surfaces that do not have a prior paint or stain on them (unless you put in the special bonding agent).  If you are using regular paint, I would make sure and do a light sanding to make sure the paint adheres and work it from there.
 
nyx7022 years ago
Awesome! I have never heard of milk paint before. I am going to totally pick some of that up because I too love the look. I always assumed to get that look you just sanded the crap out of latex paint.
Honeylam (author)  nyx7022 years ago
Thanks. It is also really easy clean up!
action pig2 years ago
What a beautiful idea! You did an especially great job with the hand sanding.