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!
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.