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.
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.
Thanks. It is also really easy clean up!
What a beautiful idea! You did an especially great job with the hand sanding.

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