Monday, March 3, 2014

Creating With The Stars--Shutter Island Entry

I am reposting (originally posted Aug. 2013) my shutter island project because I have entered it in the Creating With The Stars contest at East Coast Creative.  I would be ever so grateful if you'd click OVER THERE, and then click back over here by clicking on the link #12.  Thank you, thank you--each click is a vote for Beyond The Picket Fence.
shutter island creating with the stars http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2013/08/shutter-island.html
Not the movie.  Have you seen that movie?  I have not, I heard it is scary and I don't do scary.  

Anyway, if you have been around my blog for awhile, you know I like a good island.


I have made pallet islands,
Shutter island creating with the stars http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2013/08/shutter-island.html
and deck chair islands,
Shutter island creating with the stars http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2013/08/shutter-island.html


Shutter island creating with the stars http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2013/08/shutter-island.html
roadside desk islands,
Shutter island creating with the stars http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2013/08/shutter-island.html
and kitchen cupboard islands.
Shutter island creating with the stars http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2013/08/shutter-island.html
Apparently, I like islands.  I think it is because they add extra storage and counter space and because they can be used in other places too--craft rooms, entry ways, bathrooms.  

So when these shutters that hubby picked up for $1 at a garage sale were starring at me this morning, I knew there was another island in the works.
Shutter island creating with the stars http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2013/08/shutter-island.html
I looked around the garage a little more and found a stack of drawers and decided one should be the base of the island.  This provides great storage.
Shutter island creating with the stars http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2013/08/shutter-island.html
I attached the shutters to the drawer and then painted it a light blue.  I then added a couple pieces of old trim board to the fronts.
Shutter island creating with the stars http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2013/08/shutter-island.html
A fabulous reclaimed wood top (attached from the bottom using the Kreg jig), some stain over it all, some hooks and wheels and this island was complete.
Shutter island creating with the stars http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2013/08/shutter-island.html
The shutters provide a fun place for cookbooks or magazines.
Shutter island creating with the stars http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2013/08/shutter-island.html
I had to show off the pickles I canned yesterday--I can't wait to eat them in a few months.
Shutter island creating with the stars http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2013/08/shutter-island.html
This island would look well in an entry too,
Shutter island creating with the stars http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2013/08/shutter-island.html
a place for your purse and keys--
Shutter island creating with the stars http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2013/08/shutter-island.html
shoes, mittens, and hats in the drawer,
Shutter island creating with the stars http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2013/08/shutter-island.html
and a place to set your mail.
Shutter island creating with the stars http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2013/08/shutter-island.html
Yes, islands of all types are a good thing!

32 comments:

  1. This is fabulous Becky! I love it! You are always so creative and make it look so easy. Loving the color as well. Now to find a few shutters of my own.
    Susan

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  2. Oooohhh very cool! Love the cookbooks on the shutter slats and the mittens in the drawer. I guess i would need 2 then... One for the kitchen and one for the entry since i like it so much either way! :)

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  3. I love them all...but I think this new one is my FAVORITE :)

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  4. just too fun! don't you love when furniture can move from room to room with grace and style?

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  5. I love your blog. It is one of my favorites. I love that you blog frequently & that you do scripture on Sunday. Today's was one of my favorite creations. That island is just too, too cute. Not to mention functional! I just washed a long skinny shutter today. I was thinking of attaching pine boards & making it a shelf but now that I've seen your island idea I just might have to rethink my plans!! By the way, what's the easiest way to paint the slats?

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  6. I love how you think outside the box, or shall I say drawer! (: Thanks for always inspiring us.

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  7. I love this island!! Perfect use for the shutters!! I really like it in the foyer for keys/purses and shoes!
    Jane

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  8. Way cool!! Love the reusing of the old shutters and drawer!! Your creations amaze me!!

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  9. I wish I could happen upon all the cool stuff that you guys come upon for nothing or shutters for $1! I never get that lucky. And around here, the antique shops want $30 for shutters. This is gorgeous!! LOVE IT!! XD

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  10. oh so cute,, love shutters and that top looks great. I think i like the entryway look the best.,, If only my entryway were big enough.
    A small island that I could roll around was what I had in mind last year when I told my husband I wanted one cause I have no counter space. What I got instead was a huge/massive stationary island that replaced the table.. LOL. But I do love it.

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  11. another hit out of the ballpark becky! Love the shutter island. :)

    how did you attach the wheels to the shutters? I have some laying around, and a few drawers here and there-- this might be a good project for 'em.

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  12. I just finished construction my own island. Okay, okay, my husband helped a little bit. Your examples are so charming and well built! Thanks for showing them to us.

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  13. I love your use of your thrifty shutters. That soft color and the distressing are perfect. I have a box of old shutters, and I'm inspired to paint them now. That's such a useful and one of a kind project!

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  14. LOve, love this! I have some shutters in my shop that have been staring at me for a month, pretty sure I have some drawers or maybe a crate would work as the base..hmmm. Thanks for the inspiration. Just got my kreg jig courtesy of UPS yesterday..now if I can figure out how to use it.

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  15. I love it!! What color of stain did you use for the top?

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  16. I love this one...and wish I weren't 1800 miles away so it could be mine. Dangit. Moving is so inconvenient. :) Guess Jay is just gonna have to make one for me. Your pickles look lovely, too. Love you, friend.

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  17. Featuring this on my Friday Favorites today :)
    http://upcycledtreasures.com/2013/08/friday-favorites-2/

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  18. Wow! Impressive! I love ALL of your pallet projects and these islands are GREAT! You are so creative and talented! Nice work.

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  19. I am wanting to buy a Kreg jig. Which one do you recommend? I love the projects that you have done on this blog!
    Nancy

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  20. I LOVE islands!! I would never have thought to make one from shutters and an old drawer! You have opened my eyes to all kinds of possibilities. Shared on my FB page and pinning!

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  23. I love this! I actually have some spare shutters in my garage and I think I'm going to try this out! :)

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  29. This is amazing! I'm going to have to make one now. I love the colors too. And I have those same crocheted white TOMS - great minds...! Thanks for sharing! Love your projects and ideas. Now following you on social media - love it if you'd follow me too :)

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  30. Hi thanks for the great idea I just saved 16 big shutters that were landfill bound today!!! Now I know what to do with them :)

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