Makeover : Vintage Shutters get the Beach Cottage Decor Look
Mon 5th, Aug, 2013
Hello Beach Cottage ladies, well I have been a busy little bee this weekend and we have vintage shutters in the house, oh yeah, white, peely, shabby, gorgeous shutters.
Now when these came into my life they were very dirty and unloved (go here if you want to see the ‘before’ shot)…I have been looking for shutters for a while, and I still am as these aren’t quite as tall as I was hoping for and a little less chunky, but nevertheless I wasn’t going to pass them up.
My initial thoughts were to paint these yellow, I am fancying a pop or two of colour in this old white cottage at the moment, but once I got into it and had a proper look at them there was no way they were going yellow.
Next I thought I would paint them an old creamy white colour and then distress them but really I didn’t’ want to go over the peeling paint and general shabbiness, we all know that this cannot be bought, that aged patina and general weathering takes years to build up and no matter how you try to replicate it, nothing quite looks like something that has that soft look from wear over time…
So there was some discussion of jet washing these, but for some reason I didn’t warm to this idea….after a bit of inspection I settled for washing them down with the hose to wash off the dirt (usually I hoover vintage finds first but this one was pretty grimy, it felt a bit yuck and I wanted to actually ‘wash’ it off)…as the water ran down it I used a hand scrubbing brush to scrub off the dirt and grime and then used some elbow grease until clean…
Then I left them out in the sun to dry and gave them another dry brush to flake off some more of the paint to give them a bit more texture…
I popped them in the Sitting Room by the old white comfy I-am-not-leather sofa…and will be stroking them tonight after dinner ;-)
What do you think of my new old vintage shutters with a bit of Beach Cottage coastal vintage love?
p.s if you love the Beach Cottage Coastal Vintage look out for my little pop-up shop coming soon…some of my Favourite Vintage Things all wrapped up and looking for a new home to love :-) more info on Facebook soon…think vintage wooden boxes, shabby old ladders, beautiful old cutlery, of course there’ll be an oar and the odd nautical stripe too :-) go here to the A Beach Cottage Facebook Page for upcoming information
love makeovers & vintage finds?
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