Welcome to the second installment of my new guest room (if you missed part 1, it started Friday with my DIY Striped Walls). My goal for the room is for it to have a Caribbean feel and think that shutters are the perfect addition to the room to complement this theme. So many of the houses in the Caribbean have shutters to protect the windows from storms and hurricanes. I love how they are often painted bright colors as well.
DIY Shutter Headboard
We have a queen bed in the guest room which is 60 inches wide; each shutter is 15 inches wide so using 4 shutters was the perfect width for a queen bed headboard. I bought two sets of exterior louvered shutters – one pair at 55 inches tall and the other at 63 inches. Ideally, I would have found some used shutters that I could up-cycle; but not many houses in the Seattle area have shutters and I was a bit impatient so I just bought some new ones.
Initially, I had planned on painting each of these shutters by hand; however, after seeing all the nooks and crannies that needed to be covered, I had Brad pull out the paint sprayer instead. In just a few minutes, all 4 shutters had its initial coat! Each side required 2 coats. I used Glidden Paint True Turquoise for the shutters to reminisce with the color of the Caribbean.
I didn’t actually screw them into the wall; but rather have them pinned between the bed and the wall. The bed comes up over half way of each shutter so they won’t be top heavy. Plus the bed weighs a lot more than the headboard so they aren’t going to move the bed.
I think they turned out great! They definitely remind me of the Caribbean. The two different sizes also make it a bit more interesting by giving the headboard a shape other than just a big rectangle.
I’m going to be showing off the entire guest room on Wednesday so make sure to come back and see it all together!