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!
Life Breath Present says
This is such a neat idea! And the color choice is beautiful! :)
Thanks! I had fun putting it all together.
Love the shutters!! What a great idea!
They are so fun and I can’t wait to show off the rest of the room.
What a great idea!! i love the shutters!! I agree that the two different sizes adds to it. Love it!!
Thanks! The shutters definitely tie the “Caribbean” feel into the room.
Gilly @ Colour Saturated Life says
I love this, I am obsessed with shutters…you did a wonderful job!
Thanks. I think my guest room is now more pulled-together than my master.
Kendra, so nice to find you…was clicking links at Hawthorne & Main’s party and found you!! Love this, and definitely gives it the Carribean feel you’re going for! Heading over to FB to like your page :) Have a great week!! Heather
What a great idea! These look so good. It looks so peaceful.
Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai says
I love this look, and the pop of color you gave them! Awesome DIY. thanks for sharing at Oh My Heartsie Girls WW. :)
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Steph @ Crafting in the Rain says
Beautiful! Nice works and I love the color too!
Cydnee Knoth says
I love, love, love this idea! What a cool headboard! Thank you for joining us at #purebloglove. We love having you every Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee
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Love this color and such a fabulous idea!
Charlene Asay says
What a cute idea. Love the color as well.
Deb- It's me, debcb! says
Oh Kendra, I LOVE this!
I like this look and the color is fantastic! Thank you for coming over and sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinning and tweeting to share.
I like it! The unexpected in the bedroom!
Lou Lou Girls says
Love! Pinned and tweeted! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at our linky party. We hope to see you next Monday @ 7 because we can’t wait to see your new creations! Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls
Navy Wifey Peters says
Such a clever idea! I love it, and they’re a great color, too!
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Sarah @ 2paws Designs says
Great idea! I love how simple this is and the “wow” factor from the color to the dimension. Sharing in my roundup today for Dream Create Inspire. Thanks for linking up!
Frugal Hausfrau says
Great idea! I’ve thinking about an inexpensive headboard for one of my spare bedrooms – I hadn’t thought of shutters. Since I live on a lake, it seems like a perfect fit! Thanks for sharing this with us on Throwback Thursday! Hope to see you next week!
Christine | Mid-Life Croissant says
Great idea and you can get so many different kinds of shutters at salvage places that you could get any look your going for. I love the color on yours. Thanks for linking up at #SaucySaturdays.
The shutters are a pretty color. Thanks for visiting over on Family Joy Blog Linkup.
You did a great job, Kendra! Love the blue :)
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Lisa @ Fun Money Mom says
I absolutely love this idea for a headboard and now I want to do this in my guest room! This is such a creative idea and I”m so glad you shared it with us at Share The Wealth Sunday!
Charlene Asay says
This is such a cute idea. Love it!
Very cute idea!
Rhonda Gales says
I love this idea. I’ve been searching for a headboard for my guest room for some time. This is perfect, I already have old just waiting to be reused. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best Linkup.
Theresa @DearCreatives says
I wish I would of thought of this prior to the Mr. getting rid of unused shutters. I would do this for my daughter’s room. Such a cute idea. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Shared.
Carol ("Mimi") says
The shutters make such a unique headboard. They lend an architectural element to the space. I especially like the tie-back curtains on the wall with the shutters. You’re right about the blue color giving a relaxed, island feel to the room. Very pretty!
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