Shuttered Cabinet Makeover

Hello everyone, I’m Kathleen ~ the writer, vintage jewelry artist and thrifty DIY home decor enthusiast behind the blog Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home}. My blog is where I share tips and tutorials for creating a beautiful home with thrift store and vintage finds on a serious budget. And I’m so happy to be guest blogging here today at Knick of Time! I’ve been a real fan of Angie and her blog for some time now.

Anyone who knows me well enough knows that I can rarely pass up a piece of timeworn home décor if I feel it can be made good as new again with just a little bit of TLC. Then there are some thrifty finds that are pretty awesome all on their own. Case in point: one double shuttered mirror I found at my local Goodwill.

Here it is all closed up. It was surprisingly heavy, and I really do think it looks like the outside of a real window just waiting to be opened up, don’t you? 

Once I opened it I was pleasantly surprised to find that beneath the shutters was a mirror encased in a six paned window frame. My mind went wild with possibilities for how I could use this find! As a home décor/DIY blogger I’m always on the lookout for potential photography props. And I knew that this one certainly fit the bill.

It had all the earmarks of a vintage-inspired piece, right down to its lovely chippiness.

So although this was not a true vintage piece, it certainly looked like one! And my cost? $4.99. But my only problem was that I’m not a real fan of green painted furniture. Just to be clear, the green looks much better in the photos than it does in person. Sooooo, I’m guessing you can figure out what I did next?

Yup, I painted it. White. Not a surprise since, according to my family, I’ve been known to take some white paint and a paintbrush to just about anything that crosses my path (minus the dog, of course). Not only do I find white to be a calming color, but I think it typifies farmhouse style. Not to mention the fact that it’s a great neutral shade that can be used as a back drop for other more colorful décor accents.

Here’s where my big “sigh” comes in. For while I absolutely adore white farmhouse style, most of my home’s interior is made of dark wood, but I’m working on that! In the meantime, I take every opportunity to infuse that white farmhouse style into my décor.

For this project I used Valspar’s “Great White Way.” Luckily, I already had a number of sample jars left over from when Lowes was putting free paint sample coupons in all the home décor magazines. I really stocked up on white! So the entire project cost me $4.99. And I LOVE it!

I haven’t even gotten around to distressing it yet, but that’s on my to do list.

I can use it as the backdrop for simple vignettes as well as more complicated creations depending on the holiday or season. Here I’ve placed it on my favorite vintage white farmhouse cabinet and I’m loving the look. The way it’s designed it almost looks as if it has a mantel of sorts on top, a place where I can add some of my favorite small décor elements for effect. I can also hang some boxwood wreaths from it.

It looks wonderful with one of my vintage ironstone tureens sitting in front of it!


You can certainly see from this project that it’s really not that difficult to infuse some of white farmhouse style into your everyday décor – one simple project at a time!
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  1. Ellie LaJuett says

    It looks great and I like your display. It’s versatile and can be changed up for any season!

  2. Perfect timing….I have one of these and hung it over the tub in the guest bath knowing that I didn’t like the green. I just wasn’t sure how it would look painted white. Thanks for posting…..I’m gonna paint it!! (Mine was actually free….never turn down an attic clean-out!)

  3. Angie, I hopped over from Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home}. Kathleen did a wonderful farmhouse makeover on a found shuttered mirror. Thanks for sharing it. sb

  4. Great find! I love both colors. I adore the shade of versaille from Annie Sloan with is a mixture of green and grey but like you, I adore anything painted white too. I love a mix of light wood, dark wood and painted pieces. Makes a home so interesting. Anything with shutters and a window look mirror always gets my attention. Great job!

  5. Very pretty, Kathleen! Like adding a window to a room! Love the wreath hung on it, too!

  6. It is so much prettier now painted in white and I love the boxwood wreath hanging from the window. What a great piece for photography props or decorating for the seasons!

  7. that looks great, I know painting shutters is not easy. :0)

  8. Your shutters are lovely and look so much better that you painted them.

  9. Do you have any idea where I could get this same home interior item?

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