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Recycling louvered shutters into a headboard

by respaced on April 16, 2009

I had been wanting to make a headboard for some time, but all the projects seemed too complicated or just … not my style (eg. satin padded headboard). So when I came across some louvered shutters at the ReBuilding Center, I knew I had found the way to make the perfect headboard. Below is a “before” picture of the type of louvered shutters I found.

First, I must give a shout-out to the ReBuilding Center at 3625 N. Mississippi Street in Portland. They have the largest inventory of used building materials of any non-profit in North America. They are constantly accepting new donations of doors, windows, sinks, fixtures, tiles, nearly every part of a house. And their prices are extremely low. I think I bought my five shutters for $14.

So with my five shutters, I cleaned them up, painted them the funky green color, and then said, “Dear husband, I have a little building project for you!” Did I mention that I was born without the ability to operate a saw and power tools?

Chad used two long pieces of wood the length of the finished headboard to fasten all the shutters to. Then he bolted the whole unit onto our Hollywood bed frame, which is basically a metal rectangle that holds a mattress. Now we have a sturdy, custom headboard, which cost us about $40 to make. Didn’t Chad do a good job?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Amy April 17, 2009 at 1:52 pm

Nice work! Love this idea and the color you chose is great. I’ve thought about using an old door, too. I start projects that Jason has to finish too 🙂


Mikal May 14, 2010 at 7:21 am

Nice blog for Home Security information,here I have got home security gates,Shutters,windows and grilles with the help of Rolling Shutter Doors


Viola August 6, 2010 at 12:20 pm

The advantage about retractable grilles is that they can be stacked out of sight behind the blinds or curtains when not required. They are made to measure to suit your openings and can either be reveal fitted or face fitted which means you do not have to spend money on adjusting your door or window openings.


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