Pick up a large, hinged shutter with a tilt rod at the store & reproduce this painless concept

After a long day, nothing beats kicking back with a magazine. But seeing all the clutter magazines create on your coffee table is a different story. Luckily, it takes little more than a fresh coat of paint to transform an old shutter into a one-of-a-kind magazine rack. Guests will adore how beautiful and inventive your new rack is, and you’ll love how easy it is to make.
Be sure to find an old shutter with a tilt rod for this project, as it gives you the freedom to adjust the positioning of the slats. This is important for storing thicker magazines like Vogue. Even though you’ll remove the tilt rod and discard it, you’ll still be able to move individual slats as needed.
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Materials
- Large, hinged shutters with a tilt rod
- Rag
- Electric screwdriver
- Needle-nose pliers
- Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in “Hazy”
- Paint brush
Instructions
1. Dust the shutters with a damp rag.
2. Using an electric screwdriver and needle-nose pliers, remove the hinges connecting the shutters.
3. Place one of the shutters on your work surface with the tilt rod facing up. Use needle-nose pliers to remove the eye bolts connecting the tilt rod to the slats. Discard the bolts and rod.
4. Paint the shutter with “Hazy” or blue-gray chalk paint. Allow the paint to dry.
5. Lean the shutter against the wall. Arrange the slats so they’re all facing up. To store a magazine, open it to the page you want to mark, then slide it over a slat.
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