Saturday, January 8, 2011

Plantation Shutter Makeover and Installation

I purchased these Plantation shutters off ebay several months ago with plans of installing them in our living room. It has been a difficult space to furnish as it was designed as a formal dining space at one end and formal lounge at the other. Considering we eat our meals at the breakfast bar, we hardly need a formal dining room. When we want to have a "special" meal we sit around the dining table. It's very exciting.
Anyway, these shutters have been taking up space in the garage for far too long, so last week I attacked them with my spray gun.







I obviously haven't got the knack of the sprayer yet because look what happened....






I felt like this.....



However much I felt like it, I didn't give up. Sometimes with these things you just have to keep going and sometimes things work out, sometimes they don't. I spent the whole day on these shutters. I had more paint up my nostrils than.... than..... trying to think of a Dr Phil crack but I can't come up with a good one, but you get the idea.



Next began the installation process. Hubby and son hard at it.




Here are a couple of shots of the room from either end before installation.




(Those ceiling fan/lights have got to go!)






And after installation.....











































I didn't want to completely block off the spaces from each other, just screen each area off, but also allow light to get through.



Now we have a formal lounge, (which will get used as long as there's a TV in there), and a media/music/study/reading space which gets a lot of use. It's so good to get these shutters up after thinking they would be in the "too hard" basket for another 6 months.

Angex




28 comments:

Third Avenue Style said...

Wow brilliant team effort - the result is definitely worth all the hard work.

Katie

Meg and Mum's said...

That looks terrific Ange! You've done a great job. And very brave to tackle the spray gun. My husband is a professional painter so he just does it all for me with this massive spray gun after I prep it all. But he's going to buy me a smaller one so I can do it all myself.
Again, those shutters look really nice.
Megs :)

Karyn said...

Ange,
Brillant job once again. You never cease to amaze me !
Karyn x

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

They turned out fantastic! Glad it all worked out in the end...and I'm SO jealous of those shutters! They are awesomely HUGE!

Restyled Vintage said...

They look great, Ange! What a cool idea using them as a room divider. No w any tips you can give me for not ending up with a runny mess after using the sparyer would be greatly appreciated...I have recently purchased a compressor and gravity-fed sprayer but haven't had a chance to fire it up yet, mainly because I am still setting up my 'spray booth'...a gazebo in my garage with polythene walls...hope it does the trick!

xx Karen

Linda @ Painted Whyte said...

Well thats thinking out of the box - they look great! Boy your post brings back some dreadful memories - i had the same look on my first couple pieces - ive decided runs are EVIL - i also wanted to give up in the beginning but honestly it gets easier - you get less and less runs. Have you tried to spray clear coat in your sprayer? If you haven't and you are going to - use caution because i found it so much more difficult - you have to be fast! If you have some time take a peak at my most recent post - i got a new sprayer for xmas and i am in love with it and worth every penny. No compressor, no hoses and cords - its awesome! I see lots of fabulous furniture with no runs in your future:)

Kerry said...

What a fabulous idea Ange and certainly worth all the effort. You've inspired me to try to spray paint my bookcases! Maybe :) And I just listened to your solo too..what a beautiful voice you have.

Amanda said...

Wow Ange, they look amazing! They create a great partition without blocking things off completely. Great job!! x

The Pink Poodle said...

Hi Ange...what a fabulous job you have tackled..

I think i would have thrown in the gun with the first dripping paint result..

SOO well done on your perserverance & they look fabulous...

xx andrea

Janette said...

What a great idea Ange! It looks fab painted up and put there - well done to you all, I love your little reading nook area!
Jxx

Revival said...

those shutters are amazing!! what a clever idea. Now....I must know about the microphone in the picture ;)

Just Martha said...

It really changes the look depending if they are open or closed. Very nice indeed!!!

Stripes by the Seaside.. said...

they look fantastic Ange...you are all very clever and lovely to see the combined effort. We are about to order some for outside (aluminium ones) and I think they will look similar. Mel xx

Tina said...

They look fabulous Ange! I am so glad you perservered with the spray painting! What a wonderful idea to creat the two separate spaces!! Wishing you a wonderful Monday ~ Tina x

Melissah said...

I'm an interior designer from Melbourne, Australia - I loved your blog, I found it very inspiring. This is all new to me but I have just set up my own blog
scrapbook-melissah.blogspot.com
You may like to check it out because I had so much fun doing it.
Thanks for providing me with such great entertainment!
Cheers
Melissah

Melissah said...

I'm an interior designer from Melbourne, Australia - I loved your blog, I found it very inspiring. This is all new to me but I have just set up my own blog
scrapbook-melissah.blogspot.com
You may like to check it out because I had so much fun doing it.
Thanks for providing me with such great entertainment!
Cheers
Melissah

chateaudelille said...

Absolutely gorgeous. How did you solve the painting problems? Im curious cos I would like to do something similar but outside. Any tips on where to score cheaply? Fiona

Spots & Stripes said...

Hi Ange, love the plantation shutters! Do you find that they provide a tropical vibe? Amber

lila Check said...

Wow brilliant team effort - the result is fabulous... worth all the hard work after all.
you now have a lovely home!!
xxx
lila

Romantiques said...

love what you have done.
Andrea- Romantiques- Furniture Art Studio.

thelazydazy said...

Looks great! Fun to see something from New Zealand.

I'm visiting via your comment on Tip Junkie. You said you will be turning 46? I just did that.

You can see "age from my vantage point" here... http://thelazydazy.wordpress.com/2010/12/22/age-from-my-vantage-point/


I have enjoyed looking around your blog. Lovely home.

Carrie

thelazydazy said...

Correction: I found you through your comment to Kim at "Sand and Sisal". Oops.

Carrie

Patti said...

What a cool idea! Love that...great way to divide a room!!

Lisa said...

Love this. It's such a great idea to define spaces without enclosing them.

x

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