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  1. September 24, 2013
    Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell

    Love it! So cute with those little knobs. It’s large item pick up day in our neighbourhood tomorrow and I have seriously been stalking the new neighbours. I am sure they totally think I am the new nutty neighbour that has moved in. One guy down the street has garbage cans from a fast food restaurant…they look like they are from DQ – with a big red THANK YOU on the flip part. I have been racking my brain to come up with something to do with them, but it’s just not happening, and maybe I really would be a hoarder if I took those! And I am with you – those paint samples from HD are just the perfect size – and for $4 you can’t go wrong!

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    • September 24, 2013
      Tara

      Okay… I’ve been wracking my brain… and I’ve got nothing. What could you do?!?! Does someone want to be a garbage can for Hallowe’en? πŸ˜‰

      Paint samples are one of my newest a-ha! moments. How awesome are they!?!?

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      • September 24, 2013
        Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell

        LOL. Can you imagine how heavy that would be to walk around with on? I see bad things happening

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  2. September 24, 2013
    Sarah

    How clever you are! I love this! But tell more about furniture wax. I know nothing about it.

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    • September 24, 2013
      Tara

      Miss Mustard Seed is a blogger who sells Milk Paint. It’s awesome stuff, but because it’s all-natural, etc, it needs a wax to “seal” it in. It also give the surface of painted wood a really smooth and “finished” feeling. I used it on the shutter because I wanted it to feel smooth and gorgeous. It’s a beeswax base, also natural.

      I sound like a rep or something. I’m not, though. I just really like the stuff! πŸ™‚

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  3. September 24, 2013
    Kenz @ Interiors by Kenz

    ELEVENTY MILLION! haha, I love you. Way to make bloggers everywhere proud! And those are the sweetest little knobs I have ever seen. I love this on a scale from 1 to eleventy million, at the very very top!

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    • September 24, 2013
      Tara

      I’ve made other bloggers proud! Whoa. This is a big day. I’ve been waiting for this.

      And yes, eleventy million is a truly satisfying number. One that I think I might strive for! πŸ˜‰

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  4. September 24, 2013
    Amy of while wearing heels

    I love this so much. Be careful, if your neighbors see what you did to their tossed aside shutters, they might want them back πŸ™‚

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    • September 25, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, don’t worry… I’ve carefully disguised the remaining shutters as a huge pile of junk. I don’t know if they’ve caught onto my creative bursts! πŸ˜‰

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  5. September 25, 2013
    Bronwyn MayB

    I love it!!! (oops! too many exclamation points!) I wish I actually DID things with the stuff I collected. Actually, my husband wishes I did things with them. Why do you not live close so we can DIY together??

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    • September 25, 2013
      Tara

      I don’t know! It seems like I’m always so far from like-minded DIYers in Bloglandia. Maybe it’s because we’re so rare and special? (In a non-weird-outcast-y type of way! :)…. you know what I mean…. I think…)

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      • September 26, 2013
        Bronwyn MayB

        Ha! Yes, not at all in an outcasty kind of way. Well… not entirely!!

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  6. September 25, 2013
    Mel

    What a fantastic upcycle, I seriously need something to hold all my crap, I wonder if someone around here is throwing out shutters?? Don’t husbands just love it when we bring home “treasures”

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    • September 25, 2013
      Tara

      We all need something to hold all of our crap. My next organizational upcycle should be titled “The Crap Holder”. I’d definitely click on that link. πŸ˜‰

      My hubby is half, “Yeah! Great idea” and half, “If you bring home one more pile of junk and park it in our yard… I’m calling the dumpster people…”

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  7. September 25, 2013
    Danni@SiloHillFarm

    THat is an awesome project Tara! Love the distressing and isn’t Miss Mustard Seed wax fun stuff?? You should post this at her party! Nice job girl!

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    • September 25, 2013
      Tara

      Oh… she has a party!?!? Okay.. maybe I will do that!

      I’m in love with her wax and paint. I’m thrilled that it’s all-natural and doesn’t have VOCs too. How awesome can it be!?!?

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  8. September 25, 2013
    Marilyn

    I LOVE tester sizes of paint….a GREAT bargain! I LOVE this project Tara…..so when will you be making one for me? πŸ˜‰

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    • September 25, 2013
      Tara

      Tester sizes of paint are probably going to become my next hoard. They’re just too…. perfect!

      You know I’ve got the shutters, lady. I just need to break out my good ol’ belt sander! πŸ™‚

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  9. September 26, 2013
    Tanya@TakeSix

    That is such a sweet idea for your daughter’s room, Tara. I bet she LOVES it!! πŸ™‚

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    • September 26, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, she was thrilled throughout the entire process (I usually have children velcro-ed to me during most projects) – now she loves her little organizer!

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  10. September 27, 2013
    Jen @ Go Green

    I really love this! It would be great to display holiday cards too!

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    • September 30, 2013
      Tara

      Jen – That’s a fantastic idea! I love it!

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  11. September 28, 2013
    Dani @ lifeovereasy

    Love it! It’s practical and pretty at the same time.

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    • September 30, 2013
      Tara

      That’s what I thought too, Dani. I love a little bit of “upcycle” in the house. Plus, it’s unique – that’s another selling point!

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  12. September 29, 2013
    Inspire Me Heather

    That shutter organizer turned out super cute, you’ve really done a lovely job! Sometimes I “see” things in other peoples junk, sometimes not. It’s funny how that works, hey? Have a great rest of your weekend!

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    • September 30, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, I hear you there, Heather. I sometimes see curbside “treasure”, and for the life of me, I can’t imagine what I’d do with it, so I have to walk away. It’s hard to walk away from perfectly good “junk”! πŸ˜‰

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  13. September 29, 2013
    Ashley @ Dirt Stains and Paint

    LOVE this – just picked up some “throw away” shutters myself and love this inspiration for new use! Also, LOVE MMS wax – so easy to use!

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    • September 30, 2013
      Tara

      This was my first time using MMS wax, and I have to say that I’m definitely a believer now! You’ll have to share what you do with your shutters. I’m very intrigued!

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  14. October 1, 2013
    Laurie @ Vin’yet Etc.

    I am so anxious to start using milk/chalk paint and then wax! Is the paint just regular latex? It’s not an actual chalk paint is it, I know it says, “Martha Stewart Living’s Tailor’s Chalk” but that’s just the tittle? Sorry, as stated am very anxious to start using this paint! The shutter looks adorable!!! Your girls are just too cute! Sanding and fighting, lol!

    PS where did you get MMS from, online order, or is there a local supplier in your neck of the woods?

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  15. September 6, 2014
    Swatbee

    I just did almost the same thing! I found an old closet door (the kind that looks like the tall version of a shutter) and turned it into a front hall coat hanger. I definitely didn’t see this post first and here I was thinking I was original haha! The slats are great for holding incoming/ outgoing mail btw (if you still need a use for your other shutters).

    However, I’ve had a really tough time finding knobs for it. I ended up going for some cute hooks, but they’re a bit bulky. Do you have any suggestions? (home depot didn’t have any when I checked recently)

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    • September 18, 2014
      Tara

      I love that idea! What kind of knobs are you looking for? And what is your budget? Try D. Lawless hardware or Anthropologie for some fancy knobs that you can order online – I love the faux glass/crystal.

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