Painting an old shutter with red, white, and blue paint to make a flag-inspired decoration for your home
Flag Inspired Patriotic Shutter
Who’s ready for Summer???…hands up!!!
Oh, I love it all…the weather, hosting cookouts, just chilling with a good book on a hot afternoon in my favorite cozy, shady spot!!
I love to put up a little red, white, and blue for the Summer too. Here’s the cute patriotic shutter DIY I made recently.
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Finding The Shutter
I found a small black shutter at my local antique shop for $10. Perfect size for this project!
1. Paint The Shutter White
My first step was to paint the shutter white using chalk paint. You could totally use acrylic paint too…I just like working with chalk paint.
2. Adding The Blue
After the white paint was completely dry, it was time to add the blue paint.
I used a ruler to make sure I kept the edge straight (I always paint crooked!!)
Once the blue paint was dry I lightly brushed a little white paint over it to give it a rustic look.
3. Now Add The Stripes
I used a yardstick and made light pencil lines on either side of the stick all the way down the length of the shutter. This way all the lines were consistently the same width.( remember…I can’t draw a straight line for the life of me…I think it’s a left-handed thing!!)
Any red shade would look great, I had a barn red shade on hand,
Totally up to you, but I wanted a more rustic feel and dry brushed white paint over the entire shutter when the red paint was dry.
4. And Then The Stars…
Yes, I could have painted small white stars on the blue but I added a coastal twist! Amazon had these cute resin starfish that I thought would be perfect for the stars on this patriotic shutter.
There was space on my shutter for 12 of them.
When I was creating this project I wanted it to be versatile so I would be able to hang it horizontally like a sign or be able to stand it on my porch. I added a couple of D-ring hooks on the top back corners.
I did add a little nautical rope to outline the blue paint; total afterthought!! Just secured it with hot glue.
5. Find A Spot To Display Your Flag Shutter…
This year I’m going to use it standing up on my front porch. I popped a vintage lantern and a pot of salvia in an old pail into my display in the corner of my porch.
You can take a look at my Summer Coastal Front Porch for some more inspo!