How to Paint and Distress Shutters

Do you love the look of old Chippy Things?  Do you have some old Shutters like these laying around, or do you see them at Garage Sales and Thrift Stores and wonder what you could do with Old Shutters?

Where to Find Old Shutters

Paint them!  This project was so easy with DIY Paint.  It was done in literally under an hour.  Last year I bought a bunch of fun stuff at an estate sale. Included in my stash were a collection of shutters! You can find old Shutters on FB Marketplace, at Garage Sales, on the side of the road, in reclaimed stores, Old Shutters are common as people remodel windows and homes and look for ways to get rid of their old Shutters.


How to Layer Paint on Old Shutters

These shutters were truly an opportunity to show off the paints.  Each Shutter was done in a combination of colors.  The base coat was DIY Paint Faded Burlap.  Next, we did a mix of very watered Faded Burlap with some Mint Chip.

When the chalk and clay-based paint dried, (and it dries fast so you can move on to the next step!), I used a wet rag to “distress” the shutters.

This process could not be easier.  You simply take a damp rag, or even a baby wipe and wipe the paint off where you want it “distressed”.

Don’t wait a whole month to do this process, by then the paint will be completely cured and bonded with whatever you painted.  If you want to try this process yourself, I recommend these colors from DIY Paint, you can even get them online at DIY Paint HERE. 

Here is a close-up of that yummy, chippy distressed look.  It’s so easy with DIY Paint.  Really! 

Next time you come across some shutters, don’t get distressed, you will know how to Shutter Up!



  1. Diana

    These look so good, I have some and I’m going to try this technique.

  2. Anne

    I am so addicted to shutters and these are gorgeous! Great paint job!

    • GTC

      Thank you so much Anne. I am addicted too. I hope I find more!

    • GTC

      That is such a sweet compliment Paula, thank you!

    • GTC

      Thank you so much Nancy! I wish I could find more. I found this whole lot at an estate sale.

  3. Tabatha

    Anything with shutters, and I’m in. Gorgeous. I would love for you to share on Chic By You Wednesday Party. Hope to see you there! ChicByTab

  4. Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

    Ooooh I love the chippy goodness they have and it sounds super easy too! Pinned 🙂 Thanks for sharing at The Makers!

    • GTC

      Thank you so much Katie! I wish I could find more shutters, I got those all at estate sale for super cheap!

  5. Corey @ TinySidekick

    I love the detail you were able to get with the paint and all of your hard work. These are so pretty. Thank you for partying with us at The Makers!

  6. Nancherrow

    I love that perfectly imperfect paint finish! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


  7. Kendra Frazier

    Wait, what? You just wipe it off with a cloth? Is that only with CeCe Caldwell chalk and clay paints or do you do that with all paints? I’m intrigued! I recently painted shutters as well…took forever getting all of the slats! lol! They turn out so cute though! Yours look great!

  8. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    I LOVE shutters and these have a wonderful finish!

    • GTC

      Thank you so much Sharon! I wish I could come across Shutters all the time!

  9. Deborah

    Love the layers of paint showing through! These would make such great backdrops. Have a lovely week!
    Hugs, Deborah



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