We happen to have a small truckload of shutters in our attic, just waiting to be utilized, to replace the beige and grey metal mini-blinds that came with the house -- EEK! The problem is, these shutters are a little past their prime, and not the right sizes. With a little creativity, a table saw, biscuits, glue, a clamp and some paint and primer, one of our windows is transformed from grey non-functioning metal to charming painted shutters.
Before: the shutters were a little loose, very dirty and aged.
After: they have a new lease on life, and a whole new sense of purpose and functionality. And thanks to the hinge I attached, it opens up all the way, letting light stream in.
One project 100% complete - now to finish up the rest of them.