Spoons and Shutters

Do you own a staple gun? You probably do. We have an electric one (remember I used it here) that I picked up at a garage sale for super cheap. But, we couldn’t find the correct replacement staples. Recently I had a gift card for Lowes and thought it was time.

Just a simple hand-held staple gun.

But it makes projects like this so much easier.

I had been struggling with what to do with this wall on either side of our hutch.  It’s so wide.

photo 2 (2) We’ve had these shutters for a few years and have used them for various purposes (card holder, headboard). I actually didn’t paint and distress these, they were purchased (garage sale!) this awesome. The spoons I did work on. I bought them from an antique store, spray painted them, and used a palm sander to distress. I used the palm sander because I had to use so much spray paint to cover the dark wood.

photo 5I love the spoons and I love the shutters. So when I was thinking about a way to fill the space on either side of the hutch, I suddenly had the brilliant idea to combine these two loves.

photo 2 (4)I wanted to layer the spoons and shutters, so had to think creatively about how to do so. I decided I wanted to hang the spoons from the shutters with jute.

I assembled what I needed:photo 4 (4)

  • Roll of jute (one of my favorite and most-used craft items)
  • Staple gun (not pictured)
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure

I started by doubling over the jute and tying a knot in one end. Then, I stapled the jute to the back of the spoon. The knot helps to prevent the jute from slipping out from under the staple.

photo 5 (4)photo 1Then, I measured to figure out where the spoon would be in the middle of the shutter. I again tied a knot at the other end of the jute and stapled on either side of the knot to the back of the shutter so it hangs in the middle of the shutter.

photo 2photo 3 (3)photo 4 (3) And… ta-da!

photo 3I love the distressed look of both the shutters and the spoons. Most of all, I love how the blue pops against the brown shutters.

photo 3What a great way to fill the space in a way that complements the rest of this room.

photo 2This simple project shows how you can make a standout piece by combining items you already own in a new way. Look for items that go together in style, but also provide a contrast in color.

photo 4Look for ways you can do this in your home! Any ideas? I would love to hear about them!

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