DIY: How-To Create A Reclaimed Shutter Recipe Board

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By Nicole N.

Those of us who love the kitchen know a few things for certain.

First, even if you prefer to create your own dishes, cooking and baking are much easier when you have a basic recipe to follow.

Second, working with your hands is a messy job and stacking stained cards or smeared sheets of paper is not the most attractive way to contain your recipes.

Finally, having your recipes easily accessible is essential when you’re in the middle of preparing a meal and can’t leave the stove unattended to sift through tons of cookbooks to find what you’re looking for. This is even more important when you share your space with a roommate who might inadvertently ‘mis-file’ your recipes after using them.

Fortunately, a ‘secret recipe board’ made out of shutters and a fabric-covered cork board is a solution to all of the above! You can have an attractive décor element in your kitchen when you’re not cooking and a central location for your recipes when you are. When I tried to explain the concept of this project to my husband, he said, ‘Oh, I get it. It’s like a medicine cabinet for your meals.’ Leave it to a man to cut out the glamor and boil everything down to its most basic properties!

But he’s right: This ‘secret recipe board’ is essentially a beautiful ‘medicine cabinet for your meals’ that you can customize to coordinate with your kitchen and contain your recipes at the same time. So, here’s my basic ‘recipe’ for a reclaimed shutter recipe board that you can tweak and adjust as needed, just as you would someone else’s recipe to make it your own!

Start by gathering your ‘ingredients.’

I salvaged a couple of exterior shutters that needed a new purpose after framing a casement window in a previous life! You’ll also need:

  • Spray paint & Primer (or Spray Paint & Primer in One)
  • Wood for constructing your frame
  • Cork Board
  • Fabric to cover the board
  • Hardware (hinges, knobs, catches, materials for wall mounting)
  • Push pins or Tacks for dressing up your finished board

After I primed the shutters, I used Rust-Oleum’s Painter’s Touch Satin finish spray paint in Aqua. Apply spray paint to the shutters outside and allow them to dry thoroughly.

It took me 4 cans total to spray both sides of both shutters and the wood frame after I built it but the bright blue is my favorite shade and the finished project looks beautiful in its sunny spot in my kitchen across from the patio doors!

For the sides, you need to allow for the 1 ½” on the top and bottom, or 3″ total, so I cut 2 pieces of wood 36″ long.

I applied wood glue to the joints between the wood at the corners and screwed them together using 2 ½” long wood screws.

To make the inside of the shutters, I cut a piece of craft board to fit by lining up the inside edges of the frame on top and tracing the inside of the frame with a pencil. Carefully cut along your pencil lines so that the cut piece of board fits inside the frame.

I used a sheet of cork and cut out two pieces to fit directly on top of the board. I applied Mod Podge to the pieces of cork and to the board and placed heavy cutting boards on top of them until they dried together.

Meanwhile, I turned back to constructing my ‘medicine cabinet for meals’ and ironed out the wrinkles of a single yard of printed duck material. The blues matched exactly!

Once the board was solid and dry, I covered it with the fabric, pulled it tight and secured the edges all the way around from the back.

I screwed 1 ½” hinges to the shutters and frame so that they lined up perfectly.

I was thrilled to find these Victorian glass knobs from Home Depot and pre-drilled the holes before inserting them into the shutters.

You can also attach magnetic catches to the top and bottom of the shutters so that they close properly and attach hardware to the top of the frame at both sides on the back for hanging it on the wall.

Now that the frame and shutters are attached, you can insert your fabric covered cork board. It should be tight and snug as you press it into the frame from above and make sure it lies flat against the wall when you hang it.

And here’s how it looks when it’s complete and open!

I added a bit of ‘trim’ to the edges and middle of the board with plain silver thumb tacks and love the polished look they give to the fabric.

Since it’s right above my ‘prep station’ in the kitchen, the recipes I need are never out of reach! And you don’t have to worry about losing your recipes if you have a roommate because the board provides a central place to keep everything together.

What are some other things you plan on pinning to your secret recipe board?

Rheney Williams enjoys sharing her DIY crafting experiences with others. Rheney writes about her projects for The Home Depot. Her craft décor interests often focus on up-cycled and reclaimed materials. Home Depot’s windows and shutters page can be found here.

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