Hillary’s Crafternoon

A few weeks ago I was due to travel to Bristol to take part in the Hillary’s Crafternoon up-cycling challenge.  Unfortunately I was unable to make it but kindly Hillary’s sent me all the goodies in order to create this fabulous up-cycling project at home.

Now I’m not one for getting excited about home things or interiors but I do like pretty things and took the opportunity to put my mind to something a bit creative.  If you take a look at what the other bloggers did on the Hillary’s Crafternoon, you’ll see that the up-cycling challenge was to make some shutters look amazing and reuse them for something perfect for your home.

There were many things to get the project going including paints, cute jars and plenty of little trinkets to make them look great.  When I received mine I wanted to create something a little different and very useable in my house.  I had some help from my hubby to come up with a lighting idea.  It was quite simple, I first started with sanding the shutters for a distressed look.  As we live by the sea, I thought it would be a great idea to make them look slightly shabby chic and salt worn.

I got some shelf brackets and attached the two shutters together at a 90 degree angle so the light would be self standing.  I attached a light fitting at the bottom of the inside of shutters and voila we have a light.  It can be a downlighter, uplighter, have a little light or have a lot of light on display, perfect for a simple yet effective up-cycling project.

Take a look at my first up-cycling project and big thanks to Hillary’s for giving me the inspiration to get creative!  Take a look at the hashtag #hillaryscrafternoon for all the great creations.


hillarys blinds

hillarys blinds


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