The shutters have been sitting, unused, in
They were already white, but the white had seen better days, so I took a coat of fresh paint to three of them. And let me tell you, I am not in any hurry to do that again. The slats were pretty tricky to get painted, and the whole process definitely took more time and patience than I thought it would. I might try spray paint next time. But, after about 45 minutes, I had clean white shutters. You can see the "before and after" color difference in this picture:
Is it a problem that this whole process reminded me of teeth whitening?
The knobs were also looking like they needed a serious supply of Crest Whitestrips. To make matters worse, by the looks of them, someone had gotten hungry and decided to chew on them. This is stress-eating at its most bizarre.
I couldn't find a way to correct the teeth marks without replacing the whole knob (which I might do someday...but right now, I like to work with what I have) so, instead, I used my secret weapon: spray paint.
And here they are, sporting new silver knobs, leaning casually next to our chair. If they were leaning any more casually, I would half be expecting them to grow hormones and ask the chair out on a date while suavely examining themselves in their locker mirror.
Do I spend too much time in a high school?
In all seriousness, I think they add a lot of texture and interest to the otherwise gaping hole created by the underside of our desk.
And I have another shutter project in the works (which apparently means that I am in a hurry to paint shutter slats again?) since I was recently inspired by the oversized 6' version that I saw at an architectural salvage store. Stay tuned! :)