Inexpensive Display Shelf

Ever since we rented a booth at an Antique Mall, we have been looking for inexpensive ways to display small items we’re selling. We’re working on several pieces of furniture to put our space, so I didn’t want to spend a lot of time or money on something we’re only using as a display shelf.

So, what to do…? I had a couple of shutters I picked up at Habitat Restore years ago. I don’t even remember my reason for buying them at the time. Because I can’t remember how much they cost either, they are technically “free” in my mind. See how that works??

shutter display shelf

I removed some of the slats by wedging a hammer in between the slats, then twisting the hammer. (Please wear safety glasses!)

shutter shelf 2

Once the slat broke in two, the pieces came right out from the sides.

shutter shelf 3

I laid the two shutters side by side to make sure I removed the correct slat in each one.

shutter display shelf

I had a partial sheet of plywood in the garage that, magically, was the exact height of the shutters! That became the back of the display case. I attached the plywood to the shutters with wood glue and a pin nail gun.

I picked up two boards at Lowes for the shelves. They simply slide through the shutters where I removed the slats. I gave the shutters a quick paint white wash to brighten them up.

shutter display shelf

Simple! And cheap. The boards from Lowes were $5.00 each and they cut them in half for me. Easy! I know a sewing/craft room that could use this shelf unit too!

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