Southern Cabinets

Submitted by Christi

My friend Darlene’s husband got these wonderful shutters for the Salvation Army Thrift Store.


They had a couple extra that they gave to me. What they did with them was such a good idea. They have a dining area with a window in the middle and then a corner on either side. They used the shutters to make corner cabinets.

Right now, I have the shutters “casually leaning” against the wall in the living area, hiding a plug and cable connection. Clever, no? Well, I’m not that impressed with my cleverness, or lack thereof. Maybe, I should try to find a corner to make a cabinet with the shutters.

Here are some ideas of ways to use salvage pieces for cabinets.



What would you do with salvaged shutters? Looking for ideas.

Metamorphosis Monday with Between Naps on the Porch

Metamorphosis Monday with Between Naps on the Porch

Today’s Lagniappe: Mama’s Cherry Cream Meringue Pie
Mama came up with this recipe that is like one her mother made for her when she was growing up.


1 9 in. baked pie shell
3/4 cup sugar
3 tbs flour
3 egg yolks
1 cup milk
1 cup cherry juice + milk to make 1 cup
1cup maraschino cherries drained and chopped
1/2 tsp. almond extract.
Mix sugar, flour, 1 cup cherry juice/milk mixture in micro-wave proof mixing bowl.
Cook in micro-wave 1 1/2 minutes; remove and stir; cook for 1 1/2 minutes more, stir and add beaten egg yolks and 1 cup milk.
cook for 1 minute in micro-wave, stir until smooth and thick (may need to be cooked for another minute. or two (cook in 1 minute increments so that it doesn’t get too thick.)
Remove from micro-wave and add chopped cherries 2 tbs. butter 1/2 tsp almond extract;
let set until butter is melted then mix well and pour into baked pie shell.
Top with meringue made from the 3 egg whites, 1/8th tsp cream of tartar and 1/4 cup sugar whipped until stiff peaks form.
Bake in a 400 degree oven for 8-10 minutes.


13 Responses to “Southern Cabinets”

  1. Treasia Says:

    Beautiful cabinets, love those. Me, I would make myself a headboard out of them. You may already have one but that’s what I would do.

  2. PATTIE Says:

    Oooh, I love the cabinet idea-the shutters will be gorgeous
    xoxo Pattie

  3. Kat Says:

    I have a table that is made from an old shutter, but I love the picture you have of the cabinet, that would be a wonderful use for those shutters! And that pie looks delish!

    Kat 🙂

  4. Maggie Says:

    Very cute!

    My mother-in-law would love those, might have to work on something like that for her birthday.

  5. Andrea Says:

    Love the shutter idea! You could also put them in a corner and display photos

  6. Kelee Katillac Says:

    Hi Christi!

    I made a table top from one shutter. Just put it on a salvaged base–makes a great potting bench!

    love, kelee

  7. kathysue Says:

    I actually have old shutters just hanging on the wall above a console table. I had a huge bird cage that filled the middle between each shutter that sat on the console, I like them as an architectural piece. Take a look At Velvet and Linen’s dining room makeover, she did something similar with a beautiful tapestry hanging between her shutters. Good luck and enjoy the process,Kathysue

  8. Susan Says:

    Love reading all the ideas in the comments! They would make a neat coffee table with a glass on top.

  9. Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage Says:

    Hmmm…I think they look good just leaned up against the wall…maybe I am alone….

  10. Gail Says:

    How about a room divider, you know the hinged kind. You could do it with 2 shutters. Another idea is to use them on the inside of the window, just as you would outside. I have seen that done, very effective.

    Gail –

  11. Kathy (KBeau) Says:

    Clever way to use old stuff. Your pie looks beautiful. Do you have any secrets for keeping the meringue from weeping?

  12. Rene Says:

    I found some old shutters at a garage sale, they were painted a funky chartruese greenish color and both pairs had hinges on them, their were 4 total. At first I didn’t know what I wanted to do with them or if I even liked the color, but they were only marked $3 dollars for the whole works (what a steal), so I knew I couldn’t pass it by. I now have them in my sunny family room as a divider, they add some privacy where our computer desk sits and the T.V, sofa, wicker chairs, plants and other things are on the opposite side of the room a different area. They stand up great and the color even goes with all my wicker and the walls too 🙂 The pie looks great by the way.

  13. Lia from Petite Little Bee Says:

    The shutters look great – so does the pie! Thanks for sharing. Lia

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