So those of you who are super cool and fun follow me on twitter and facebook…(wink wink, nudge, nudge) you know that I am in the process of changing out the counters in the master bath. Here is a peak of the past project in there….Painting the Cabinets. And we thought we could live with the counters…being beige and all….but I just couldn’t look past them. So I was out on a mission…I was thinking some beautiful reclaimed hardwood would be so so so perfect in there. A nice warm tone and texture…but yet a touch modern too. Lovely….well, no go, couldn’t find just what I was looking for….but I did find these bad boys..

 Vintage house shutters….ohhhhh yeah….Found them at Architectural Salvage. Love love love…
 They were $30 for the pair! Yeap, and they are solid wood…plenty of old coats of paint on them…and oddles of character! BFF Melis tells me all the time she loves the projects that make my new house seem older…and this is one of them. I love that!
 I consulted with MissMustardSeed about how to tackle the old paint. My plan was to sand down with course sand paper all the chippy spots (note: I am sure this was lead paint…so take precaution if you tackle this) She said I was right on track…love her!! I first used a scrapper to get all the loose chips of paint off…then once the chipped paint is up I sanded the entire shutter with a course grade sand paper and my Black and Decker electric sander. This ensures to get all those really rough patches smooth so they don’t chip.Vacuum all the dust and debris. Wipe with damp rag. After it is perfectly dry…start the poly!

I did 4 coats of this Minwax water-based poly. I used a brush to get it in the wood good.
You can look back on the rest of the bathroom update here
More on the bathroom update coming soon….hint: it includes my very-first-all-by-myself-plumbing-install , I’m growin up so fast…where does the time go???!!!!!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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  1. Great idea, can't wait to see it finished. I am now following you.

  2. SUper idea! Love the look of that old thing. I also try to rough up my new houeyse with rustic and "vintagy" stuff. Can't wait to see how this one turns out for ya!

  3. Kim @ Cheap Chic Home

    What a great project–I'm pondering counter top solutions for two bathrooms myself. I'll be anxious to see how yours turns out.

  4. Jen @

    I'm so excited to see your bathroom counter installed. I love this idea!


  5. So, is there a link to the finished counter? I’m on pins and needles.

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