Magazine article Sunset

Shutter Cabinet

Magazine article Sunset

Shutter Cabinet

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Weekend project

It's an unfinished bookcasejust add shutter doors and vivid color

This tall cabinet adds storage and a casual country look to any room. The surprise is that it's so easy to make: You start with an unfinished bookcase-whatever size suits your purposeand add a pair of ready-made louvered shutters.

For the 7-foot-tall cabinet shown above, purchased for about $390 from an unfinished-furniture store, we used 18- by 807/8-inch shutters that cost about $285. Shutters typically come in two styles: traditional, with 11/4-inch slats, and plantation, with 21/4-inch slats. We selected the latter because their scale fit this large unit.

To tailor the shutters to this bookcase, we shortened them by 2 inches and later hung them with brass hinges. Painting, staining, and drying took four days.

The bookcase and shelves were sealed with a primer, then sanded smooth with medium-grade (180-grit) sandpaper. We painted the exterior a leafy green and the interior a rich gold for contrast. …

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