Making New Furniture Out of Old Shutters
To create the sides of this combination curio cabinet and bookcase, Mike Whiteside of Black Dog Salvage (blackdogsalvage.com) used a pair of raised-panel shutters rescued from a demolished turn-of-the-century house. By cutting holes in the top of each shutter and insetting antique iron scrollwork, Whiteside added visual interest to the piece. The filigreed openings also allow natural light to pass through and illuminate what's inside the cabinet.

For its top, Whiteside used the stiles and rails of a badly damaged 1850s shutter. The door is actually a narrow 18-light window that gives the piece the look of an old English telephone booth, minus the glossy red paint.

As with most of Whiteside's furniture projects, the cabinet is made almost entirely from salvaged materials. "Only the nails and screws are new," he says.

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