Introduction

finished shutter mirror
Photo: Andrew McCaul
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Whether you need to steal a glance as you dash out the door or want a place to stash a reminder note, this shutter mirror could be just the ticket. We repurposed an old pair (these were $1 each at a yard sale) and mounted them on ½-inch plywood with an inexpensive mirror (about $30 at IKEA) centered in between. Orienting the louvers upward provides slots for slipping in notes or cards, or even hooking on small baskets. Adding panel details lends architectural character, and a coat of paint unifies the parts, making this one looking glass that's a real looker.

Tie project parts together with paint (we used Behr's Windwood Spring).
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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • caulk gun
      Caulk gun
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • miterbox with saw
      Miter box
    • back saw for a miter box
      Back saw
    • 2-and-a-half-inch paintbrush
      2½-inch paintbrush

    Shopping List

    Mirror (ours is 17¾ by 35 inches)

    Shutters

    ½-inch plywood Get a half sheet.

    Construction panel adhesive

    1x3 pine for panel frames Get one 8-footer

    1 1/16-by-1-inch base-cap molding Get one 8-footer

    1¼-inch drywall screws

    Wood filler

    220-grit sandpaper

    Primer

    Latex paint