Elegant Slider Shutters a Blue Wonder [Project 30]

Something radically different for me –> I love–absolutely love–waking up in the morning now!  Here’s why:

My view from the bed — but my photography skills cannot capture the glorious morning light flooding the room in exciting blue & glimmering ivory.

My inspiration for the colour scheme came from this gorgeous piece of glass [right].  Iridescent on one side, it has a glorious combination of blues & turquoise that immediately struck me.

I loved the swirling around the white bubble & measured to include it in the middle section of the left shutter.

Since I wanted a more delicate look in the bedroom, I decided early on to use ½” flat lead came to divide the glass — rather than the wood 1″x2″s used in the original living room shutters [left].

And these ones wouldn’t be bare wood — they’d be painted to match my bedroom walls & trim.

Originally, the valance part was just going to be a piece of the clear glass with ‘waves’ — an area where only the birds can see in.

Somewhere along the way I got a little creative & soldered a simple border around the clear glass [right] — I just had to see more of that beautiful blue.

I was so excited about these beautiful babes that I showed them off unfinished on May 8th — over a month ago!  Here’s how they were then:

Shutters — before bottom wood slider screwed into place, and . . .

I love adding a 3D embellishment to windows & panels — usually a butterfly.  For my ocean view, I soldered a small pod of swimming dolphins [an old pin] to a corner of the valance.  [For a close-up of the pin, click Can’t Wait . . .]

The face board was screwed on the bottom slider & the bare wood sat — again, waiting for me — this time, to get out the paint cans.

Then, major motivation from Kristi, at Addicted2Decorating, who started Make It Happen Monday.  For my first week, I committed to painting the sliders.

I decided to paint the sliders all blue to help them merge with the wall — keeping the shutters themselves as the focal point.

At night, I have gorgeous artwork to cover the dark.

My original plan was to paint the ends blue to match the walls, with the centre sections painted ivory like the shutter frames — additional framing for the window.  But . . .

After I had painted the right ends blue, I was uneasy with the look so I photoshopped a photo with the paint choices.  I just didn’t like the look of the ivory trim & besides, they would be open many more hours than closed — the ivory would hardly ever be lined up!

Of course, it’s now obvious that more of the top frame of the shutters is hidden behind the sliders than the bottom frame — oops, a little miscalculation installing the top slider.  😐

And I should have considered this hiding factor & used 1″x3″s for the top/bottom shutter frames with the 1″x2″s reserved for the side framing.  Next time.  🙂

Maybe some day I’ll move the top slider up that ½” — yeah right!  😉


I am working on a tutorial — honest!  I’ll start with the basics, then add to it.  For now, I’ve added a few construction pictures to this slideshow.

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What do you think?

Would you consider glass shutters instead of curtains or blinds?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

In the meantime, I’ve got a ton of writing & photography to get done — besides the glass project I’ve committed to finishing Monday.  Eeeek!


Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design

Functional glass & wood art on Vancouver Isle


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