Home Improvement

DIY: Window Shutter Organizer

Organize kitchen utensils, your mail, and even bills!

Photography: Alyssa Roxas

In any home—whether big or small—extra storage counts. Aside from making sure that cabinets and drawers are clean and organized, you have the option of adding shelves and installing rods to store towels, utensils, and other belongings.

If you're looking for a fun and easy way of adding storage in the kitchen, you can turn an old window shutter into an organizer. Here's how you can do it:

What you need:

  • Wooden air vent or shutter (S-type, P385.75, available at Wilcon Depot)
  • 1”- and ½”-sized paint brushes (P14 for the ½” and P20 for the 1”—available at hardware stores)
  • Colored acrylic paint (Use water-based quick dry enamel paint like Davies Bio-fresh Mid-sheen. A liter of the Bio-fresh Lime Bright used in this project costs P330, available at Wilcon Depot)


1. Prepare your materials and don't forget to cover your working area with old newspaper.

2. Make sure the shutter is clean before your paint it. Don't forget to sand any rough edges.

3. Once you're ready, alternate the use of the paint brushes. You can use the ½”-sized paint brush to paint the edges, while the bigger one can be used to coat the entire piece.

RL Tip: Keep turning the shutter over so that the brush strokes and paint marks won't be visible.

4. For this project, you can use one to two coats of paint. However, if you want to achieve depth in color, allow the paint to dry first before adding another layer of paint.

5. Once you've applied the paint, let it dry for an hour or two.

6. Once it’s dry, you can start installing S-hooks to help you organize kitchen utensils and towels.

RL Tip: Create a kitchen counter vignette by propping it up against the wall. Spruce it up with towels and utensils in fun colors similar to what we did. Display the whisk, spatulas, and cutting board. Achieve a cohesive look by choosing must-haves in two complementing colors.

For colorful kitchen pieces, you can check out Daiso Japan and ROY & BIV, Glorietta 4, Courtyard Drive, Ayala Center, Makati City.

Aside from using the window shutter organizer in the kitchen, you can also add one by your home's entrance to help you organize bills and important mail. Those looking for alternative accessory organizers can also use it to store necklaces and bracelets.

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