I made a door headboard a while ago for a girl named Kaylee. It apparently is a blog favorite out there because I get e-mails asking how I did it all the time. It looked like this.
First, get an old paneled door. If you're lucky you might be able to find one on craigslist. If not, I would look at any architectural salvage place. If you live in Phoenix, Stardust is a good one. Cut off the bottom of the door so it's the same length on both sides like so...
Here's my lover cutting wood in flip flops. (My shop teacher in high school would lapse into a coma if he saw us working in the garage. I swear I'm always one rusty nail away from lock jaw... Back to the tutorial.)
Cut your molding at 45 degrees the entire length of the door like so...
Don't worry about sanding now, you will do it all over before painting. Next you'll glue and finish nail the molding to the door.
Then glue and nail a 1x4 to the top. Cut the 1x4 a few inches longer than the molding at the top on either end.
Add a few worm holes with a hammer and an nail. You don't have to do this part. My weirdness just likes to imagine tiny worms living in my wood, eating food until they have a belly ache. Too many kids books I guess.
Now you're ready to stain. I always use minwax and I really like Dark Walnut. But provincial is a little lighter and still a really great color over any paint.
This part makes people nervous. But it's not rocket surgery. You just have to do it a couple times to get the hang of the consistency.
How many of you said that in Mr. Miyagi's voice? Start light and keep wiping on and off to make it darker. The longer you keep the stain on before wiping the darker it will be. So don't get distracted.
Then you're all finished! Let it dry and hang it!
See? Way darker than the original color.
A close up of the egg and dart molding. And those worm holes I love so much.
Here are some tips to remember.
1. Get a lighter color than the end result. The stain makes all paint waaaay darker.
2. In my opinion, you can never distress too much.
3. Use a door with horizontal panels. Vertical ones just look weird.
4. Don't forget to hydrate with an ice cold soft drink. I swear it makes work more enjoyable.
That's about it. I'm going to try and do another tutorial at the end of the week from a pinterest project so stick around.