Using a 5 panel door from old home, we trimmed the edges to square and stripped the clear coat finish, sanded, and applied a darker stain. Once the stain dried, we applied a barn red craft-barrel paint and rubbed and wiped it in much like the stain procedure.
The shelf is made from the doors casing and the small apron beneath the shelf is the door stop from the jam. We a 1/8″ groove an inch from the edge of the shelf to hold small items we may lean against the canvas.
We plan to stagger 5×7 picture frames on each panel with photos of our family. This unit is hanging with a heavy gage wire from two wood screws mounted in two separate studs. The wire is connected to the door with eye screws.
We converted this 5 panel door into a headboard for our king size bed.
The edge where the hinges were mounted was trimmed to a smooth edge. The top and bottom were measured to equal lengths and trim to square. 4×4 post were mounted to the top and bottom of the door which when turned horizontal became the sides of the headboard. The post were screwed in with 4″ wood screws and counter sunk and topped off with a wooden button.
The headboard has 3 coats of semi-gloss enamel from Sherwin-Williams. The paint and construction has held up wonderfully. The headboard does not rock or knock against the wall. It is very sturdy and attractive.