I scored these awesome old entertainment center shelves a while back. It was love at first sight. Yes, they were hideous, but with them being made of real wood, the possibilities were endless.
For the painting/staining/sanding:
I started by sanding the doors down with 60 grit sand paper and then went over them with an off-white latex paint followed with another light sanding. Next, I took brown acrylic paint and diluted it with water. Now, when doing this, you really want to be careful to not add too much water as it will make the paint too thin. Then, I took a paintbrush and brushed my "stain" on and in certain places I let the paint sit longer to really soak in and give it that aged look. For some reason, this is where people tend to freak out and feel they have "messed" up their project! No worries, the messier the better (to me, at least). Finally, after the paint had dried, I gave it another good sanding where I wanted it to appear more aged in places, like the corners.
For the photos:
For the final step, I put mod podge on the back of 8x10 photos to glue them to the wood, then another layer of mod podge on top to seal in the photos.
That was it! I purchased the old shutters for $6 bucks a piece at a local flea market and spray painted those bad boys black to contrast to my wood photo art. Total cost for the whole project? $14 dollars! That's what I'm talkin' about!
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