We loved this upcycled entryway so much, we asked Canadian couple Shannon and Dean of Aka Design to give us a play-by-play on how they achieved their look. Warning: Do try this at home!
- An old door (with escutcheon)
- Two spindles
- Two heavy metal brackets
- Crystal door knob
- Large cast iron hook
- 2×12 cut to the width of the door
- Smaller wood for making table top skirts
- Dark walnut stain
- Foam brush
- Black paint
- Red paint (or top colour of choice)
- Antiquing wax
- Lint-free cloth
- Sand entire door, spindles, and all wood. Remember to check for lead before you work with old painted things! Wipe everything with a rag to remove dust and debris.
- Distress the 2×12 by sanding off the perfect edges and beating it with keys, a hammer, chain, etc.
- Using the dark walnut stain and foam brush, stain the table top. Be sure to get the stain into the distressed grooves and dents so they’re darker than the rest. Set aside to dry. (Repeat if necessary).
- Meanwhile paint door and spindles with primer. Let dry. Repeat if necessary.
- Now paint entire door and spindles flat black. Let dry. Repeat if necessary.
- Now paint the door and spindles with top coat in colour of choice. We used Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Tricycle. Let dry and repeat if necessary.
- Using brackets and screws, assemble the table top and affix it to the door. Attach hook.
- If desired, distress entire piece using sandpaper. This will allow the black to show through.
- Coat the whole thing with Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Wax and then really play up the details with Miss Mustard Seed Antiquing Wax.