A few months ago I stumbled upon this Door Initial idea on Pinterest - Door Initial Monogram Shabby Chic. I thought it was super cute, but I could easily make it for much less than $50.
We started by choosing a font and making a template for the letter. Then we cut the letters out of plywood.
I painted a base coat of a dark brown. Then I layered a barn red over it. It look a few layers and mixes to achieve the antique look I was going for. I found the best way was to paint the red and then use my fingers to blend in some browns for accent.
I picked up some fabric flowers, lace ribbon and wheat at my craft store to decorate the letters.
Here is my letter S and the inspiration Letter S.
I am pleased with how mine turned out (definitively shabby-chic), and it cost much less than $10.
My door S is hanging in my kitchen now, since I have my fall wreath on my front door.