I have built a few of these and thought they would be a perfect project for my first instructable. They look great and are fairly simple to make.
Step 1: Materials
You will need: a 3x5 wood plaque (available at Michaels or JoAnne fabrics), a drill with an 11/64 bit and a 1/2 bit, 100 grit sandpaper, acrylic paint (2 colors), drawer pull or small door knob (vintage if you can find one), and 2 8x1-1/2 flathead brass screws. You will also need a Dremel with a cutting wheel bit to trim the knob bolt.
Step 2: The Holes
First we need to measure where the holes will go. Take you ruler and measure diagonally from each corner and make an X in the middle. This is where the hole for the knob will go. Using the 11/64 bit, drill all the way through.
Step 3: The Holes
Next you will measure for the screw holes that will mount your hanger to the wall. I put my holes 1/4 inch from the edge. Next, drill out both holes with the 11/64 bit.
Step 4: The Hole for the Nut
Next we need to make the hole where the nut will hold the drawer pull. Using the 1/2 inch bit, bore into your previous hole about half way into the wood. DO NOT go all the way through!
Step 5: Lightly Sand
At this stage you can sand down the holes you drilled to make them look nice. You can also "distress" the wood for added vintage look. I like to lightly sand to make a nice surface to paint on.
Step 6: Painting
The knob I chose is red and white. I wanted to have these colors pop on the wood. I don't want too much red to over power. I chose "festive red" and "parchment white" as my colors. Start with the darker color first. Paint the top and sides. I like to have 2-3 coats to make a nice thick base color. Let the coats dry an hour or so before the next coat. Let dry overnight on the last coat.
Step 7: The Second Color
Now that the red is all dry, it is time to apply the white coats. Do the same steps with the white as you did with the red. Then allow to dry over night.
Step 8: Making It Old
Now comes the fun part. Using your 100 grit sand paper, start to gently sand the surface. You can be as creative as your want on this step. I like to get the color to pop by sanding the edges, sometimes down to expose the wood underneath. You can do as much or as little as you want until you get your desired effect.
Step 9: Trimming the Bolt
Using your Dremel, trim down the knob bolt to approximately 3/4 inch ( or to fit ) so that the bolt is flush in the hole you made in the back. Then place in the knob in the hole and fasten the nut tightly.
Step 10: Final Prep
At this point you could add a bit of sealer to the top, but I like the way it looks with out it. Just put in your brass screws and hang on the wall. Try different colors and shapes to create a functional piece of art.