DIY Barn Door

About 2 years ago, I bought a barn door slider kit to use at our old house.  Shortly after, we bought a new house for our growing family and we moved, so the barn door slider kit moved with us.  Fast forward a year and a half later, I finally decided where I wanted it.  I can do a lot of DIY projects myself, but I’m smart enough to know when I need help and this was one of those times.

One of my main go-to DIY guys is my step-dad.  That man can do just about anything.  I knew he’d be able to help me I’d be able to help him get the job done…right.

During the process I ended up changing which doorway I wanted it to go in and I’m so happy I did.  I love that it separates our playroom from the kitchen and living room as well as my laundry room which was the bonus of me changing my mind on the doorway.

For this post, I’ll just kinda show you the steps in pictures.  I was able to take so many more pictures since I wasn’t the only one on the job.  🙂

  1. Find the studs.  Once we found them, we figured out that the piece of metal that came with the kit (with the holes pre-drilled) wasn’t going to work with the spacing of the studs.
  2. I just so happened to have an extra 1×4 from when I redid my deck (see this post) an we were able to use it to attach to the wall at the studs and then fasten the metal piece into it.
  3. Attach the pieces to the door so that the door can actually slide on the metal piece.  I didn’t get a picture of him attaching the pieces…this is him using my deck as a workbench. 🙂IMG_0139
  4. Hang the door!IMG_0246
  5. One slight issue we had with this door after I decided to put it in a different doorway was the doorway was about 3 inches taller than the other one.  *eyeroll*  BUT I had this door that I had bought for around $20 and I was going to use it.  My step-dad custom made a piece that fastened to the bottom of this door to make it fit this doorway.IMG_0247
  6. The kit also came with a piece that attaches to the floor and fits into a channel in the bottom of the door so the door doesn’t just swing from the slider.  I didn’t get a good picture of this.
  7. The door is done!  I have to put a little wood filler in where the bottom of the original part of the door was worn meets the new piece that fastened to the door and paint the door. IMG_0249

Don’t mind the washer in the middle of the room there.  That post is next!

Now the question is, what color should I paint it?  Should I stick with a white door or paint it an accent color?  Comment your opinion in the comments below!



One thought on “DIY Barn Door

  1. A shade of light blue would be pretty! There are pre-cut corner tape pieces available now which would probably be helpful with all those panes of glass to paint around. ~Mir


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