Ever since we bought our 1980's center hall colonial, I have been trying to figure out ways to add character. These barn doors were the perfect addition to my dining room. This tutorial is for a single sided barn door.
Measure Once & Cut Twice
My closet opening is 37" x 81" and I made my doors 40" x 83".
I wanted to make sure I had enough overhang and I didn't
want to have to cut my boards cut down in width.
Materials (each door):
8 - 1 in. x 6 in. x 8 ft. Tongue and Groove Pine
(purchased at Home Depot)
8 - 1 in. x 6 in. x 8 ft. Pine Trim Boards
I cut all my tong and groove boards down to size (82") before
I glued them. Then I used Tight Bond Two to glue all my
boards together making sure to get lots of glue in each
After I had my boards all glued up and was sure that everything was straight, I clamped them together with pipe clamps. Make sure to wipe up any glue that seeps out now. It's much easier than scaping it after it dries! Follow the drying time advised.
Once everything is dry, remove the pipe clamps and cut the trim boards to size. Measure for each cut to be sure the trim lines up exactly. For the diagonal board I placed it across where I wanted it to be and marked each side. I cut these a hair long so I could make sure my angles were nice and tight.
Putty Time!!!!! Two coats of wood putty to make things nice and smooth. Dry and sand between each coat.
Primer is essential if you don't want the knots to blead through. I often use the cheaper pine to save money, especially if I plan on painting it. The problem can be bleed through with the knots causing a yellow discoloration. As long as you use a good primer to spot prime the knots and a good primer and the rest of the piece you should be fine.
Hardware?????? This was a difficult decision as I needed over 11' for both doors. The price difference at some of these sights was $100's. I read lots of reviews, but the final deciding factor was a friends barn door hardware. A friend of mine built a beautiful barn door for her bathroom and had gotten the hardware on Amazon. Her door slid beautifully and the hardware looked great.
Installation: Level, plum....I don't think so!!! Although I do have to say the part of the closet I built was much more close to plum than the original walls of the house. When installing the bard door hardware refer to the specific instructions that came with your hardware but, I ended up having to use a header board to give my lags something to attach to. I pained this the same color as my wall because I didn't want it to stand out. The main thing when installing the hardware is to make everything level, even if the ceiling or door openings are not. the door will not slide properly if not hung dead on level.
Total cost for this project was about $300 dollars. This included all the wood for two doors, the barn door track hardware, screws and glue.
I'm Corinna and I DIY everything. I love power tools and getting up early. My husband and I are currently remodeling our house to create a beautiful home to raise our two daughters in. Follow us as we learn as we go.