Friday, October 14, 2016

DIY barn door designs and tutorials

As many of you know, I tend to get into decor trends way late. Usually by the time they're not cool anymore, I like them. It's my thing. I'm pretty sure the barn door trend is here to stay though and I've been trying to figure out where I could make one work in our house for a good year now. I have a couple ideas in mind but I'd have to make some additional changes first. 

A few months ago a friend of mine found a beautiful barn door ready-made at Home Depot and I was intrigued. I saw this one at Lowe's the other day:
sliding barn doors at Lowe's and Home Depot

As I mentioned when I shared it on social media -- the price is hard to swallow when a sliding door can be built fairly inexpensively. BUT I certainly know that sometimes it sure is nice to just buy something and not make it! ;) 

It's great that you can get one so easily now! If you do a search on Craigslist you can usually find a local resource as well. But if you're interested in making your own I've gathered a few great resources for you! 

This is one of those projects that seems daunting but is really a simple project -- you'll need a saw and a drill or nail gun to make the door. The only consistent problem I hear is hanging the door hardware -- it sounds like that is more difficult than making the door! 

Jenna Sue shared how to make two versions of a barn door: 
DIY barn door designs

I like both options and love the double doors! 

My friend Traci shared how they made a barn door for their mud room: 
how to make a sliding barn door

I love the pretty "X" design on the bottom!

If you love the look of barn doors but don't have a good spot for one, you can always just lean it against a wall: 
how to make a barn door for display

Keep in mind you can use any door too -- and it doesn't have to be quite so rustic. Christina repurposed a hollow core door for her kitchen: 
repurpose hollow core door into sliding door

I love that! The new trim completely updates it! 

I love this more modern take on the sliding door: 
modern sliding door

So beautiful! You can find single doors with a lot of character at your local Habitat Restore and online. Your options are endless!

Rachel took a paneled door and repurposed it into a sliding door:
repurposing an old door into sliding version

That pretty glass door knob completes it!

I LOVE that Jaime took this trend and created furniture with the same look:
DIY sliding barn door cabinet

She includes detailed plans for this piece -- wouldn't that be lovely as a buffet in a kitchen or dining room? 

You can find the sliding hardware at hardware stores now but I think the best selection is on Amazon. The prices are great -- years ago it seemed they were a lot more.

This traditional sliding barn door hardware is $60: 
dark bronze sliding barn door hardware

And this one is only $50!: 
inexpensive sliding barn door hardware

This one is $50 too and I love the unique design
unique sliding barn door hardware

That's the hardware my friend used on a white door and it's so pretty. 

The more modern versions are harder to come by and seem to be a little more expensive. This stainless steel sliding hardware is $80:
modern sliding door hardware

I love the look, whether it's modern or more traditional! And a sliding door gives you more useable space in a room too -- when a door doesn't swing out into the room you gain a little bit of square footage. I have taken down many doors in our house for just that reason! 

Have you built or bought a sliding door for your home? I don't think this trend is going anywhere soon! Of course I'll let you know if I make one for our home. :) 

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8 comments:

  1. Love these ideas! Happy Friday ♥

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  2. I have never actually seen one in person, but I wonder about if they are floppy, or do they scratch the baseboards? Do they make a tight seal in the door frame like a regular door?

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  3. fell in love with these beauties last year and made one for our bedroom/bathroom. Absolutely Love these barn doors. Since the door is seen from both sides, I stained both the sides differently.
    http://techiesdiyadventures.blogspot.com/2015/06/orange-and-gray-painted-5-paneled-door.html
    http://techiesdiyadventures.blogspot.com/2015/06/barn-door.html

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  4. I prefer the look of pocket doors, though that requires a lot more work and planning around electrical switches. If I was building a house, I would put them all over the place.

    I removed a door to my laundry room since there was another door that would close off the area from the rest of the house. Love it. Gave me a lot of room on one wall to rearrange things and I even put a chair in there to be able to relax while waiting for that last minute on the dryer.

    Liz

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  5. I had no idea that the prices had come down so dramatically! Yay! Thanks for sharing all that info!

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  6. Our playroom door is always in the way and we can not put pocket doors there. This would be an awesome solution to the problem!

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  7. I'm obsessed with these doors! I saw some at Home Depot and I almost purchased!!

    Mel | www.thegossipdarling.com

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  8. Sliding idea is just fantastic! It saves the space & looks gorgeous and especially thanks for using repurposed door technique.
    keep posting :)

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