Thursday, March 7, 2013

DIY Sliding Barn Door

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I'm sooper excited to show you this sliding barn door project!  Check. It. Out.  That's it down there. 

Okay that's a bright picture, but it's all I gots!
So, our funky old house has so. many. doors.  Out of EIGHT rooms, only ONE has one door.  TWO rooms have TWO doors, and THREE rooms have........THREEEEEE doors!  Granted, it's a little bit of a different way to live always zig zagging through this maze, (but I am always comforted that should there be a fire, there's almost always three exits).  One of these days I may figure out why this old house was designed like this, but as for now...I dunno.

My point is - with all those doors moving in and out, one finds it hard to make the space for them to swing open and closed.  Most of the folks that own houses around here utilize the pocket door; I, however, fell in love with this sliding barn door I had come across photographs such as these below and knew it would be a great alternative to a pocket door:





  

















But upon looking into the price of sliding barn door hardware - I thought it would be wishful thinking swept under the rug.  I mean, that's not even a, "Well, maybe someday" investment.  That's more of like a, "Somebody put me out to pasture if I'm crazy enough to spend $300 on one door" investment.

And then, comes Country Living magazine to the rescue - they posted a lovely tutorial on how to DIY this here.

We already had a door lying around that we had taken from another area, so the whole project was done for around $40 using this hardware:

Okay, I goofed on the street elbows, and instead picked up  REGULAR 90° elbow pieces.  What you want is a 90° STREET elbow - and this means the threads will be on the outside of one side of the pipe, rather than the inside- to fit into those floor flanges you see there.

Once we got the hardware  home, it was just a bunch of measuring, drilling, screwing, and fitting the puzzle pieces together.


Can you look at it and see where everything went?  I will not post a detailed step-by-step tutorial, if you want that, got the link provided above.  I will; however, give these notes:

**It's a little bit tricky drilling into the side of a door - it's pretty thin - so take your time drilling and be careful not to split your wood.  Be mindful to go straight in, lest your drill angle out and make a hole through the front or back of your door!

**Make sure you measure the extra room for your eyelet hooks.  Your pipe will not be fitting directly above your door - I left about 1 1/2" extra for the pipe to go through the eyelets.

**When we first started moving the door around, it made an AWFUL squeaking noise.  I oiled mine up (with PAM. hehe), and it has worked just loverly ever since!

There we go!  That's the DIY sliding barn door for ya.

And, just FYI, this is what this area of the kitchen looked like shortly after we bought it.  This is NOT what it looked like WHEN we bought it.  Actually, I wish I had taken more pictures the day we stepped into this house...but just take it from me, there was a crazy black UFO lookin' fan/light in here, and the walls were dingy gray.


Pretty cool, huh?

And here's another photo, just for funsies:


59 comments:

  1. OOOOOH can't wait to see it in real life~!

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  2. CAPTCHA!!!! REALLY AMY!? Are you getting spammed that much?

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  3. How flippin' cute is that door!?? Incredible creativity!

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  4. Ahhh, I love it! Good job...and I actually like it way better than the example pics you posted!

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  5. So should I say..."it's nice to meet you Amy Vila" or "You now officially live in a barn!!"

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  6. I love the bright red door. It's a nice pop of color against the white walls and makes the kitchen look really interesting. I've been meaning to get a sliding door installed for my pantry too, but I've been holding back, not realizing it can be this easy and affordable. Thanks for sharing the DIY link and tips, Amy!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Katie! Oh, please do DO it! It's wonderful! :)

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  7. So you used plumbing hardware for the rod of this sliding door? That's pretty awesome! I thought it was some kind of a hard metal whatsoever. I think that's a good alternative, particularly if you have a tight budget for this kind of a DIY project. I love how it gives this room a pop of color red. Nice choice of color! -A & B Siding & Roofing

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  8. Amazing "before" &"after" photos! Your "new" kitchen is fabulous! I'm so inspired!

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  9. Danielle Bailey @ VinylumeIncNovember 6, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    That sliding barn door is a great idea! By the way, thanks for sharing how you did it. You made it look easy. This is something any household can afford to set up. I believe it's okay to invest on your ideal door, but make sure it fits your budget. After all, doors add to the curb appeal of a house.

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  10. You are absolutely correct when you wrote how cool it is. Well, it is! It somehow gives the room more life and color. The idea of a sliding barn door is definitely wonderful because this allows homeowners to maximize the space usage in their house. Thanks for sharing!

    Ron Bauguss @ CarolinasHomePros

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  11. I will be doing this to my house only I will be using old 6ft tall decorative shutters off an old Victorian house!!.. I am curious how well the casters on the bottom keep the door from hitting the frame and scraping/chipping the paint. is there any swing to it at all?

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    1. Hi Karen! Your place sounds FUN!

      As for your question about there being any "swing" to it? I hope I understand your question correctly - but if you are asking if the CASTERS swing (like a shopping cart or something) - these do NOT. You can buy them both ways depending on your needs, and these are fixed. The actual door itself never connects with the wall. You just need to make sure you pick out the fixed casters at the store.

      Here are the damage the door DOES do:

      The casters DO scratch my painted floors. I kind of knew that would happen, but I was so excited to have the door that I decided to ignore that little faux pas. I can be lazy and impulsive like that. :) However I DID at least consider options - and I did see some molding that you could essentially use like a "track" just a long, straight piece of wood with a lip on each side to keep the casters from falling off. I feel that if you just made sure to measure for it to fit, it would work quite well to keep the paint from chipping if you have painted floors like myself. Then you'd just have to mind it so you didn't trip on it - so I guess sometimes it's just a matter of choosing your battles when you're DIYing, huh? Of course, you could always use a rug if it suits your purposes - or it just might not scratch and be damaging to other types of floors like tile? Just some thoughts.

      Also - when you open the door, the doorknob on the other side DOES hit the frame a little. We're just sure to be careful about it, and I don't have any real damage done to the frame, besides a few minor scratches. My girls are both at an age where they can understand to be a little daintier. It would probably be all sorts of messed up if I had a toddler or a teenage boy in the house or something. :)

      So there you go! You asked a simple question and I answered with a ranting paragraph - probably answering questions you didn't even have. Haha! Hope it helps anyways!

      Amy

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    2. Amy... A friend just told me they make a small plastic peice for sliding closet doors.. it is basically like the one on the picture on the website below.. you could put it at the outer edge ofthe door..(so it isnt a trip hazzard)... screwed to the floor... when you slide the door open it will stay in that small track.
      Generally I think I have seen them on double sliding closet doors...it may help
      http://www.raphaelhebert.com/100709%20Eichler%20Closet%20ReHang%20FP.html

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    3. Amy... I may even try to use a heavy napkin holder... that way it will be more decorative....after knocking off the little legs and screwing it down to the floor.... I think the door will slide through
      http://www.pinterest.com/pin/473300242058654380/
      Karen

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  12. i am afraid it will make some noise when sliding. you can check ours new stainless steel sliding door hardware http://youtu.be/r_BIZ3QjNqI

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    1. It's a good point. It did squeak something AWFUL at first - but we were able to rub oil on it and haven't had the problem since!

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    1. Hi Chef. So sorry, I sort of abandoned this blog - but I didn't mean to be rude. :S The door was already in the house when we bought it. We removed it from another room that we didn't feel needed a door, and painted it.

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  14. I like this idea. It would be great in a my home but I would actually prefer clear acrylic on door.

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    1. Thanks, Chris! Loved you in that thing you were in. ;)

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  16. Your door track idea is much simpler than the one we found online & used for our bathroom barn door.
    I love it! Fun touch to your kitchen too.
    We'll be trying it on on our next door project. :))

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  17. If this was an interior door you already had in your home, did you have to make the door frame a little smaller/more narrow so that the door covers the doorway when it is closed? I live in an old house that was built in the mid 1950's. It has all of the original solid wood doors (some with large panes of glass just like yours), and am in the middle of a project and have convinced myself I can do this. I was already trying to figure out how to use my own door without spending a fortune on a new barn type door all while staying true to my home. I ran across your blog and realized you found a way to complete the project I've had in my head for some time! You've solved the height issue by putting the door on casters. I just wonder about the width of your door vs your door frame since it was an existing interior door. Any advice you might offer would be appreciated!

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  18. I love it. I think the napkin holder track idea is great. I would suggest a stopper at each end of the space to keep the door knob from hitting the frame.

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  19. I am getting prepared to build barn doors from recycled wood and this hardware idea might just work. And now I am thinking once I finish the REAL barn doors on my barn, I will tackle the house. I like the idea of not having doors open into rooms. Great blog and thanks for the hardware ideas. :)
    North Carolina girl

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  20. Just curious if you had lowered the pipe just a bit so the weight is on the casters instead of on the hooks grinding along the pipe... Would that also solve the squeak? Is it hard to open and close?

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  21. love this idea! the possibilities are endless. the country living tutorial lacked pictures.

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  22. Hello Milkshake, Your sliding door is awesome, I'm making one for my pantry and I pen it. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. I LOVE ur idea....we just bought a house and I also wanted barn doors but after I saw the price I was so not happy....With ur idea u have my dream back ❤️❤️

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  24. I have wanted and wanted to put sliding wooden doors on (in front of) our glass sliding doors. To put them on the inside kind of like curtains, because my fur babies have ruined the shades or curtains that I had up. Cost has stopped us. But now... yaaaa hooooo. Thank you Thank you so very much.
    Just one more thing while I am being nosey... Could you tell us how you made your kitchen island/bar? I LOVE IT. I have an old very worn dresser that would work but could use some help or cheat note on how you did it. So Pretty. Thank you again for the door info. Look forward to the possibility of news about the kitchen island/bar.

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    1. Hi Mrs. G!

      I'm so glad to read your comment! That's why I started this blog in the first place - because so many other blogs helped me so much. I used to have a mindset that you needed lots of money to have a great home, and the other blogs and diy-ers opened my eyes to what a bloomin' lie that is! ;)

      Okay, so the kitchen island is actually my childhood dresser. I took the mirror out of it (and placed it in the living room, as you should be able to see in the living room home tour, then I placed it on four cinder blocks (painted white) for height. Then I added a shelf to the backside and a couple stools for my kids to sit at. Necessity was definitely the mother of invention with that one! If you click on "Home Tour", and go to the kitchen, you can see more pics of the island.


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  26. What size pipe did you use? Where did you find the eyelet hooks big enough?


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  28. Would the castors work on carpet?

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  29. THANK YOU!!!!!! I'm looking at hardware going NO WAY am I paying that.

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