DIY Sliding Barn Door

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One of the challenges in our Dining Room turned Office makeover was the odd closet with a missing door in the room. As we perused options, we realized the best solution would be a sliding barn door. Not only did it achieve a look we liked, it provided the practical solutions we were after. Here’s how we did it.

DIY Sliding Barn Door:

Our project began by referring to this tutorial on How to Build a Barn door from the Handmade Home. 

1.Take measurements for the area you are building a door for.

(Like theirs, our door is very large & heavy – measuring  49 inches x  84 inches .)

2. Purchase building & painting supplies

Building Supplies:

  • sheet of MDF,
  • 1 x 8s (outer edge boards),  
  • 1 x 6s (middle boards),
  • and sliding barn door hardware. (We found our sliding door hardware at our local Home Hardware for $89.)

Painting Supplies:

  • Wood stain in color of your choice
  • Aqua Lock primer
  • Paint color of your choice

3. Once the back of the door is cut to the correct size, glue down the side and top boards and tack them down with a nail gun.

*Sliding Barn Tutorial* ~ Create a custom-sized sliding barn door following this simple DIY tutorial.

4.Add the center boards by gluing and tacking down with nails.

5. Once the glue has dried thoroughly, stain the outer and center boards by wiping stain on and off.

*Sliding Barn Tutorial* ~ Create a custom-sized sliding barn door following this simple DIY tutorial.

6. Prime the insets and back of the door with Aqua Lock primer.

*Sliding Barn Tutorial* ~ Create a custom-sized sliding barn door following this simple DIY tutorial.

*Sliding Barn Tutorial* ~ Create a custom-sized sliding barn door following this simple DIY tutorial.

7. To achieve a rustic look, once the primer is dry, wipe a bit of Vaseline on random places on the stained portion of the door. 

Wherever the Vaseline is, the paint won’t adhere, providing an “old door” patina. Then, paint the door the color of your choice. (This door is painted in White Heron by Benjamin Moore.)

*Sliding Barn Tutorial* ~ Create a custom-sized sliding barn door following this simple DIY tutorial.

8. Reinforce the area where the door will be hung by first attaching a 2 x 8 x 12 foot board firmly to the studs of the wall.

(The rail we used was 12 feet long.)

9. Hang the rail itself, making sure it will be the right height for the door.

*Sliding Barn Tutorial* ~ Create a custom-sized sliding barn door following this simple DIY tutorial.

(While we were attaching all that, we propped the door on some boards so it would help hold the weight.)

*Sliding Barn Tutorial* ~ Create a custom-sized sliding barn door following this simple DIY tutorial.

10. Stand back and admire your handiwork!:)

This DIY sliding barn door covers the odd closet nicely, and then when slid all the way over…

*Sliding Barn Tutorial* ~ Create a custom-sized sliding barn door following this simple DIY tutorial.

it closes off the room from the rest of the house.

*Sliding Barn Tutorial* ~ Create a custom-sized sliding barn door following this simple DIY tutorial.

{We really love it!!:)}

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4 Comments

  1. I love your posts and projects Rita! Where did you get the hardware for the sliding barn door? I live in Parksville. Thanks!

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