DIY Barn Door

This has been my favorite project for a long time, it was done a while ago but I wanted it to live on here on this blog! It is a big one and cost a lot of sweat and tears (of stress and joy of course) but it is totally worth it. So here it is! Hope you love it as much as I do!

DIY Barn Door - Calm Chaos Blog

First things first – I picked up some pieces of cedar wall paneling from Home Depot (like seen here). Truth is I had picked it up in hopes of putting up a panelled accent wall behind my TV but it just didn’t work out. This is better anyways – Que sera, sera right? I had the panels cut to the appropriate length and after some gluing and clamping as seen below I had attached all 7 pieces. Some people might think – why not just buy a door? Well here’s why - first there is a step down to the living room so if I had a door on hinges it would be jutting out and hanging over the floor by the height of the step. Not cool. Second this doorway connects my kitchen to my living room and would totally just be in the way and a total eyesore and it would last no time before I’d have it ripped down so definitely a no-go. And lastly, the ceiling height is not your traditional height and if I had bought a door to install on the track it would be too short for the space. No store-bought door was going to work.

DIY Barn Door - Calm Chaos Blog
DIY Barn Door - Calm Chaos Blog

 

The next step was to attach the frame. I screwed 1×4s to the cedar plank “door” along the top and the bottom. The barn door track was purchased at Home Depot (this one to be exact). This I debated for a long time, I wanted to make my own track too but I figured I’d better play it safe at this point, this room is the main room in my house and if it didn’t look great (If i fooled up the track and left big holes in the wall as I probably would have) I’d be pretty bummed.  The track attached pretty easily to the wall and to the “door” and I was so excited once it was hung up. One little issue I had was that the trim around the door frames in this old house are about an inch thick. This caused me to have to bring the wall out a little to line it all up. I attached a small square of left-over scrap wood to the stud using long screws and then attached the track to that. The next problem was that my floor isn’t level and the door kept jamming up in the floor. About an hour of sanding later it slid perfectly along the track. Next, my uncle (who has 1000000x more carpentry experience than me) came to visit and reminded me that barn doors have a cross brace (the diagonal thingy) to reinforce the door so that it doesn’t warp over time. Duh, right? I mean they wouldn’t put that there for no reason – so I set off to measure out the diagonal cross-bracing. 

DIY Barn Door - Calm Chaos Blog
DIY Barn Door - Calm Chaos Blog

 

Once the cross-brace was attached I stained it the same color gray that I had used for my Media Shelf (seen here).

DIY Barn Door - Calm Chaos Blog

 

It allows me to close off the doorway and allow my pups in or out, It’s a pretty cool piece if I do say so myself ! What do you think?