One trend I’m so loving is the barn door look. When farmhouse decor became popular, replacing regular interior doors with sliding barn doors was born. However, finding them can be a challenge and they can be very expensive. So, we decided to make our own and it’s surprisingly pretty easy if you have the right tools. What I really think makes the door is the gorgeous hardware. I am so happy I could partner with National Hardware for this project . It all came with easy installation directions. So let’s learn how to build that beautiful DIY barn door.
To get started you need to measure your door and decide the size door you need to build. Be sure to make it wide enough to cover the trim and that you have clearance for when the door is fully open.
- 4′ x 8′ plywood and cut to the size of the door you are making
- 1′ x 6′ pine boards- we needed 6 boards to frame both sides
- trim of your choice
- staple gun
- brass wood screws 1 1/2- 1 3/4
- circular saw
- miter saw/box
- stain color of choice. We used Dark Walnut
- Barn door hardware. Ours is the Designer set from National Hardware https://www.national-hardware.com/
Cut the plywood to the size of door you need.
Trim the door with your 1’x 6′ boards cut to the size needed. We laid side one down on the floor and stapled them together to keep then stable and in place.
Place your plywood on top of the side one trim and attach with screws.
Lay the side 2 trim boards on the other side of the plywood and attach with screws
Cut your trim pieces and finish out the inner frames of the door panels
Sand your door and apply a wood stain pre conditioner. This will help the stain go on better and not grab the grain too much.
Stain your door the color of your choice. You can also paint and distress it to look like a worn barn door.
Add your hardware starting with the door roller hardware brackets on top of the door. Make sure the rollers are facing away from the front of the door. Follow all the directions on your hardware manual for details and more information. We love this designer series set from National Hardware https://www.national-hardware.com/barn-door-hardware
Attach a header board the length of the mounting bracket to give the door more stability. Be sure to hang it high enough to give your door clearance of the floor so it doesn’t drag on the bottom.
Add the top guide rail onto the header as suggested in your installation directions.
Hang your beautiful new door! Oh and add the handle once it’s hung so you know the height you want once it’s hanging.
It’s amazing what a difference just a new door with character makes in a room. I am so excited and loving how this turned out and the rich warmth it adds to the entire room. The hardware is so gorgeous and added the perfect touch to the entire look.
Making big changes yourself can be so much more economical and can change a builder grade look to a custom home so easily. I highly recommend https://www.national-hardware.com/ when you are searching for the perfect hardware for all of your home projects.
Are you ready to build your own door? Add that to your list of 2021 projects to try. You will love how a small project can add a big impact to spaces in your home. Be sure to subscribe to my weekly newsletter to stay updated on all the latest Hip & Humble Style projects.