How To Create A Beautiful, Modern Barn Door


Several years ago we created this fun barn door. We actually built it on top of the existing door that was there. I love how it turned out and we’ve really enjoyed it. However, I was ready for a. more updated style and not such a rustic farmhouse vibe. I wanted something a little more modern and “chic” looking. So I sketched out a look and Mr H&H brought it to life.







  • 4″x 8″ 3/8″ smooth plywood
  • 1 x 4″ pine boards (we used 7)
  • 1 x 2″ pine boards (we used 4)
  • 1 5/8″ wood screws for the trim
  • 1 1/2″ brad nails for the inside trim
  • 1 x 6″ board for header
  • Barn door hardware of your choice


Step 1

Cut plywood to the size of the door you are making. You want your door size to be large enough to cover the door frame(top and bottom). So make it bigger than a regular door. The dimensions of our door finished is 41 1/2″ x 83 1/4″ . 




Step 2

Frame out the cut plywood with the 1 x 4″ boards and attach with wood screws. We also added a 1×4″ in the center of the door.




Step 3

Lay out the 1 x 2″ boards first to create the design or pattern you want. Once you lay each board down and decide on a pattern, mark the cut lines with a pencil and cut each piece one at a time placing where you want them to lay. Once you have them cut and placed use your brad nailer to adhere them.







Step 4

Fill holes with wood filler and sand the door to prepare for stain or paint.




Step 5

Paint or stain your door the desired look. I used Tricorn Black in satin.






Step 6

Hang your door. First add the header board into the stud. Then add the hardware to the door and hang. We already had our header board installed since we were just replacing the door and we used the old door hardware. You can read more details on how we installed the barn doors here How To Build A Simple And Beautiful Barn Door and here How to change a builder grade door into a barn door




I’m so happy with how it turned out and love the more updated look it gives this whole wall space. It was a fairly eay and inexpensive project and made such a big difference in this area of our home.



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Happy Decorating

January 17, 2023


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