Barn Door

November 5, 2016 14 Comments

We love barn doors, and of course wanted to incorporate one into our rustic interior. As we built the pantry storage, the idea came along to install a sliding barn door rather than a standard door. Sliding barn doors are not only prettier, but also much easier to install than a regular pocket door.

It definitely makes a statement while being functional at the same time. There are plenty of barn door ideas and decorative hardware available online, so you can customize it to your unique taste and room style.

Depending on the part of America you visit, you will see many barns of different style and color. However, the common element they all share is that they were built with purpose and economy in every farmer’s mind. The typical “X”-shaped design across the doors is there for a reason – it makes the door stronger. The sliding element of the barn doors became popular among farmers because there was no need to swing the large barn door wide open. This prevented cold air from rushing into the room.

Similar to the farmers, we chose the DIY sliding door for its economy of space and simplicity to install. Being functional, it also adds statement and style to the room.

There were no guidebooks or blueprints on how to build barns. The farmers just built what they knew from their ancestors. We improvised with our barn door, too! The sliding door can accommodate any interior design – rustic or contemporary. You can improvise as well! However, if you like our barn door, see our free plan and a video tutorial how to craft this barn door from scratch for less than $300 including hardware kit

Barn door instructions

We built this barn door using 6” x 1’’ pine board.

Shopping list:

Once you have all the materials ready, let’s begin!

1.   Take all door opening measurements and make a drawing similar to the one below. Then decide at what distance you want the slider bar to be from the ceiling and figure out the dimensions of the door. Basically, the door should cover the opening, so give an extra 2-3” overlap on each side and you’re good to go.

All the sizes on the drawings below are from our door that we built, and may not fit your door opening.

2.   Precut all boards to desired sizes and put the boards together without screwing them first to double-check they are aligning well.

3.   Distress the wood. You can find our video tutorial with step-by-step instructions here. You have to distress every board separately before screwing them together.

4.   Assemble the door. When assembling the door, make sure to run the screws from the back side to hide them – marked as “X” on the plan below.

5.   Stain the door to make it look old. See this video for a step-by-step tutorial on how to “age” the wood for this exact barn door.

6.   You are now ready to install your decorative hardware. We used 1” round top rustic nails, a cast iron lion head and a door pull. The hardware comes with all necessary installation screws.

7.   Using the instructions that come with barn door hardware kit, install the slider and hang the door. We found the instructions that come with the kit very straightforward and easy to follow. We bought ours on eBay for around $100.

Here is the final result:

Linking To:

Life On Lakeshore Drive

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  1. Dizzy

    November 7, 2016

    That’s awesome! As soon as we settle in I am gonna start making it. I am obsessed with the barn doors. Thanks for sharing. If I didn’t come across your blog I would have spent around 1500$ or more for a barn door. Great job guys.

  2. Dmitri Karpov

    November 7, 2016

    Thank you Dizzy! We hope this tutorial will be helpful to you. If you have any further questions or need to consult, please shoot us an e-mail! we will be happy to discuss! Have a great day!

  3. Dasha Petrova

    November 7, 2016

    This is so awesome! I am so glad that you guys have incorporated your ideas and talent into a blog for others to learn. I love your style and attention to detail, which makes it so easy for someone else to recreate the same work. Молодцы! Продолжать в том же духе!

    • Dmitri Karpov

      November 8, 2016

      Thank you Dasha!

  4. Анатолий

    November 27, 2016

    Молодец Димка! Есть чему у тебя поучиться. Я откровенно не ожидал. Буду пытаться сделать дверь по твоей технологии. По приезду оцените.

    • Nadia Karpov

      December 19, 2016

      Spasibo! ))

  5. Angie ~ ambient wares

    January 14, 2017

    This is downright stunning! Great job and thank you so much for sharing it with us at Funtastic Friday!

    • Nadia Karpov

      January 19, 2017

      Thank you Angie! Your party is so much fun! 🙂

  6. Italian Belly

    January 19, 2017

    Great instructions. I’m in the middle of renovating an old Italian Villa and we have some old barn doors laying around. Would love to mount it to a sliding rack for the kitchen door. Let’s see if I can get it to be as nice as yours!

    • Nadia Karpov

      January 19, 2017

      I sure they would come out beautiful! Hope to see it when you complete the project! 🙂

  7. Pili

    January 26, 2017

    What a detailed tutorial, thank you so much for sharing it!! I’m going to pin it because I want a sliding door so bad. Now I need to find the time to make one!
    Enjoy the rest of the week!

    • Nadia Karpov

      January 26, 2017

      Pili, thank you for stopping by! I hope to see your new door on your blog in future! 🙂

  8. Stephanie Abbott

    March 15, 2017

    Great barn door, guys! Adding to my Pinterest queue. I’d love for you to join our link up To Grandmas House We Go.

  9. Julie Christiansen

    March 17, 2017

    This is a beautiful way to hide your pantry. I love your tips on how to make your wood look aged. Thanks for sharing at My Busy Beehives #beeparty!

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