DIY

Light-weight Sliding Barn Door

 

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Our house has an awkward guest 1/2 bathroom/laundry room on the main floor.  These two spaces were divided only by a 1/2 wall, partially concealing the washer and dryer.  Our guests got a clear view of all “our dirty laundry” lol. I don’t know about you, but I have 3 boys and a husband, which equates to a massive amount of weekly laundry!  My laundry room is only free from baskets of dirty clothes before expected company, haha!  I had been trying to think of a way to add some sort of door between these two spaces without taking up a lot of room and it had to have some aesthetic appeal.  I really wanted a sliding barn door but ran into some problems with how to hang one due to the half wall.  I would have to hang the sliding door mechanism from the ceiling in order for the door to work.  I purchased an antique door that I really wanted to use but it was too heavy to hang from the ceiling.  My in-laws were visiting when I was trying to mastermind my sliding barn door plan.  They told me it “wasn’t possible”.  Oh, no!!  Those words just make my personality take on a challenge, lol! My husband was shaking his head when he heard them tell me it “wasn’t possible”, lol! Now I was on a mission and needed to figure out a way to build a lightweight barn door myself.  I went to local hardware stores several times to peruse wood and lumber before I discovered Pine Plank Paneling!  Pine Plank Paneling is also inexpensive ($9 for a package of 6 3.5″ x.8 ft panels).  The price was an added bonus!!  The plank paneling would work perfectly!

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Pine Plank Paneling is super lightweight, you can paint it or stain it any color you want and they interlock like laminate flooring.  I measured the size of my doorway and cut the paneling to fit the length and width I needed.  I used a nail gun to secure the planks together.  Next I needed to add trim to get the barn door look without adding any extra weight to the door.  I used lattice for this. Yep, plain old lattice.  You can find packages of lattice wood to repair existing lattice at hardware stores.

 

Then I added some hardware for the door (which I also found at a local hardware store) and stained the door using Minwax Classic Gray Stain.  The total for this barn door was around $50 to build.  I attached it to the ceiling using plumbing pipes threaded through eye hooks.  I got the idea to hang my barn door here: http://theturquoisehome.com/diy-simple-sliding-barn-doors/  But instead, I hung our door from the ceiling rather than the wall.

 

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I love the look of this sliding barn door and it separates our guest 1/2 bath from our laundry room perfectly.  We get a lot of compliments on this door and it has withstood the daily use of 3 boys without issue! That’s a sturdy door, Haha!  Here is a “before and after” photo of the finished door with stain.  What do you think?

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