Tammy has always been great with seeing something that she likes and then putting it together herself. She is not afraid of hands-on DIY projects! If you haven’t seen her popular Reclaimed Wood Headboard Tutorial she did earlier, make sure to check it out! This is another post from her old blog that was well-liked back in 2014, so we thought we’d share a re-post of this affordable DIY sliding barn door tutorial with you here:
While I’ve been nearing the end of this pregnancy, nesting has been on overdrive. All of the things I’ve been wanting to accomplish for years are getting checked off the list and it feels great! Our master bedroom has an entry way into the bathroom with no door. A lot of home builders are doing this now. I’ve seen make shift solution like curtains, but I really wanted more privacy with our large family. The sliding barn door really blocks out a lot of noise. We love that since we designated a small space for the baby’s crib to go between our bathroom and bedroom. We bought a mini crib by Babyletto from Toy’s R Us to fit perfectly in that little nook. We love it and it’s so great when you’re short on space!
The DIY sliding door took about 6 hours to complete. I originally went to buy everything from scratch, including the sliding hardware track to hang the door on the wall. My brother mentioned he had seen a kit at Home Depot for the same thing for only $149 earlier that week, so I ended up getting that instead. It was worth every penny since it was already complete with all the pieces. Next, I needed the wood. I found and followed this tutorial (and gorgeous door) that seemed very simple for white washing and distressing wood.
Here was another idea I loved but would have required the use of a router and oh man those scare me!!! I loved the look, but I could not find metal flat bar the length I wanted to make the door structure strong enough. Home Depot only had 4 foot pieces of flat steel. So, I got creative and used steel angle flat bar that was available in longer lengths. Instead of framing down the center of the door, I framed the sides of the door with it. My drill press came in handy to drill the holes into the steel. One small setback we ran into was that the studs did not match up with the sliding door kit. We had to drill holes in the bar from the kit to match up with the studs. This was the most sturdy way because if we would have put anchors into the drywall, it would have ripped right out when hanging the door (the door is about 150 lbs.). I used 2×6 pine because we wanted it to eliminate as much sound as we could for the baby.
You will need to measure your doorway opening (width and height). Our door way was 3 ft wide by 7 ft tall. Supplies are according to your measurements and the kit at Home Depot was for a 36 inch maximum door way.
- (2) 1-1/2″ x 1/8″ x 6 foot long steel angle flat bar
- (15) 2″ x 6″ x 36″ long wood
- (30) 1/4″ x 1-1/2″ long plated lag bolts
- Minwax Dark Walnut stain
- Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint
- White or light grey paint
- Lint-free cloth
- Barn door kit from Home Depot
Here are the unfinished 2×6 boards cut to be 36 inches long (15 pieces).
We used a belt sander to sand everything down and left distressed marks and any character the boards had.
We created a cocktail of Minwax Dark Walnut Stain and paint. Paint it on with a foam brush and wipe before dry with a lint free cloth.
Let dry for 5 minutes. The brackets pictured here were used on the sides and back side of the door to make it more sturdy at the top two 2×6’s. You can avoid this if your flat steel runs the length of the door, which is what I highly recommend.
Also make sure you build this on your super huge granite counter top in the kitchen. Don’t worry that the neighbors will think you’re crazy while you’re on your hands and knees on the island, getting paint and stain on your beautiful granite! You gotta beat to your own drum, ha!
Water down your latex paint 4 parts water to one part paint. I used CIL Stratosphere mixed into Sherman Williams latex paint. I bought a quart but I honestly only used about 1/4-1/2 cup for all the wood! So don’t waste your money, buy a sample container and you will be fine.
Using the same rag you used earlier for the stain, dip it into the watered down latex paint and rub it on the headboard, in the direction of the grain. Always go with the grain! Back and forth until you reach the your desired “distressed wood” look.
The top 8″ is a part of the barn door kit. The rest of the sod metal is the angle flat bar steel that we drilled 1/4 inch holes in. We used 1/4 ” x 1 1/2″ polished lag bolts to fasten the bar to the wood. We did not drill the sides of the angle bar to the side of the door, just the top! The angle bar actually wrapped around the side of the door. We spray painted the lag bolts and steel, including the flat bar with wheels from the kit, prior to installing everything with Rustoleum oil-rubbed bronze spray paint.
The track was installed first, then the door. Like I said, it’s heavy! It took 3 guys to carry and hang and a pregnant lady and her baby in her tummy (me) directing the hanging of the door.
Here it is opened. You can see a bit of the crib inside the nook to the very left!
Closed. It’s pretty amazing and beautiful if I do say so myself! Overall, I am totally in love with our sliding door. Make sure to take a look at this Reclaimed Wood Headboard Tutorial, I used a lot of the same materials!!!
xo, Tammy & Lora