I knew when we bought this rustic house three years ago that I had to find somewhere to add a sliding barn door! The tricky thing about adding a sliding barn door is that you have to have wall space at least on one side of your doorway. And surprisingly in this very large house of mine, there isn’t a lot of wall space near a doorway as funny as that sounds. Although there is one spot that I knew I could make this sliding door work. My office! So interestingly enough when it came down to plan out our office renovation I used the sliding barn door as my pillar inspiration for the whole design!
Making a DIY sliding barn door is pretty easy. We bought the hardware from Walmart. It had great reviews and only came in at around $50! The hardware couldn’t have been easier to install. Literally, just connect and drill to the wall. Creating the barn door took a little bit more effort, but nothing too complicated!
We had all the wood in the barn that we needed. We ended up using 5 1×6-inch boards. So for us, it was really just finding a barn door style we liked and then recreating it. I’m always drawn to a more simplistic design so I wanted straight boards and a z pattern. We cut the wooden boards to size and ran them through a planer. Then my husband assembled the boards by length and then attached two boards going across the top and bottom and screwed them together. Then he ran a board diagonally across connecting the top and bottom board making a z. The great thing about making a wooden barn door is you want them to look more on the rustic side – so no need to go crazy with filling in all the screw holes! Although we did run some caulk along the lines of the board were you could see right through.
I went with my absolute favorite paint color on the outside of the door. It’s from the home depot called Little Black Dress from Behr paint. It’s a soft black paint color but has this beautiful navy blue undertone! I have it in fun little spots all over my house. For the inside of the door, I painted it off white from Glidden. That’s the color of the walls on the inside of my office. I wanted the peek-a-boo of the door which you’ll only see when the door is shut to look like an extension of the wall and not a random pop of color in the wall. If that makes sense.
Hanging the door in our old 300-year-old home was a little more tricky. For most people, it will be as simple as drilling hole and attaching the bolts and tightening everything up. For us – we have to hang things a little on the crooked side to give the appearance that things are straight and level. It took a little jimmy rigging, but we got it up and it “looks straight” to us! Which is all that matters!