Monday, October 13, 2014

DIY Sliding Barn Door that IS affordable

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 a lot of noise out as well so we love that since between our bathroom and bedroom is a vertical hallway where we designated the babies crib.  We bought a mini crib called babyletto Greyson we love it and it's so great when your short in 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 but I found a kit at Home Depot after talking with my brother since he had seen one earlier this week for $149. It was worth every penny since it was already complete.  Next I needed the wood and I found this tutorial that seemed very simple for white washing  and distressing the wood and her door is gorgeous 

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 make the door structure strong enough.  Home Depot only has 4 foot pieces of flats steel. So I got creative and used steel angle flat bar that was available in longer lengths and framed the sides of the door with it instead of down the center of the door.  Overall I am totally in love with our sliding door.  My drill press came in handy to drill the holes in the steel.  Also the studs did not match up with the sliding door kit and we had to drill holes on the bar from the kit to match up with the studs otherwise using ancors into the druwall would have ripped right out when hanging the door since this door is about 150 lbs. I used 2x6 pine and it is possible to use 1x6 pine if your just using it for private. We wanted it to condense sound as well for the baby.  Scroll down for a list of supplies needed and you will need to measure your door way opening width and hight.  Our door way was 36" wide by 7 foot tall.  So supplies are according to that and the kit at Home Depot is for a 36 inch maximum door way. 
Unfinished 2X6 boards cut to 36" you need 15 pieces 
Sanding them in a his fashion will take a million years so we used the belt sander after all. Leaving distressed marks and any character the boards had 
Cocktail of stain and paint minwax dark walnut, paint on with foam brush and wipe before dry with a lint free cloth.  
Let dry for 5 minutes. The brackets here pictured were used on the back side of the door and the sides to make it more sturdy at the top two 2x6'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 it in the kitchen on your super huge granite counter top.  Don't worry that the neighbors will think your crazy while your on your hands and knees on the island, getting paint and stain on your beautiful granite.  You gotta beat to your own drum.  

Water down your latex paint 4 parts water to one part paint.  I used CIL stratospher 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 the money buy a sample container and you will be fine.  

The top 8" is a part of the barn door kit the rest of the sode metal is the angle flat bar steel that we drilled 1/4 inch holes jn and 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 you see.  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. 

Track was installed then the door.  Like I said it's heavy so 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.  

It's pretty amazing and beautiful if I do say!!! 


  • 1-1/2" x  1/8″ x 6 foot long steel angle flat bar qty=2
  • 2″ x 6″ x 36″ long wood qty=15
  • 1/4″ x 1-1/2″ long plated lag bolts qty=30
  • Minwax Dark Walnut stain
  • Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint
  • white or light grey paint
  • water
  • sandpaper
  • Barn door kit from Home Depot

  • I got a lot of help and ideas from shannon over aka design


  1. Next I needed the wood and I found this tutorial that seemed very simple for white washing and distressing the wood and her door is gorgeous barn door hardware kits

  2. The sliding barn door really blocks a lot of noise out as well so we love that since between our bathroom and bedroom is a vertical hallway ...

  3. I love how simple your sliding barn door looks. It didn’t really need any paint or some intricate design for it to stand out. I think it will be a great conversation piece! Good job!

    Greg Marshall @ Crawford Door of WNY Inc.