Updated because we’ve had so many questions: read all about how to add a little privacy, and a lock to the barn door, here!
When you buy or live in an older home, one of the biggest questions you try to answer is… where can I create more space in the house I love?
For us, an older house is a lot like putting a complicated puzzle back together again… and we can’t wait to share some of the fun ones we’ve implemented in our own home. But one of the ways we love to usher in space saving the most is by removing those traditional doors and bringing in some barn door love.
We were thrilled to knock out the dividing walls between these two rooms, and add a nice, spacious closet to combine the two. It made a huge difference for the storage available and thinking in smart ways about our home.
You’d be surprised what a dramatic difference a barn door can make in not only the appearance of a room, but also the functionality. It’s a great space saver sliding with the wall, instead of opening into the room.
So today we wanted to share a little about how to make this super easy change in your home.
Here is what you’ll need.
• 1 x 6 x 8 (how many, are determined by your door size – no doors in an older home are the same.) These are our vertical boards.
• 1 x 8 x 8 (how many are determined by your door size – no doors in an older home are the same.) These are our horizontal boards.
• 1 x 6 tongue and groove appearance boards. (You know what we’re going to say… how many are determined by your door size – no doors in an older home are the same.)
• Paint – we picked our color from the HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams Perfectly Polished Color Collection.
• quarter round (how much will be determined by your door size.)
• wood glue
• finish nails
• miter saw
• wood putty
• orbital sander
First, you’ll want to cut all your tongue and groove boards to length. To do this, decide on the height and the width you want the door to be. We have multiple sized barn doors in our home, but our door measured 38 1/2 x 84 1/2. So we cut all of our tongue and groove to 84 1 /2 inches. I also knew I’d need 8 pieces to cover my width.
To build the necessary width, we had to rip one board to a smaller size. The easiest way to do this is with a table saw.
Once those are cut to size, go ahead and interlock them together.
Once you have the appearance boards cut and aligned, you’ll want to cut your 1 x 6 boards.
We choose to keep our cuts at 90 degrees because it fit the look we wanted, but you can obviously cut them to 45 degree angles as well.
For our doors, we choose to run the boards at the top and the bottom width of the door. Then we ran one on each edge horizontally, butting up to them, and two centered between the first two vertical ones.
This would make our two vertical boards measure at 70 inches in length with two horizontal boards that would measure 27 1/2, and two horizontal boards that would measure 34 1/2.
Once we had the boards measured and cut, we simply glued and nailed everything together. The easiest way to do this is to start with one of your horizontal boards on the edge. Run a few beads of glue on the side of the 1 x 8 that will attach to the appearance boards, and then nail it all into place. Start nailing on one edge pulling all the boards tight as you work your way across.
Repeat this process with the other horizontal board, then the two 1 x 6 vertical boards and finally the two center 1 x 8 horizontal boards.
We then added a quarter round on all the interior edges.
To add the quarter round, simply measure the inside edges and cut your quarter round at a 45-degree angle. Attach it with some wood glue and if necessary, a few nails. Finally, you can fill any of the holes or gaps with some wood putty.
Before you start the fun process of painting, give the door a quick once over with an orbital sander. It’ll smooth out any rough edges.
We truly love how our paints flow from room to room and wanted to continue the look with the barn doors, so we choose to paint them with Diverse Beige (HGSW3086) from HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams Perfectly Polished Color Collection. (You can read all about our colors here and see all the color collections here.)
Obviously one of the problems you typically run into with painting raw wood is coverage issues. We used the INFINITY line for this project for that simple reason. We also needed more durability in the paint as hands would be all over these pieces and we needed a paint that would last, another benefit of theHGTV HOME™ by Sherwin-Williams brand.
To hang the doors we used some pre-made rails and hardware. It was easy peasy.
We love the work the artisan hardware company does and have used them on numerous projects in our home and with clients – their pieces are just beautiful!
Once they’re hung, it’s truly amazing what beautiful space savers they are.
Have an inspired day!