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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

{DIY barn door}

You know those darling room makeovers that use fabulous old barn doors as part of the decor? I have been on the hunt FOREVER to find one, and despite living in the midst of barn country, I've had no luck. So, I decided to make one out of old wood, except that I was having a hard time finding that too. Well, a very smart friend of mine made one for her laundry room out of new wood, and I decided to follow her lead. My waiting was over! So, if you're lucky enough to have some old wood laying around, this is the perfect project for it, or you can head down to Home Depot like me!

You will not believe how fast and easy this is! I made 2 of them--one regular-sized red one, and a square cream one for my laundry room. LOVE them! You can make them any size, and use any thickness of wood you like. I wanted it to be chunky, so I used 2 inch thick wood.

DIY Barn Door


4 pieces of 2x8 board
3 pieces of 3/4 inch x 4 inch pine

2 inch nails

spray paint, or interior paint
stain (Minwax Dark Walnut)


1. Cut (or have the hardware store cut them for you) your 2x8 boards into the desired length. My red door is 5 feet, and the cream one is 3 feet.

2. Lay them out on a smooth, flat surface--one that you can use a nail gun or hammer on.

3. You will be using the 3/4 inch x 4 inch wood as your braces. You need two pieces, on for each side. Cut them to match the height of the barn door. To keep the pieces evenly separated, insert spacers (we used pieces of cardboard) between each board. Measure in on each side how far you want the braces to be, and then using a nail gun (a hammer & nails will work, too!) and 2 inch nails, nail your braces to the 2x8s..

4. The last piece of wood is the cross beam, made from the 3/4 inch x 4 inch wood. We used a miter saw, but you could also use a circular saw, or even a hand saw. Angle each end to fit against the wooden side braces, cut it, and nail it on. You can add another piece here, going the other direction, to form an "x", if desired. The key is to measure, measure, then measure again.

5. Paint your door! I used spray paint, which I think is easier and faster, but certainly you can use interior paint and brush it on.

6. A power sander is definitely a must for this sanding job, if you want it to be distressed. I used a coarse grit, and went to town! I took off a lot of the paint--hoping to make it look weathered.

7. After you've finished sanding, brush off all the dust, and wipe down the entire door. I applied the stain to the cream door to make it even more distressed.

Now you have an adorable barn door!

For pictures of these barn doors in my home, click HERE!!



Blogger Kori M. said...

So cute! I want to make one for my family room.

November 23, 2010 at 5:20 AM  
Blogger Mel said...

A fantastic idea, and a great tutorial. Thanks.

November 23, 2010 at 5:42 AM  
Blogger JenW!~ said...

Thank You for sharing this. I have always wanted a door like this. Now I just have to get hubby to make one.

November 23, 2010 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

Can you post a picture of how you used it in your decor? Love the conept. Very cute

November 23, 2010 at 8:39 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

Great tutorial! Your door is adorable!

November 23, 2010 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Lei said...

I hope you'll show is what it looks like in your rooms! I love it, and Andrew is getting ready to replace our fence! So I'll have tons of old wood to use for fun stuff.:)

November 23, 2010 at 10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the above comments. Can you show it to us in action? How did you use it in your laundry room? It's very cute!

November 23, 2010 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger Susannah said...

If there's somehing you want but can't find. make it yourself! Great job.

November 23, 2010 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger MeenyMoe said...

That's awesome! A lady in an office downstairs had her husband make her a little mock "old" fence to set in her office so she can landscape it each holiday! My mind is really going on this one of yours. I think the same thing could be done with it once it's propped up against a wall! hmmmm.... -Karen

November 23, 2010 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

I can't wait to see where you put them. I actually do have access to a couple, but can't figure out what to do with them!

November 23, 2010 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

Wonderful Kierste! I think I maybe heading over to HD for my help too. But I love this door idea. Thanks, have a wonderful Holiday!!

November 23, 2010 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger Kari said...

LOVE THIS!! I can never find an old barn door!!

November 23, 2010 at 7:00 PM  
Blogger amy said...

Awesome! I, too, have always wanted a barn door. Can't wait to see where you put them. Thanks for the tute. Enjoy your company and have a happy Thanksgiving.

November 24, 2010 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Corners of My Life said...

I look forward to the post showing the doors "in use".
Happy Thanksgiving Kierste!

November 24, 2010 at 5:28 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Love your blog! Can't wait to take a look around.

November 24, 2010 at 11:29 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I featured you today over at Today's Top 20! You did an awesome job!!!


November 30, 2010 at 11:29 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

I like the red door. I had one made for me a couple of years ago. Added an antler handle. Some rusty hinges. And, some fancy hooks. I use is for my coffee mugs, that get used every day.

January 12, 2011 at 10:50 PM  
Blogger Belinda said...

I just finished making this for my living room. The clock I had looked too small but the wreath looks perfect. I love it and can't wait to get compliments on it! It's definitely heavier than I anticipated but it looks so authentic, especially after distressing it with the sander. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

February 5, 2011 at 12:22 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Love this project !

July 25, 2011 at 12:47 AM  

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