I am so happy to finally share with you my barn door DIY for replacing boring bi-fold doors . Built for my pantry, I would have loved a true barn door on a sliding track, but the space did not allow enough room for this. So, I had to build two narrow doors.
If you have been following me, you know that when I say “I built”, I really mean (in most cases) that I nagged my husband into building something. This is how it works: I provide the vision, and he finds a way. Where would I be without him?
I knew I did not want the plain-Jane bi-fold doors which the opening was originally intended for. I wanted character and warmth, and I believe that is exactly what I got with the finished product. Let me share with you how we achieved this look.
When we first moved in, the pantry doors were completely missing. As a temporary fix, I bought a curtain panel from Target and called it a day. For months I was fine with the curtain panel solution until I reached my 17th week of pregnancy and my nesting instincts kicked in along with a strange burst of energy. I told my husband I wanted a barn door/ re-claimed wood look.
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For those of you new to my blog, check out this before and after of our kitchen .
Here is what it looked like when we first moved in.
And here is what it looks like now…
Enough of my tangent.
After some thought, my brilliant husband found a solution for the narrow space (which did not allow for the track function I really wanted). He built two narrow doors out of tongue and groove pattern board. To add some “barn door” character, he attached common board horizontally. Here is a breakdown of supply cost.
- lumber – $50
- Hinges – $10
- 18” Chrome Handles – $30 ( or only $20 if you click here)
- paint and stain – $0 (I already had some from a previous project.)
- 1.25” wood screws (12)
- Tongue and Groove Pattern Stock Board (8)
- 1”x 4”x 6′ Common Board
- Chrome Square Door Hinges (4)
- 18” Chrome Handles (we got ours here)
- Table Saw
- this stain
- Light Gray Paint
- Wide Foam Brush
- Rag for stain
Steps for achieving this look
- Cut tongue and groove pattern board to height with table saw using 1/4” gap at top and bottom of door opening.
- With table saw, rip (cut length wise) two middle boards (the center of the doors) to width.
- Join pattern boards by tongue and groove.
5. Attached common board with wood screws from the backside of door so that screws are hidden.
6. Attach hinges to common board and door jamb.
Staining and Handles
- Apply stain(here is what I used)
with foam brush. Then quickly wipe and blend stain with rag.
2.For weathered effect: Once stain is applied, apply some diluted, light gray paint with foam brush and wipe off quickly with rag. I cannot tell you the exact formula I used. I had a small, sample size of light gray paint and I added a pretty good amount of water to it….this is to be sure you do not completely cover the wood finish. However, if the paint is too diluted, it is just going to be an ineffective, drippy mess. If not diluted enough, you will cover your wood finish. You should probably do a test area before you start. At one point I applied too much paint, but quickly grabbed a wet rag and blended. It turned out fine! So don’t freak out….just act fast.
Note: I have applied the gray-wash formula once the stain dried completely (with my DIY wood beam mantel) and I applied it without letting wood stain dry (for this project). I liked results best when I did not give wood stain time to completely dry.
Special thanks to AKA Design for the wood weathering idea. You can read her tutorial here.
3. Attach handles. (You can purchase the handles here).
4. To make door close, we also installed magnetic cabinet closures.
5. Have a strong drink(for me please) and enjoy your new doors! Or maybe the strong drink should’ve been step #1. I know if I weren’t pregnant, this would’ve been the case.
If you guys dig DIY projects with a Modern Farmhouse Vibe, you may also want to check out my DIY Floating Bathroom Vanity tutorial by clicking here. Love the look of a custom mudroom? See how we built ours for under $200… just click here for the tutorial.
Hope this helped some of you! Now go out there and design some good vibes!
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More DIY Door Tutorials:
If you are interested in DIY barn door tutorials, you may also want to check out my DIY Sliding Barn Door post which is ideal for closets by clicking here. And also my tutorial for how to easily upgrade an existing bi-fold closet door by clicking here.