The Story Behind Building Our Beautiful DIY Barn Door
The first wood working project my hubby and I tackled was building a DIY barn door for our living room. It needed to be both beautiful and functional.
Our adventure began after I saw a beautiful barn door on a home improvement show. I fell in love with it but I didn’t love the price tag.
However, that’s when I learned a little secret. Many things can be recreated for a fraction of the price with a little work and creativity.
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How to build a DIY barn door using the most basic of methods, equipment, and materials
This design was fairly basic with very few cuts required. First, I purchased pine boards that were already cut to the proper 8 foot length. Second, I cut a few boards that would act as the horizontal supports to attach the vertical boards to.
Finally, I cut the diagonal pieces which was a bit more difficult. It took some trial and error but eventually we got the cuts right.
Once assembled, I used a white wash pickling stain for that classic farmhouse look.
How to create an budget friendly farmhouse door that is as stylish as it is inexpensive.
The barn door kits I priced were quite high ($400+), so instead I bought an industrial galvanized steel track, stoppers, and trolleys from the local farm supply store. To give it a higher end look we spray painted it a metallic bronze. It turned out fantastic and the painted track has held up well over the years. In all, I spent less than $35 on the entire track. These days, the price for barn door tracks has decreased drastically and you can typically get a kit for under $50.
The barn door is the focal point of our living room and it is the first thing guests see and comment on when they come through the front door.
I truly love this door. But even more than being a beautiful design element, I love what it represents.
This was the gateway project for us. It was a very easy and straight forward build but it gave us the confidence to tackle more complicated future projects. Hope this inspires you to tackle that next project!