My first project in my master bedroom was the barn door.
All in all, it was pretty easy. The hardest part was hanging the rail…which I tried to do by myself.
Here is how I made my own barn door and saved about $500
Measure your doorway
Measure the length and width of the doorway you are wanting to put the barn door on. Mine was 72″ tall and 48″ wide. You are going to want to go a little higher and a little wider. I decided I wanted my door to be 82″ x 52″.
Gather your supplies
Off to the lumber store…I decided to use 1″ x 4″ x 8′ boards because I didn’t want my door to be super heavy but 2 x 4’s will also work (If you use 2 x 4’s for your door, I would use thinner boards to brace it with).
I did a little math and decided that I needed 16 boards…13 for my door and 3 to brace it.
Am I the only one who thought that a 1″ x 4″ was actually 4 inches wide??? Well, it is not…
Back to the lumber store…
Here is what you will need:
- Lumber (for a 52″ door, I used 18 1″ x 4″ x 8′)
- Wood screws
- Barn door hardware…I got mine <a target=”_self” href=”http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?ff3=4&pub=5575184923&toolid=10001&campid=5337945918&customid=&mpre=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fitm%2F272135484297%3F_trksid%3Dp2057872.m2749.l2649%26ssPageName%3DSTRK%253AMEBIDX%253AIT”>HERE</a><img style=”text-decoration:none;border:0;padding:0;margin:0;” src=”http://rover.ebay.com/roverimp/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?ff3=4&pub=5575184923&toolid=10001&campid=5337945918&customid=&mpt=[CACHEBUSTER]”>
- Paint or stain
- Roller and paint brush
- Measuring tape
- Circular saw
Hang your rail according to the directions provided. If you get the same kit I did <a target=”_self” href=”http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?ff3=4&pub=5575184923&toolid=10001&campid=5337945918&customid=&mpre=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fitm%2F272135484297%3F_trksid%3Dp2057872.m2749.l2649%26ssPageName%3DSTRK%253AMEBIDX%253AIT”>HERE</a><img style=”text-decoration:none;border:0;padding:0;margin:0;” src=”http://rover.ebay.com/roverimp/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?ff3=4&pub=5575184923&toolid=10001&campid=5337945918&customid=&mpt=[CACHEBUSTER]”>, I recommend getting different anchors. WARNING!!! This part was semi-difficult! After you get the railing hung, measure again to make sure that your door measurements will work and make any adjustments needed.
This was really a lot easier than I imagined.
Start by placing your first board on 2 saw horses and measuring and cutting your door boards. Be sure and use your tape measure to measure each one. Don’t use another board (margin of error!!!)
I measured to 6′ 10″ and used a square to draw my line where I wanted to cut.
Next, use a circular saw to cut your line.
Do this for all of your boards that are going to make up your door.
I lined all my boards up against the wall of my garage on the end that was already cut and used another board to straighten them out.
Then apparently I got really involved in what I was doing and forgot to take pictures!
After the boards are all lined up straight, I had my son stand on one side and I pushed them together as tight as I could to measure the length across (horizontal). Once I had my width measurement, I cut 2 more boards that length.
This was a bit tricky since my boards were not perfectly straight
I measured 10″ from the bottom and the top on both sides. (You should have a mark on both ends of the 2 outer boards. I took the board I had just cut and nailed it where my mark was on the bottom (near the wall). I went around to the other side and grabed the board and pulled it to make the boards tight. I lined it up with my mark on the other side and nailed it.
I followed the same steps for the top trying to get the boards as tight as possible. Some were kind of warped but I thought that made the door look more realistic. I went back and screwed the horizontal board into every board.
Next I wanted a board to go diagonal between the 2 horizontal boards (like a Z). I layed the board on top of the other and lined it up excatly where I wanted it and used my square to draw an perfect 90 degree angle. I cut that board, wedged it in place and screwed it to every board also.
I then flipped the door over and did the same to the back side (except the horizontal part). This is what it looked like when I finished…
Pretty good for a girl I would have to say!!! And here is my mess…
Time to Paint
Once that is all done, you should probably sand it (which I did not and it came out fine). Next paint or stain it whatever color you want. I chose white. I just bought cheap white paint from Wal-Mart and a cheap roller and gave it about 3 coats on both sides.
Then it was time to add the hardware. By this point I was dragging pretty good so my fabulous hubby helped me out.
This was pretty simple just make sure that you leave enough room between the wheel and the top of your door for the rail.
I also attached a handle that I found at Wal-Mart for $3!!!
Then it was time to put the door on the track!!! And I moved my decorations around.
So much better than this
Onto the next project!!!!
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