Today I show you how we built our DIY modern sliding barn door!
The other day I realized that I never wrote a tutorial on this modern sliding barn door that we built for our BATHROOM MAKEOVER last October. And here is February and I am still very not motivated to start on any larger projects, so I thought this tutorial maybe would come handy for some of you who perhaps having the same issue that we had in our guest bathroom. To tell you to truth, I think this barn door was one of the best things we ever built in the whole house. I can’t even tell you how much more functional our bathroom is without a regular door. Below is an image so you can see what we had in our house. A door on top of another door, and it was not functional. Our closet door and the bathroom door were open on the top of each other, and many times the doors stuck together. What a pain. So when we remodeled our guest bathroom we decided to take off both doors, leave our closet open and we decided to add this functional modern DIY modern sliding barn door.
So today I am giving you a short tutorial on how we put together this modern sliding DOOR! I will share my door specifics but I think every space is unique and your door might need to have different dimensions than mine had!
DIY MODERN SLIDING BARN DOOR tutorial:
We used a high quality, Pure Bond plywood to cut out the measurement of our door which was 26″x 84″. Our door opening is 24″, but we wanted to make sure that the door fully covers the entire opening for privacy purposes. We bought the 1″x 4″x 8″ pressure treated lumber for the boards that go across the door and goes along on the side of the door.
After cutting everything to the size we needed, we sanded the edges with an ELECTRIC SANDER to make it nice and smooth. Then we went ahead and glued the pieces to the plywood with WOOD GLUE.
We tightened the pieces with a clamp then secured it with an AIRSTRIKE.
On the back side of the door, we added the thinner pressure treated wood creating the same design as the other side of the door. You can add the 1″ pressure treated wood, but for us, it was going to be too thick.
Once all the wood piece was nailed on we used wood filler to fill in the spaces and holes that were visible. Then we sanded the entire door and went on with white paint. I used a paint with primer and small rolls to apply the paint on the surface.
We ordered the railing hardware online. There are many options on the web, be sure to pick the right size and design. Mine was a 6′ long hardware that needed to be cut to size, but it worked out well at the end of the day.
The door now is practical and no more door on the top of the door situation in the bathroom.
What do you think?
I am planning on adding the same door for my closet as well to save some space ( for more clothes):-)!