Turn a Bathroom Door into a Sliding Barn Door

Turn a Bathroom Door into a Sliding Barn Door

When I took the bathroom doors off before I stenciled the floor, I liked the way there was a free wall where I could hang some shelves. We have two doors for the bathroom.  One from the bedroom (which we are using as an office)and one from the hallway.

 

Hallway Entrance

 

Bedroom Entrance

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I decided that a sliding barn door would be a nice option because we would still have a door and could also have the wall with shelves.  I got the idea to use the door that I took off to make the barn door.

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In order to use this door, it needed to be made two inches larger on each side because the barn door needs to cover the door molding  I had some plywood strips left over from the shiplap that I did in the bathroom.  So I decided to use them to cover the door.  I attached them with Liquid Nails and my brad nailer.

I did the same thing on the other side of the door.  I added some trim around the edge of the front of the door and also a diagonal piece to give it that true barn door look. Then I painted it white.

I was thinking about distressing it, but decided not to.  I like that it has the same look as the shiplap.

Next, I got started on the hardware.  I used this hardware set from Home Depot. Because the door is so heavy, a header needed to be installed above the door.  After I located the studs, I screwed the 2×4 onto the wall.  I painted the piece the same color as the wall.  Then i was able to install the railing.

Next, I attached the hangers on the door.  Because my door was one inch thicker because I added wood to build it up, I needed to get longer screws than the ones that were provided in the kit. Not a big deal, and I sprayed them black.  Then it was time to hang it.  I was nervous because of how heavy it was!  It took three of us to lift it onto the rails, but it was perfect!

Since I used leftover lumber and paint, the door didn’t cost me anything!  The hardware was $139.  I also got these handles at Home Depot.

We will keep it closed most of the time, but can easily slide it open if needed.

I am thrilled with it!  It adds so much charm to the office. I would love to know what you think. Please leave me a comment and let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Published by tamiloecker

I live in Lawrence, KS with my husband and son Chad. I am a dental hygienist. We have a yellow lab named Beau.

One comment on “Turn a Bathroom Door into a Sliding Barn Door”

  1. Ruth Kingery says:

    I love that look! You have a knack for making your projects seem like they were always meant to be that way.

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