We’re Building A Barn Door

We’ve been pluggin’ away, little by little, on the north wall in our master bedroom, and man does it feel good to finally be getting closer to the finish line!

Here’s what it looked like before we painted it Martha’s Stewart’s “Blue Hubbard” (Sherwin Williams)…

…and here’s what it looks like today…

You’ll notice we finally put the bathroom door trim back on, and we managed to attach some more of our 1″ x 4″ MDF boards as crown molding and base boards too. Woo hoo!

Next up, we’ll be building a barn door…

(Note: This is an inspiration drawing, and that is not our actual bathroom.)

…and creating some kind of built-in wall pocket unit for our TV, DVD player, and other little pretties to sit in too…

(Again. Just an inspiration drawing.)

Who knows if we can actually pull it off, or if it’ll look exactly like that, but we’re definitely gonna give it a whirl and see what happens!

I’d like for it to have a small, flip-down door (below the TV) so that we can hide the electronic stuff from view. Kinda like this…

And although we’re fans of the open look, I guess another option would be doors on the upper part of it…

What do you think?  Doors to cover the TV, or no doors?

Wait! Before you answer, keep in mind we’re still planning to build a two-doored version of this guy on the wall opposite the mirrored closet doors…

It’ll sit to the right of the Blue Hubbard-painted bump out…

In the meantime, we’ll start wrapping our heads around how to build that barn door track for less than the barn door supply companies are selling them for. Wish us luck!

PS- We’re not 100% sure about what color, finish or style the barn door will be…we just threw that blue one in there as an example!


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  1. Mel says

    Love the barn door! We did this at our house too. Tractor Supply has the stuff to hang the doors, but we went the cheaper route and rigged a closet door sliding track instead. Still looks rustic, but runs about $100 cheaper. My husband laughed at the actual stall doors I picked up at the salvage yard, so we used a slab door from Lowes and gave her a little “face-lift”. Can’t wait to see pictures of yours!

    • says


      I look forward to your blog every day! You are such an inspiration ;0)

      Love the sliding barn door!!

      You go, girl ;0)

    • says

      Love sliding doors/barn door hardware. We were lucky enough to score everything we needed on Craigs List for $30 (minus the old French door we’re using that we found in the barn). Good luck! Looking forward to seeing it! I vote no doors covering the tv. I usually prefer hiding that kind of stuff but in your pics, I like without better!

      Have a great weekend!

      • Layla says

        Yeah…we’re “no door” people too, Bethe. Fun to hear what everyone out in blogland thinks though! :-)

  2. Kim says

    Layla, what about a flip down drawer covering the electronics, aka dvd player? Instead of a drawer, it would be a flip down cover of sorts, like desks have.

  3. Sylvia says

    Hey, why don’t you build a hinged door that swings to the side? Or lifts up. Or something like that. You could hang a mirror or art work on the door. You could change out the art work when the mood strikes or the seasons change. You wouldn’t see doors all the time and you wouldn’t see the “black hole” either.

  4. says

    i have been trying to figure out how to do barn doors too! my problem is more WHERE — so i haven’t even gotten to the HOW part. :) i vote no doors. just becuase it is what it is… as long as it’s clean looking i think it will look nice. love love love all of it. :)

  5. says

    LOVE barn doors and can not wait for your tutorial on how you do it for less. I want to put them between my living room and office space. I’m trying to find two old doors with small windows at the top to keep the space “open” when the doors are closed. We will see! I vote no doors over the TV. Should be ok if it is in a built in.

    thanks for sharing!

  6. Tenacwalker says

    We have 7 doors hung on the barn door hardware in our home and I adore them. We shopped around and found the best prices for the rollers on ebay and bought the track and hanging hardware at Tractor Supply. We used the galvanized ones. Because we had trim around the doors we ended up having to add shims behind the hanging hardware for the rail in order to get enough clearance between the hangers and the trim. You can see the corner of one here- in the 9th photo. http://www.redfin.com/GA/The-Rock/4538-Highway-36-30285/home/28646010 It took some time, but they were not difficult- not nearly as tricky as getting tile to look nice. :-)

  7. says

    I think it’ll be great! I vote no doors. Like Candice Olsen says, “TV’s are here to stay, get over it.”
    I liked that and don’t try to hide the tv anymore.

  8. says

    I vote for no doors covering the tv. And I love the idea of the barn door – with the pictures on it like one of your inspiration pics.
    what fun ideas! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  9. says

    I adore this! And have already drawn one into the plans for our home this year!

    And I was kinda laughing to myself after you asked “doors or no doors”, because I assumed the barn door would go the OTHER way… to the left… so that it could conceal it ALL when the bathroom wasn’t being used! :)

    • Layla says

      Hey Rachel!

      Yeah…I tried to get Kev to go for the OTHER way look…but he doesn’t want that dresser to stick out any further.
      Oh well…ya win some, ya lose some- right?

      • Erin says

        What if you put the dresser on the other side? You could always continue the built-in look to the floor with library shelves…:D

        • Layla says

          Hey Erin!

          Unfortunately, it would get in the way of Kevin’s closet. Great idea about the built-in’s though!

  10. charles says

    i don’t mind the doors for the tv and such but as a heads up on the barn doors… we have those to our bath room (up when we bought the home) and just know you will become closer to your spouse in many ways if you aren’t already ‘that’ type of couple. totally back you if you are a ‘leave the door open’ type couple but my husband and i were not. the sliding door leaves very little to privacy other than visual privacy. my husband is lactose intolerant… we are much closer now.

  11. says


    You have my FULL UNDIVIDED attention! This is exactly what Thomas and I are considering at the moment between our bedroom and the master bath! LOVE the look.

    The little Layla and Kevin ‘faces’ by your signature are adorable. :)

    Your Friend,

  12. says

    I’ve been wanting a barn door into my bath for years. Why is that track hardware so darn expensive? I used a Stanley track system for my hall closet, but I could never figure how to modify it so it was outside the frame and use it for my bath.

    Your inspiration is so pretty.

  13. Sabrina says

    How about a couple of cool old windows that you use as doors? You could put pictures behind the glass to look like a collage or something. I don’t know. That would be tough. I love the barn door idea. I wish I had a farmhouse to do that too. My house is a craftsman style. I feel like I’m limited!

    • Nancy says

      I agree. I completely am in love with the simpleness of it and would like to use the idea in my house. Please tell more!

  14. says

    How exciting! I’m sure you guys will do a great job!

    And, as for the doors to cover the TV – I’d vote no. Once the lockers are in it might look like too many doors. Just my little opinion. :)

  15. says

    I can’t wait to see the finished door. I would love to have a barn door somewhere, but I’m not sure where yet. I vote no door for the TV. Too doory, as you said.

  16. says

    I LOVE the barn door idea!! And you can TOTALLY build it for less!! Question… where would you get the hardware to hang it? I’d love to do something like that in our dining room! Also where did you do the designing for the room online? I’d love to try and design a room to get an idea of what it would look like…

  17. says

    No doors, and OMG I have been telling my Hubs that I want these barn doors so bad for his den that has double doors that open in and then there is no ROOM in there and these would be perfect…he couldn’t picture it and thought I was crazy….thank you, thank you, thank you for this post…I’m so giddy now you have no idea!

  18. kelly says

    absolutely love those barn doors! that will look great, and i too vote no doors over the tv and electronic stuff. do the barn doors run on a track at the bottom too? it’s got me wondering if i could pull it off in my boys’ bedroom..hmmm. where did the bottom left photo in your inspiration board come from? i am liking that white barn door (and the tiny window in that photo).

    • Layla says

      Thanks Kelly!
      I found that photo on Google…but it was named something like “BHGbarndoor”, so I’m assuming it’s from Better Homes & Gardens.

  19. Heidi says

    Looks so GREAT!!! :)

    May I ask a silly question? We just spent a month carefully installing MDF batten (minus the board) in our babies’ room. I used Sherwin Williams primer, but it made the MDF super rough! I had to sand it before painting with semi-gloss, yet to get it completely smooth I would have had to sand all the primer off. Boo! What did I do wrong? We are waiting to install batten in our tiny foyer on up the stair wall (before the babies arrive), but don’t want to begin until we know how to not make the same mistake. :(

    Thanks for all your inspiration and How To’s!!!


    P.S. Today I took a leap into the unknown and attempted to spray paint the antique brass pulls on their dresser and side tables…ugh. The spray paint maker’s idea of “pewter” is dark ugly yucky gray. Just ruined 16 pulls. Anyone know a place to purchase cheap yet pretty pewter pulls? :(

    • Layla says

      Hi Heidi!

      Our MDF was super smooth, and pre-primed, so we didn’t have an issue painting it.
      And I’m sorry to hear about your drawer pulls! :-( I would check on eBay for some replacements!

      • Heidi says

        Thanks for the ebay idea! :)

        Our MDF was not pre-primed and the issue was mostly the cut edges (smooth before priming) which would still be an issue with pre-primed MDF, right? We just can’t wrap our heads around why except that maybe we need to use a different primer?

        Me and my big ideas…always end up being a ton more work than anticipated! LOL! :D

        Thanks again!!!

        • Kary Ross says

          Heidi: You also might look into http://www.overstock.com. I found oil rubbed bronze knobs for my cabinets for much less the cost at the big home improvement stores.

          Layla: Love the barn door idea and look forward to seeing how it comes out.

          to Annalea: Thanks for the link to the “House Tweaking” blog. Great tutorial too!

  20. says

    Holy Cow, how have I not seen this trend yet?!?!?! That is absolutely GORGEOUS and really opens up the whole room! It makes it look much bigger.
    Great job on the paint and moulding. Of course it is completely stunning.

  21. Sarah Teske says

    I vote no for the tv doors, unless you can hide them with artwork or something.

    And I’m so excited that you’re tackling a barn door! I’ve been thinking about one too, but I have no idea where to start. Layla and Kevin to the rescue!

  22. says

    i’m so excited! i’ve been a follower for a while now and l*o*v*e your blog. and i actually have plans to *ONE DAY* do a barn door for our basement bedroom. i can’t WAIT to see how yall do it!!!! yay!!! :)

  23. says

    O.K., I’m not a designer at all. But I’ll throw in my 1 cent worth. I love the barn door. LOVEIT! Of the photo ideas you provided, I like the one that has the wooden door (brown earthy color). I just thought that would give some earthiness to the wonderful fresh colors you have in the room. Or, do you know those tan carpets people put down on the floor (seisel rugs, perhaps?). What if you somehow framed in the sliding door with seisel and put a border around it in the beautiful blue color that you used in your inspiration photo. O.K.! That was my 1 cent worth. Oh! You asked about the T.V. I would put doors and cover it because I see you like clean lines.

  24. says

    Love the barn door idea! I want one – you can come to my house next! LOL!
    BTW – I would put doors on the TV if it were mine :)

  25. says

    I like the idea of doors to cover the electronics…at least in theory, I like it.

    The problem I see is that those doors would have to be open in order to use your electronics. I know when we had our tv in an armoire, the only time we closed the doors was when we had company over. Otherwise, the doors were always open because we never wanted to take the time to open and close them every time we wanted to watch tv. I kind of doubt you’ll be inviting company into your master bedroom very often.

    The other problem I see with having doors is when they are open, it might be kind of like an open cupboard door–you know, the annoying door that the hubby forgets to close after he gets his coffee mug in the morning and it stays open until you yourself go over and close it.

  26. says

    Personally, I’ve never been a fan of decorating with a tv, so I would vote for the doors. I say this, but somehow my husband has managed to convince me to hang his 60 inch flat screen tv on the wall in our family room. I’m still not sure how that happened…

  27. says

    I so badly want a barn door for my studio!!! Where are you finding the track? I know my husband could make the door. I can’t wait to see how it turns out…you guys are amazing!

  28. Michelle says

    Where did the “1-2-3-4″ lockers come from??

    I like the open t.v. look but do like the door to hide the components.

  29. says

    Be still my heart. Layla, you had me at Barn Door. I’ve been wanting to do something like that for so long now, but the tiny walls of our tiny rooms just aren’t set up that way for a big sliding door. Believe me, I’ve sat up nights thinking of where I could install a sliding barn door, but with no avail. So I guess I’ll just have to live vicariouslyly through you. You don’t mind, right? And I can’t wait to hear how you come up with a track on the cheap. I’ve seen them and they are several thousands, gulp.


  30. says

    oooooo i am SOOOOO excited to see how this comes out!! I vote either the 2 tone wood or the all dark wood for the barn doors. And then as for the built-ins… I would go open with baskets. But thats just me!! <3 I LOOOVE this idea!!

  31. Dara says

    My son and his wife did the sliding barn door on their bathroom also. They used reclaimed wood, and it looks great!

  32. says

    I am so excited that you are giving the barn doors a shot. I think they are so cool and I have often wondered about the hardware myself. Good luck in trying to find an economical solution for the track and I am dying to know what you come up with. Love reading your blog and it is great getting to live vicariously through you guys. Thanks!

  33. says

    I have never seen this barn door idea and I love it! I would definitely cover the tv. You don’t want it to distract from the great look of the barn door. Can’t wait to see this finished!

  34. Allison says

    In my opinion I like it better WITHOUT the doors covering the tv. The openess of it would balance out the lockers on the other side of the room. And I’m totally diggin the barn door idea! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

    On a side note, prayers for you guys in the adoption journey. I think of y’all often and hope it all goes smoothly and you get that perfect little 2-3 yr old boy/girl to help complete your family. And I’m anxiously waiting on their room and what you do with it! hehehe

  35. says

    I love barn doors and can´t wait to see yours. As to the TV behind doors, I think it’s best without them. Unless you use the TV once or twice a week, if not, my experience is they’ll stay open most of the time.

  36. says

    Okay, first off, whatever you choose will be smashing because it always is. I do prefer the entertainment niche to be open, but what if you did something like the bottom right picture in the barndoor montage that looks like an office, and the barn doors open like curtains would. Then when the left sided barn door is open, it is covering the entertainment niche. There would be some functionality issues to work out, but it could be an interesting way to cover up electronics. Or the barn door could slide to the left instead of the right if you just want one door. Secondly, how about you do the full four cabinet thingie instead of the two door version of the four door thingie and build it around the bump out. So the first two cabinets would be alot more shallower (not even close to being a proper sentence or a real word but oh well) than the third and fourth cabinet. Upon glancing at the four cabinet thingie, you would have no idea that there is a bump out.

  37. Alima says

    Love the barn door! You are so stinkin talented Layla! :)
    And I vote for no doors on the tv wall. I don’t have a good reason, except that I just thought it looked better without. Love that anthro inspired dresser too – so cute!

  38. Camille says

    I am SO looking forward to hearing about the creation of your barn door. I have plans to do the exact same thing for our bathroom door, so this is a big deal to me!

  39. says

    I LOVE the barn door idea! Brilliant! WRT the doors on the tv cabinet, I’d say yes. It’s supposed to be bad feng shui to have electronic equipment in the bedroom. I also think that by hiding the tv, your eye will automatically be drawn to the barn door rather than the black box.

  40. says

    Your door is going to be gorgeous! I love the blue colour in your example. I’m planning to paint our doors here. They’re all too white, and there is too many of them. I must say also that I love your “crown molding”!

    As for doors over the TV, they do look nice, but maybe ask yourself if you will ever close them. If not, they might just get in the way.

  41. says

    Okay, I love the barn doors! There are several places I would LOVE to put them in my house. My main concern is how do you lock them for places like beds or baths? If the door is on the inside of the room I’m sure latches or hooks of some sort would work, but what about doors on the outside of the room, such as your bath above? Our master/bath layout is almost exactly the same. You guys always seem to have The Answers, hoping you see this one.

    I got my surprise giveaway prize, btw. LOVE it. Thank you!

  42. Maureen says

    Could you cover the electronics with a fabric or bamboo roman shade? That would be softer than doors and add pattern or texture.

  43. says

    I vote no doors too! By the way…I so needed to see this post right now, we are building an addition at the moment, and were almost going to frame the laundry room wall to hold a pocket door…and I wasn’t too set on that, and now I have another option! Woo Hoo! I love this idea! Thank you thank you!

  44. claire says

    DO NOT COVER THE DVD PLAYER! DVDs are on their way OUT! It’s only a matter of time before everything is on a memory-stick! You may as well leave it open for books in the future!

  45. Kelly Szilagyi says

    I love the barn doors, I would also like to do something like that in our bedroom one day so be sure to give us all the details!! As for the TV area – no doors, definitely no doors!

  46. says

    love the blue hubbard color. very pretty.
    I also like your idea with the barn door. very cool. with all the soft coloring and the whites a dark stained barn door would look awesome.

    i think open shelving for your tv and accessories would look nice. I too am a fan of the close the doors on this stuff, but it somehow looks better left open when i looked at both of them in your post.

    the room is really starting to take shape. the final reveal is going to be fabulous as you and your hubby always put some great finishing touches at the end.

  47. says

    Oh my gosh, that bedroom of yours is turning out to be such a heavenly thing! I love it. I have loved barn doors ever since I saw them on Whisperwood Cottage. Never occured to me you could actually make them yourself. I’ll be looking and learning! Can’t wait.

  48. says

    Oh, I LOVE the barn door. I’m sure you two are going to make it look super fabulous! I can’t wait to see the completed project!
    As for the TV cover, why not a set of doors that match the wardrobe thing you’re going to build for the other side of the room? You could actually make two doors for each side that look like individual doors, but are actually bi-folds, kind of like bi-fold closet doors. Does that make sense? I can totally see it in my head, but not sure if I’m explaining it right.

  49. MaryBeth says

    We used a tambour (like on a roll top desk) to conceal the electronics in the entertainment niche over our fireplace. It works great and stays out of the way.

  50. says

    Love the barn door idea. I would not put doors on the TV … really … it is what it is …. and won’t they be open most of the time?

  51. Donna says

    It was a HAPPY day for me when I discovered your blog. My GOLDEN GIRL of diy interior design! Your ideas are inspiration! I, too, have wanted to add barn doors to my master bathroom for ages and can’t wait to see yours!
    I visit your blog many times a week and L.O.V.E. seeing your home evolve in the most tasteful and creative way. Regarding the exposed t.v…it will look GREAT out in the open!
    I plan on sending photos to you of my family room and hope to be chosen for one of your make over posts.
    Best to you and Kevin!

  52. Treva says

    I love your master bedroom design and the barn door concept looks great. I used your bedding as an inspiration for my master bedroom redo and it’s almost done. ;-)

    If you decided you don’t want to do a built-in for the TV, you could build a hutch for on top of the cabinet that you have. I have been building a hutch from plans on http://www.ana-white.com for an existing cabinet I already have. It is turning out so well, and with the great AL weather this week, I plan to bring it outside and paint it this weekend.

    I can’t wait to see how everything turns out in your beautiful bedroom.

  53. says

    Swoon! Love the wall color and… EVERYTHING! TVs are sleek and compact now, not the big ol’ boxy eyesores they used to be- I vote no doors! :)

  54. Kathleen O says

    Just a footnote to a great idea. Years ago I saw a kitchen design that used a matching long cabinet door as a barn door to cover and slide over the wall oven. I think the hardware from the barn door sticks out just enough to cover the handle of the oven. No matter how much you spend on those wall ovens they ruin a kitchen design, don’t you think?

    Also, I’d love to use the ‘nook’ idea as well. But what if that wall is a structural wall and some of the studs have been cut??? Maybe I’ll just check on that before the sawzall fires up :)

  55. Holly says

    Love your barn door idea! We put up a barn door over our pantry and love it! I shopped the reproduction hardware, too, and they were outrageous. I was ready to go the Tractor Supply route when our builder mentioned that he had an old barn track…out in his barn! We were able to buy the entire set for a fourth of the repro price – rail, rollers and two hangers – and it looks awesome. At some point, we’ll have to get the bearings re-done in the rollers because they’re not exactly a smooth glide. However, in the meantime, I kinda like it…it’s noisy like a real barn door. :) Anyway, good luck…maybe you’ll stumble onto something, too!

  56. says

    Ooh, the barn door exactly how you have looks great- I love blue! Also the built-in looks much better without doors cover the TV but the flip-down drawer looks nice to cover the more unsightly smaller electronics :)

  57. says

    love love love these barn doors and CAN”T WAIT to see how yours turns out…..then when you’ve done practicing at your house – you guys can come over here and put one in at our cottage! Your plan is beautiful beautiful beautiful!

  58. says

    I just told the hubs yesterday that I wanted to put two barn doors between our kitchen and dining room (as soon as he rips that wall out and opens it up) and guess what color I told him….turquoise to tie into the hutch we are using in there! When I saw your post last night, I thought I was dreaming. I’m sure it will be great and will be done on a budget! Can’t wait to see it. The room looks peaceful and serene so far!

  59. Joy says

    Oh! I love the barn door idea. I’ve thought about doing that in one of my rooms. Would love to see a tutorial. And I think no doors over the tv. :)

  60. Lori says


    My husband and I just built a similar barn door for our pantry. We built the track and rollers ourselves for less than $75.00. If you’d like to see some photos of what we came up with just let me know where to email them to :)


  61. says

    Layla- I love the barn door idea and every other idea that you come up with. :-)

    I was going to do install separating barn doors in my house and purchased the hardware at Tractor Supply Company for $80. Unfortunately, the plaster in my 60 year old house wouldn’t cooperate and I ended up installing the doors as French Doors. (There are pictures at http://thedoodlingbug.com/photos-webster_street.)

    Tenacwalker- your home is beautiful too!

  62. says

    Love the barn door look! We’re planning it out for our masterbedroom closet door. And I like the tv pocket without any doors…it seems like too much with the dresser, the cupboard doors, the barn door and the mirrored doors. But that’s just mho.
    Shannon {aka}|design

  63. says

    This post made me laugh all over again when you referred to the wall pocket . . . thinking about how your hubby doesn’t like the word, niche! Can’t wait to see the barn door!

  64. Pattie S says

    We had a barn door style between bedroom and bath. We disliked the door not being secure at the bottom. We tried to “rig” something to hold it, but just were never satisfied. I love the concept, but we didn’t succeed. You, no doubt, will.

    As for the doors over the TV, I say leave it open. I think doors would just be in the way. If you watch TV before falling asleep, someone is going to have to get out of bed to close! I’m too lazy!

    Love your “stuff”.

  65. says


    I vote no doors on the TV section. I love the sliding barn doors…I can’t wait to see the room finished…it’s so wonderful already! You and Kevin are amazing.

  66. Audrey Thiesen says

    Awesome room transformation! I know for a fact that you will be able to pull all this off in real life. As for the doors in front of the tv…not liking them. I’d leave it open.

  67. says

    Ok Layla the barn door is amazing! i was just trying to figure out how we could make one for a baby gate over our stairs….Good luck building one.

    I vote no doors over the TV. Here is why…. Will you ever shut them? Speaking from experience, we never ever shut them, so they are always in the way. Also, as a mama and I know you are in the process of becoming a mama, it is one less thing you will have to shut. (: That’s IMHO, oh one more thing your bedroom is turning out beautiful and it looks so cozy and relaxing! Great job!

  68. Shelly says

    It’s gonna look awesome however you end up doing it!!…I say YES to doors for the TV. A TV is very unromantic for the bedroom–I know, we all have them in there, but…what about doors that can open & slide inside the cabinet?? Sounds pretty tricky, but was just a thought. Love your blog & thanks for all the inspiration!

  69. says

    Hi, layla.. your room is looking great. Love the idea of the wall pocket for the tv and such,, i’d leave it open, no doors, but thats just me. I’ve got a spot in my house that i’ve been wanting to put one of those sliding doors,, so I cant wait to see what you(y’all) do. thanks for all you share on here,, always inspired.

  70. Elisa G. K. says

    Love the barn door idea!

    My vote: cover the TV. It makes the focal point the upper shelves (which showcase prettier things) rather than the TV (not so cute).

    Can’t wait to see the result!!

  71. says

    Omg. I’m so stinkin jealous!!! I’ve been wanting one forever and there’s only one decent spot in the house for one… I wanna know where you get everything, for how much, and a step by step tutorial! Demanding aren’t I? So excited for ya… you guys are gonna have the best master suite ever :)

  72. Kelly says

    We just converted our unused living room into the boys room and used these doors! Love them! Try a farm supply house or even use a closet track if your doors are light enough (we used hollow core doors and trimmed them out). Good luck!

  73. says

    Absolutely LOVE the door. What a great inspiration for staging a home and making it a place where people want to live! Changing the wall color from yellow to mint/light green completely changes the feel of that room. Excellent!

  74. Alea Wassmuth says

    I’ve never needed a barn slider before, but we have one on our barn! no you can’t have it, we actually use it :-) But – there should be an old falling down barn somewhere that you could get one from, or a farm auction, something. I know you’d be able to fix it up to beautiful!

  75. says

    I think doors to cover the TV make the shelves look out of balance. Dont know if you have space to pocket those doors so you could hide it when you wanted to but most of the time it would be open. I would also think about putting pretty glass doors that carry on your cottage look on the top shelves if you are going to add that drop down piece below, again just for balance. Looking forward to seeing the finished product. Love the barn door idea!

  76. says

    I love the sliding door idea. I’m hoping to achieve a similar thing to cover my guest room closet. The problem I had was finding a track that was short enough for my space, but it looks like you won’t have that problem.

    I vote to keep the doors off the TV cubby. I think they would be a pain when open. Just my opinion. :)

  77. leigh says

    as far as the tv nook goes, i like the flip down part but not the doors over the tv itself.

    but regarding the barn door you have GOT to check out the DIY step-by-step posts over on another blog i follow called “housetweaking”. they just recently completed this and have the sugestions for the hardware too! there are tons of great pics and very do-able! you two could TOTally DIY!

    here are the posts:

    i can’t wait to see how you room turns out!

  78. Erin says

    Love the sliding barn door-wish I had room for it at my house. I vote no doors on the tv….Good luck!

  79. says

    Hey Layla – well, I simply love your idea for the barn door and actually – you inspired me – once again. We are currently building a new farmhouse and I have been looking for a different “door” to go over the pantry entry. I think this idea would be just perfect – so thanks for helping me out. We live on a farm and have several barns and all of our tracks have come from the metal supply company. We have mostly metal barns and when we constructed some new doors a year or so ago – we bought the track and metal from the same company. Oh well, it is simply another source you might check. Sounds like you have been given several different options. I wish you all well with the project – if you all do it – it will be just awesome like everything else you do!

  80. Lthrbth says

    My thinking with the tv doors: if you’re both in bed and decide to switch it on….ONE of you has to get up and open the doors! :-P

  81. says

    UH, YEAH, there’s gotta be a better way to do the barn door track system than for $400 – that’s the cheapest quote i’ve gotten for the same thing I want to do in our master bedroom! Yuck, no way I’m paying that. Please, please, please post any and all details about what you guys come up with so I can be a super duper copy cat!!! haha, THANKS!!! :)

  82. Beverly says

    Love the barn doors idea! Can’t wait to see what you and hubby come up with. Also, no doors on the TV – it’s just too “doory”. BTW, I absolutely love how you make a bed – I have NO skill in that department!

  83. Kiki says

    I would like to do this for my bathroom, with the door on the inside of the bathroom and also doubling as some type of towel rack. If anyone has any ideas or inspiration for that, I could certainly use it…the bathroom is going to be mostly stone and glass, with a wood vanity and vessel sink, either just square white or some type of glass bowl from O. I can kind of picture the door, but not really.

  84. sarah b says

    i think a single door covering the TV would be nice. mount a mirror and it becomes a small vanity area. or use it as a rotating seasonal art display area. the dark tv will distract from your super-cool barn door.

    i also like the drop-down drawer for the components.

  85. says

    I’m all for covering the TV and gadgets up. I never think a TV actually enhances the look of a room…a creative solution to avoid that door-door-door thing, and hide the TV, is the best bet, I think.

    And I’m loving that barn door idea, although I doubt I’d ever be gutsy enough to do something like that!

  86. says

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE sliding doors and yours is no exception. I can’t wait to see your finished project…makes me want one of my own! I think painting it blue will make it a focal point for the room.

  87. Claire says

    Make sure you ask some friends with children about this sliding door. Have to think about kiddos now. Maybe if there is a way to secure it?

  88. says

    That’s such a great idea! I’ve sen barn doors used and would love to know how to build one. So glad you are going to figure it out for us.
    Rita @May Days

  89. says

    LOVE the barn door idea! we are currently working on a barn door slider for our bathroom renovation. we looked ALL over for vintage hardware, and as you found, they are major expensive. i even posted on craiglist for a want ad…to no avail. when we were at our wit’s end…my m-i-l’s cousin found one lying around his barn converted workshop, along with the rollers. i was SO thrilled. so, ask everyone you know…high and low…then have them ask others. i so hope you find one!

  90. says

    Oooo I’m really excited to see the finished look! Would love a tutorial on the lockers once you’re done them too. I have the exact same picture saved on my computer and am hoping to build something like that for our front hall. Just not so sure how to go about it. Good luck and have fun!! :)

  91. says

    I’m really excited to see how yall put that barn door together. It looks SO FUN! By the way…I like the wall unit WITHOUT Doors.

  92. says

    BARN DOORS! I have wanted barn doors to cover our laundry nook since we moved in our house almost 2 yrs ago! I can’t wait to see how they turn out!!

  93. Cindy jones says

    Thanks for giving all of us the chance to put in our two cents. I like your barn door design or the blue or grey in the inspiration photos. I also the the idea of of couple of glass lights to break up the solid feel of the blue door. Skip the tv doors. You have enough doors without adding more. I’d keep the locker docked simple like your photo shows. Your bedroom is coming together beautifully.

  94. says

    I love the color of the walls, and I think the color of the barn door you put in as an example greatly compliments the color. It stands out, but it doesn’t smack you in the face. So beautiful, and I love barn doors!

  95. Kim in MD says

    I love the barn door for your MB bathroom! I can’t wait to see the completed project! Oh- in my humble opinion, I vote no for the TV doors. I love the pull out drawer below, though! :-)

  96. Katy Smith says

    Hi! I am new to your blog and have been looking back at your older posts. WOW! Love your vision! Sounds like you guys have lots of fun with it as well. I have been a long admirer of barn doors and since I live in a barn would love to have them somewhere in the house. (Although, technically every door in here IS a barn door…sorry couldn’t resist) Unfortunately, I have never been able to find out where to get the hardware for this. Do you have any suggestions? Also, as my space is only about 10ft wide I thought of using some antique doors. Probably not giving you enough to go on but will be glad to give you more info if needed. Hope to hear from you…

  97. Ella's Mum says

    I vote no doors as well. Love the barn door idea! Of course, I love most of your ideas. I don’t mean to be a suck up…just a fan. :)

  98. says

    Hey Layla – just wanted to mention that a friend of mine found a great barn door on Cragslist for like $80. It looks fabulous installed.

  99. Patti says

    I like the tv cabinets with no doors and for the barn doors, I love the blue but also really like the natural wood look in your inspiration board (in the kitchen pic).

  100. Mallory says

    We just put barn doors in last week!!!! I am loving them. Don’t know if you have already picked out hardware and what not, but shoot me an email if you are interested in what we did.

  101. Jennie says

    I am so excited about the barn door! We are doing one for a closet/pantry in our house. We have yet to do it and it remains doorless so I CANNOT wait to see what you come up with. We just cant decided if we should try to build the door or buy one.

  102. Kelly says

    I am looking forward to see this project … please let me know what you find in the barn door area. I live in Las Vegas and our master suite in HUGE but no door separating the room and the bathroom (I don’t understand it) but we are thinking about using one as well. Good Luck!

  103. says

    just found this post via house of smiths. i love barn doors and have tons of them in my inspiration file on my computer. i can’t wait to see how you build this. i vote no doors over the tv. i like the little flip down door but the other doors take away from the barn door and make things too busy. without the doors seems cleaner and less fussy. in the picture without the doors my eye goes right to the barn door. in the picture with the doors, i find myself looking back and forth between the two sets of doors. ……either way it’s going to be great!

  104. Kimberly Junkins says

    I’d say no doors on the tv cabinet. Personally, in my house the doors would never be shut, plus I think it would look like “why’s that cabinet there.” I LOVE the barn door but have no place to put one in my house. Looking at your photo gave me a thought though. I have a very large/tall bank of window’s in my bedroom and can’t figure out how to put curtains up. I might think about using the barn door to close off the windows on hot summer days but when it’s open it would add interest to the huge wall beside them. My husbands not going to like this! :)

  105. Stephanie says

    I’m absolutely drooling! I can’t wait for you to post a tutorial on both the door AND the hardware – I would love to do this in my kids room (which is cowboy/western/toy explosion themed…lol), but have no desire to spend $400 on hardware for it! And I live in an old farmhouse (almost 100 years old) so this will be perfect!!!

  106. says


    sister… i have a barn door at Bradford. i finally just bit the bullet and got the barn door system–it kind of made me sick because, really, must they be so pricey? But, someone recommended Tractor Supply or the Farmer’s Co-op. I looked and they were way too barn-like and less stable-like. But, I bet you and Kevin could take one and make it into something incredible. You should check Tractor Supply!


  107. says

    Long time reader/1st time commenting:
    I love barn doors. We recently had our offer accepted for the 2-story loft we are currently renting. The “bedroom” just off the 2nd story stairwell doesn’t have a door and I’ve been daydreaming about putting a sliding barn door up there for months. Not certain how we’ll do it – or when – once the final paperwork makes the place officially ours I have a slew of things we’ll be working on one at a time. Everyone I’ve told about my plans seems to think I’m crazy – they’ve never thought of an indoor barn-door…I’m thrilled to see someone else has similar plans. (LOL, hoping you’ll do a tutorial before I have to hit that phase…you know, just so I can cheat.)

  108. Rachelle says

    My 2 cents on the doors for the tv – no doors. Not like the inspiration photo, anyway. I started following you after seeing your work on PW. I Love That Yo Do That. I’ve been messing around with photoshop like that before a major remodel for a couple of years now and everyone looks at me like I’m just anal, but man what a time, and money saver! Yes, it take additional time upfront, but really helps to visualize before you go all the way down the wrong path. I can’t believe more companies don’t use it – siding and roofing, for example, landscaping, the possibilities are endless. Anyway, two thoughts on this. I like the barn door. What if you used that same philosophy and hung one of your beautiful pics of the two of you as a couple (or a family later on down the road) on that same type of mechanism in miniature scale. PS. I’d LOVE to see an in-detail tutorial of that on How To’s day. I’ve been thinking about doing this in our bedroom, but can’t figure it out. We don’t have a built in though, so that would probably help. That would be my first choice, but the other alternative would be to use some sort of glass insert doors. You could do a pretty etching on the glass…

  109. says

    I’ve been in love with this barn door idea for a while, but haven’t been able to figure out where I could use this in my house. Can’t wait to see what you do!

  110. says

    I read your blog all the time.
    You two remind me of my husband and I.
    I am very excited for your upcoming adoption.

    Now, about this barn door. Can I tell you how excited I am to see this? It’s going to be great!
    Thank you for including your inspirations into your post. I always love to see what inspires creative minds.

  111. says

    Love the barn door idea. It doesn’t go with how I’m decorating our new house, but if I had the beachy/casual feel (which I love to look at, by the way) I would totally try this. Yours will look great!

    Oh, exposed electronics…the bane of my existence. I like the idea of the drawer! The TV seems to work the way you have it planned, though. The doors feel a little too cupboard-y for me.

    I’m sure whatever you choose will look fab. :)

  112. says

    Hi , I was going to send you to House Tweaking also, but see someone else mentioned it. I’d spring for good hardware…it will be getting a bunch of use and that’s not a door you want to fall off!

  113. says

    I can’t wait to see how you do the barn doors. I want to do one in our house, but we are poor, poor, poor. I can’t wait to see your budget-friendly option. :)

  114. Rhoni T says

    The best place to find barn door hardware is craiglist. Two years ago I found the rail system that is now on my barn plus scored the door itself. The door was in too bad of condition to use, but the wood has been used for picture frames and as a mount for my husbands deer head. (FYI: I live in Oklahoma, everyone has deer heads here, we don’t all like them, but we have them) (Sorry Hun)
    As for the door on the TV, I did a built in like in your drawing. However, to hide the whole mess I framed the cut out and put a canvas light weight framed picture on a piano hinge, that way it stays open when in use, and closed when TV is off. The Sat. box is still sitting on the dresser, because it is too big for the niche, but that too got covered, I left the back open for heat to be released but put a door on the front to hide the fact that it is a satelite.
    The Hubs ask why I went to so much trouble to hide the fact that we have a TV in our bedroom. My reply was, I have a deer head in my living room. End of discussion. I won! Sometimes its best to not ask why.

  115. Carla says

    I just found your site and LOVE it! You are so creative and talented, and a girl after my own heart for sure. We have turned a “burn down” farmhouse into a lovely family home. My next project will be a sliding barn door (and here I thought I would be the only one to think of that), to slide in front of the staircase opening to the attic that is now our master bedroom. My husband, a farmer, thinks a barn door in the house is crazy, but who doesn’t love crazy??!!! Anyways, about the “to door, or not to door”. I think the Tv should be covered. If not doors, maybe shutters, when closed and slide some photos in the slats? Or a piece of art? Or a big framed mirror on hinges? You know those huge ornate frames, maybe insert a chalkboard or fabric, or mirror? From what I have seen of your “look”, i just can’t see an open TV.
    Looking very forward to following your projects!!!

  116. Crystal Sargent says

    I’m still waiting for your idea on the ‘cheaper’ version so I can make mine!!! I did find this site that seems to sell a kit that can be concealed with a picture shelf, which I LOVE and will probably do unless your version is better! Thanks dear! http://www.johnsonhardware.com/photosubmit/Valerie%20McGovern.htm The kit seems to be really affordable unless I am totally reading it wrong! What do you think? Like around $50 for the whole kit for one door, mine will be a double door like the picture for my bathroom and closet door in the master, and I do plan on adding mirrors like you….LOVE it too!

  117. says

    Hi Kevin and Layla

    Love this post on your barn doors and I can’t wait to see it when it is finished!
    It will add so much character!

    We did a barn door on our bathroom remodel and I recently did a post on it.
    It looks like a lot of people are interested in this idea, so I hope you don’t mind but I added a link at the bottom of my post to other great posts about barn doors.


  118. dana says

    Just ran across this post on another blog and remembered you are going to build one! Thought I’d pass it along in case you need a little inspiration (not that you EVER seem to be lacking in that department!) :-) Here’s a 3 part post about how they built their door and hung it.

  119. Curt says

    Like the barn door idea. Great floor space saver as well. My wife is in residential kitchen & bathroom design and I am in commercial mechanical system design by profession. We are looking at creating our own “industrial grade barn door hardware kit” to bring out our personal creativity and functionality within our home. We plan to utilize re-purposed heavy duty metal pulleys/wheels w/ball bearings along a 1/4″ thick or so plate steel for the track. 3/8″ lag bolts w/ washers and 1/2″ or so dia. SCH 40 pipe cut long enough to hold the door off the wall & trim for the hardware from the local box store should anchor the “rail” to the wall studs at 16″ o.c. We know both inexpensive and expensive kits can easily be found online. However we are not satisfied with the appearance and performance of most of the inexpensive kits, and can’t afford to spend several weeks salary on the expensive kits. Like the idea on re-purposing items from craigslist, garage sales, etc. (within reason.) We hope to construct this soon, and need to locate some authentic barn wood or re-puposed, re-finished old doors like you have pictured that would make this project complete. Best of luck to all of you in your projects.

  120. wyatt brooks says

    Tractor supply stores stock the hardware to do interior barn doors for a fraction of the cost….I have two in my house now and they are great….

  121. Philly says

    Hi Laya, I wee bit late posting this, but I would hide the electronics w/ old exterior shutters :)
    Your b’room looks fab & my hubby is building barn doors as a divide between our very open plan LR/ kitchen area in our little beach cottage in RI.
    Best of luck & excited to see what you come up with!, Philly :)

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