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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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….

  4. 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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