“My brain has too many tabs open.”
Remember when I blogged about “having” to paint the wall (and ceiling) outside the room I’m working on right now?
Well, now you know why it had to be done. 🙂
I had to paint the wall so that we could hang that big ol’ 9-panel pocket door! It came from an antique shop in Sweetwater, Tennessee courtesy of my friend Lucy, and we are absolutely loving it!
We picked up the sliding track hardware at Sabel Steel Wholesale here in Montgomery, Alabama.
The grand total for everything (an 8′ track, 3 hangers, 2 brackets, a pair of wheels, and 2 end caps) came to $85 after tax. Not bad considering most of the sliding hardware I’ve seen online is between $200-$400. (Note: the only finish Sabel sells is galvanized and the tracks come in 4′ and 8′ lengths. They said they usually don’t carry a lot of tracks in the store, so make sure to call first to see if they have what you need in stock: (334) 265-6771.)
The door handle came from my friend Ashley’s shop, Parish. (Also located in Montgomery.)
…and as far as pulling the door open from the other side, there’s enough raised and recessed molding on the back side of the door to pull it open very easily. That said, this room will become my office in the next couple of years, so it will probably stay open most of the time. The door does slide open and closed very easily though. It’s amazing how a sliding track can make something heavy feel so featherlight! The only thing left to do is mount a small caster, horizontally, onto the base board behind the door so that nothing scrapes against the door frame. I’ll show you what I mean in my blog post on Wednesday.
On to what’s really swirling around in my mind today.
The group trip.
The one that started this past weekend…the one that we almost got to be a part of.
New forever friends are bonding with their babies today, y’all.
So, needless to say, my brain is doing a lot of darting around this week.
I mean, me and the Mamas have been talking about being there for months…but now they’re actually there.
(photo from Three Angels Facebook page)
They’re standing on that infamous Arabesque tile floor. They’re hearing all 13 kiddos at once. They’re looking into the eyes of the littles they’ve loved since first sight.
It’s absolutely thrilling for this soon-to-be-traveling mama-to-be to think about. Think I’ll go paint and get lost in that “tab” some more today. 🙂
Love the door!!! Inspiration!!!!!!!!!!!!
When you go to Three Angels, will you already be matched with a child?
What an exciting time in your lives!!!
Hello from Canada, I am a huge fan of your blog. Question regarding the hanging of this amazing door? Did you have to put extra support in the wall to mount the tracking?
love that door!
Layla, that has to be my favorite sliding door tracks I have seen!! And the price is a definite bonus!! Too bad I don’t live in Alabama!! Too bad on so many levels :). Praying that you get to your little loved one soon!! Blessings to you!
First off, that door just took my breath away. Stunning addition. Add that to Mamas seeing babes for the first time and…. let it snow (in Alabama!).whoot whoot. We will make snow babies and send pictures to add to a certain album.
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Sigh…. this door is dreamy! Love it! Ahh, just perfection! Beautiful job, Layla, and great score Lucy!
Mary | Lemon Grove Blog
Gorgeous!! That’s one heck of an entrance to your little’s room! 😀
That door is GORGEOUS! Well done!
I saw the picture of the door pop up on my Bloglovin’ and I said “Are you kidding me?” You are killin’ me with your talent! The door is sooo beautiful and complete perfection. It fits perfect. I don’t know if I have seen a more beautiful door and what a deal! Have a wonderful week prepping and dreaming. 🙂
I don’t know how you can keep your mind on anything when you are thinking about your little one. 🙂
Your door is gorgeous–I have a very plain-Jane pocket door but what I LOVE is the functionality of it. It’s so nice to save on floor space by not having that swinging arc. Enjoy.
Layla ~ I’ve been waiting for that barn door to appear since Feb 2011.
Will there be details to follow ?
Yes, I’m repeating what everyone else has said !!
Lol! I remember that post! No more details to follow other than the caster bit. I was up to my eyeballs in caulk and paint while Brian the Carpenter and Kevin were installing it together so I didn’t catch much of that process. I just heard a few grunts and POOF, it was up! 😀
I am in love with that door — AMAZING. I wish I had an ounce of your design juice. Great work!
Oh, and you’ll be there soon with your little one. Just hang tight..it’ll be here before you know it.
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i can’t imagine concentrating on much of anything if i were you! exciting times…
The door looks fantastic!
Lindze @ Interior Fun
Oh, Layla! I love your door — it looks stunning and the hardware is perfect! We had a custom barn door built for the doorway to our basement… it’s 10ft tall and I love it! In fact, I don’t ever want to move now that we have it. 🙂
You can see it here: http://www.interiorfun.com/2013/10/essentials-for-cozy-living-room.html
Looks fantastic! Please update us on how it works and holds up 🙂
That door is SPECTACULAR! I have a couple of places in my house where I would love to add a pocket door of some sort, but yours takes the cake! Do you mind me asking how much the door was? It is phenomenal.
Wow, that was a huge steal for the tracking! Your right, the prices online are crazy high. I can install a regular door for what the tracking cost. I’m on the look out for some currently. A trip to you neck of the woods would be out of the question though. Love, love that door and handle!
It looks beautiful! Love the textured look of the door. How on Earth did you lift it to get it hung up. It looks heavy!
I opened this post and said, “Shut up!”
I think this is perfect and I want to do this in my house somewhere!
LOVE the barn door! So fabulous!
Can’t wait to hear more about the trip:)
You really scored on that hardware! I need such hardware and could get to Sabel’s, but I need the hardware in Phoenix AZ. How did you research where to buy your tracks etc? Online prices are out of sight. There must be a better way.
You are amazing! Love, love, love the barn door! So excited for you, and so grateful that you’re letting us in on this incredible journey!!
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My hubby just finished making a sliding barn door from some old corral wood. We have yet to pick a handle, your door is awesome! I love it! I will be sure to show him your finished DIY project. 🙂 Enjoy your blog very much,,,have a great week.
Anna @ A Good Home
That door looks amazing!! What a great idea!
Those babies are so, so beautiful! I can’t wait for YOU to get to meet your beautiful little boy soon (he’s a boy, right??) I have a now 3 yr old boy and he’s just a bundle of constant sweet preciousness. You’ll be even more blown away than you can possible imagine 🙂
Beautiful, I love it!
The door is gorgeous. I love the hardware. And the paint in the hallway. I love it all!
So exciting for you to know so soon now you’ll get to be there.
OH Layla…so happy and excited for you two!!!!!
The door looks AMAZING…I love LOVE love it!!! I am curious to what Lorie asked…did you have to put some extra support in the wall beings the door has GOT to be super heavy!!!
Thank you, Lisa! The door isn’t as heavy as it looks, but the guys did use pretty big bolts and secured them into the studs behind the drywall. 🙂
So excited for you! I hope they will send you a pic of your little one.
I was wondering if it’s possible to lock the sliding door either from the outside or inside. I know you wouldn’t want to lock it from the outside in this case, but I was thinking of putting a door like that in front of basement stairs, so I would want to be able to lock it on both sides.
Funny thing–I live in Sweetwater, TN and love all our antique stores and frequent them often! Looks like that door was made just for that room!
Most farm suppliers stores or lumber stores may have the hardware to hang a door. I bought a set for a shed and this go around I bought some angle iron at Homedepot and put some brackets up to bolt it on. The price online for niche businesses are so high. They are beautiful but my budget requires some creativity. If you don’t like the silver galvanized you can use rustoleum hammered finish spray paints to change it up. There are some great paint colors available. Love your door. It is lovely.
I love the pocket door, it looks awesome! Keeping you in my thoughts with the adoption and travel plans in the future. Sometimes things do happen for a reason, unknown – to us at the time. Fingers crossed! Who knows – maybe there is a greater plan to come. Keep the faith and keep all the wonderful projects coming. I love all the great things you do!
I have a sneaky suspicion that you know that one of those cuties in the picture is your cutie!
Yes! We knew at first sight, actually! Can’t wait to share his photo here whenever we get the green light! 😀
Oh my goodness, Layla! Sooo excited for you! Praying for you every step of the way!
Love the door…will have to look around up here in Canada.
Soon..it will be your turn, Layla to meet your sweet p…there is a time and a season for every purpose under Heaven ..and I know you know that…the room is looking great!
Love the door!!! It loos great. I have places that would benefit greatly from this, but alas I don’t have the wall space next to the doors. Sigh.
“My brain has too many tabs open” may have just become my favorite new saying. 😉
Such fun, exciting things going on in your life! Thanks for sharing them with us.
I’m so curious about this room. I love everything about it! I love your dream boards for the “kids room”, the built ins, the bard door! So much to love!! You said it will be your office in the future? Where will your bubba move to? Will he be in the master and you will move to another (mysterious) room?
Thanks, Vanessa! 😀 Yes, little man will move into our current master bedroom and we’ll add on another room for us. Right now, our house only has the two bedrooms, but we’ve got some room to build, so that’ll be fun! 🙂
Oh my goodness! That door is to DIE for! It’s so gorgeous!
Just wanted to pop by and say that I’ve spent the past 2 hours wandering on your blog – your home is beyond lovely and I love the feel of it all! I adore when a home looks so beautiful, but also like real people live there. Keep up the beautiful work!
Hi. Love the door! We plan on doing this, but I only have one delimna. Chair railing part way up the wall. Do you have any ideas on how we can do this door and keep the door from hitting the railing every time we open the door? Thanks in advance!!
Hi Jennifer! Here’s a link to the post I published that shows what we did: https://theletteredcottage.net/sliding-door-tip/
Hope that helps! 🙂