Building a unique sliding barn door for the doorway between our master bedroom and the bathroom was something I have wanted to do since we moved in. At first, I thought I wanted to use an old antique barn door, but then realized I wanted something more modern. Below I have my full tutorial on how I built our modern DIY Barn Door!
Here is a shot of the doorway where we are putting the barn door:
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- 1- cut to 35″W X 85″L X 3/4″thick plywood (this was specific to the size of the door we needed)
- 2- 85″ L X 3 1/2″W X 3/4″ thick- maple pieces of wood (border pieces)
- 4- 30″L X 3 1/2″W X 3/4″thick- maple pieces of wood (border pieces and centerpieces)
- 10-12- 4’L X 1 1/2″W X 1/2″thick- maple pieces of wood (for diagonal strips)
- Liquid Nails
- Painter’s Tape (I like Frog Tape)
- Miter Saw
- Lots of Clamps (these clamps will save your life!)
- Primer & Paint Niebla Azul (I got both from Sherwin Williams)
- Optional: Paint Sprayer (Love this product)
- Sliding barn door hardware
- Barn door handle
*Something to remember: these measurements were based on the specific size of door we needed so make sure to consider that if you are making your own door.
I came up with the design by doing some brainstorming and using
In the end Instagram chose this design and I love it!
Onto my DIY Barn Door Tutorial:
Step 1: Cut Wood to Correct Sizes
We had Lowe’s cut a large piece of plywood into the exact size the door needed to be 35″ x 85″ X 3/4″. We cut the rest of the wood pieces (the pieces that make the design on the front of the door) to the correct sizes with our miter saw at home.
*Make sure to sand your large piece of plywood before the following steps
Step 2: Glue Border Wood Pieces to Plywood
Once you have your border pieces cut, use l
Step 3: Measure Spacing for Center Wood Pieces
Use your head and calculate the spacing you need for the two center wood pieces 🙂 This is my Dad’s specialty so we usually let him do this part.
Step 4: Secure Center Wood Pieces to Base
Step 5: Measure for Diagonal Wood Pieces
This was probably the scariest part of building this door! It was very difficult to calculate the spacing between the diagonal pieces. Since we aren’t mathletes, we actually figured out the spacing by using trial and error HA! Yep, we laid the diagonal pieces on the door and kept moving and measuring each space until we ended up with the same space between all four pieces. It actually only took about five minutes!
Once we found the spacing (about 5 3/4″) we cut
Since we knew the three sections of the door were the exact same size we cut three copies of each of the four diagonal pieces. I then flipped the center diagonal pieces so that they were going the opposite way.
Step 6: Secure Diagonal Wood Pieces to Base
Use Liquid nails and painter’s tape to secure the diagonal wood pieces to the base of the door. Again, make sure everything is lined up correctly.
Step 7: Let Dry & Remove Clamps and Painter’s Tape
We let our door dry for about 15 hours. By then the Liquid Nails had hardened and we were ready to take the clamps and painter’s tape off! This was the most exciting part, we finally got to see the design finished!
Step 8: Paint
This step starts out fun because you get to see the color make its appearance, but waiting for the paint to dry, cleaning the sprayer, and making a spray station indoors (because it is -30 degrees outside) is not really that fun ha!
We used this HomeRight sprayer to paint the door. I promise I will do a full blog post reviewing this sprayer so you can see it in action, but for
Step 9: Stare at the Beauty of this DIY Barn Door 🙂
I think this door has now surpassed my favorite DIY project, our DIY Railing! I’m so happy I get to wake up to this beauty every day and feel so proud we made it ourselves 🙂
The sliding barn door hardware we used is amazing! After looking at the instructions for a while and getting a grasp on how it all worked it was actually easier than I thought to install. The key was to make sure everything was level. We also bought a large handle from Amazon to complete the look of our modern barn door 🙂
I really hope you enjoyed this project! Thanks for following along 🙂