After deciding we wanted a sliding modern barn door leading from the kitchen to the future laundry room/mudroom, the search was on! We kept our eyes on Craigslist. We went to a ton of thrift stores and the ReStore. We hunted and hunted and nada. Nothing even close. So, we decided to not waste any more time and just make a door.
To get inspiration, I pulled up a photo from Ebay of a door that I really liked and maybe we could draw our inspiration from it.
Cool, huh? Originally we really wanted glass in the door, but going the DIY route, we just weren’t sure how to do that and it would add so much money to the project. Tempered glass is not cheap! We mapped out all the dimensions and decided to add a third row of paneling so our door would be nice and wide. When we went shopping for the supplies, all of the wood came to about $150. Chris and our friend, Preston, worked on making all the cuts for a few nights and then planing the wood and then, two days ago…
We got a text from my mom:
There were two really old large solid oak doors WITH GLASS next to the dumpster! I was in the middle of painting a floor to ceiling eiffel tower on my niece’s wall (apparently the eiffel tower is trending among 14 year olds), so Chris drove right over and hauled them home. We had to call a neighbor to help get them in the house because these suckers were heavy at about 125 lbs a piece. The stand about 89″ tall and 36″ wide and just like that, our barn door plans have changed.
We are thinking one will hang here in the great room and the other might end up in our bedroom. We don’t have a door going from our room into our bathroom and have always wanted one–weird, I know. We need to do some work on the doors before we can hang them.
-Remove the hinges and swinging hardware from the top and patch the holes
-Give them a good cleaning
-Polish the backplate on the handle
-Sand and refinish the wood (but keep the vintage charm!)
-Frost the glass
-Possibly raise the door frame up
So, yes, we already spent some money on wood for a different door, but “you gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em” amiright? This is the door our dreams are made of and we can’t wait to see her all fixed up and pretty. Did we score or did we score? #dumpsterdivingftw