Thank you for all your sweet emails about our move a couple days ago. Stay tuned, I will be sharing the new house soon! I have the BEST post today and so many of you are going to love this. Do you have a door in your home that when opened, creates chaos? A door when opened that causes you to be stuck in the space? Today I am sharing a Barn Door Installation Without Removing Door Trim. We have partnered with JELD-WEN Window and Doors to show you their amazing new Barn Door Kit. The barn doors are available in four different styles: craftsman, old world, contemporary, and farmhouse. The door comes in 1 box and everything you need is inside.
Barn Door Installation Without Removing Door Trim
Personally, I think barn style doors are perfect for a closet, basement door, bathroom door or even a built in bookcase. Be sure to check out our double interior barn doors we installed to cover a bookcase that we converted to store baking dishes and small kitchen appliances.
Here is the before.
Removing door trim can be a daunting and expensive task
Removing door trim can be expensive as you will need to repair the sheet rock and possibly replaster the area. Door trim when removed, typically leaves the wall underneath the trim in need of TLC. The sheetrock will need significant sanding, patching and repainting. That is why this door installation is perfect as you do not need to remove the trim.
As many of you may know, we are planning a move in the near future (You can see our new mediterranean house here) so I reached out to a friend to see if she was game for a kitchen door makeover. My friend has a beautiful kitchen but unfortunately, their basement door (which leads to their finished basement) swings right into their island area creating a major traffic jam when the door is in use. As you can see below, the door swing is completely annoying and not functional at all.
My friend Sophia and Gerry were thrilled when I told them about this opportunity with JELD-WEN and couldn’t wait to tackle the project. We had a family friend on hand to help with installation as well. The JELD-WEN Design Glide Barn Door kit has easy to read instructions and took just a Saturday morning to install.
Barn Door Installation Without Removing Door Trim – Just A Quick Spackle
We removed the standard sized existing basement door as well as the door hinges. The nice thing about the JELD-WEN barn door kit is you can install the door right over your existing door trim. You do NOT need to remove the trim! You will need to use some Spackle (we used the quick dry version) to fill the area where you remove the previous doors hinges but that is all. It took about 15 minutes to fill the holes, sand and add touch up paint to the existing door hinge spots. Be sure to reference JELD-WEN’s site for appropriate sizing.
Door Installation day
Once the door was removed, we installed the wood header piece above the door frame. JELD-WEN also supplied a matching white wood header but Sophia wanted the header to match the wall color so she purchased a piece of 3/4 inch pine and had it custom cut to the length we needed. She added two coats of paint (same as wall color) and we were good to go! We used the wall screws that JELD-WEN provide to attach the base/header to the wall. You can fill the screw holes with wood putty or spackle and touch up with paint.
Barn Door Installation Without Removing Door Trim – Attach The Rail
Next we attached the sliding black rail to the wall.
We then fastened to the door sliding track and soft close feature to prevent the door from slamming open or closed. The kit comes with a bottom door track as well which we opted not to use as it wasn’t necessary for our install. The Soft Close feature is by far one of the coolest features on this door. They have two kids and this door leads to their playroom in the basement so you can imagine the slamming that would take place without the Soft Close! We installed the Soft Close on each end of the track so that if you are opening or closing, the door doesn’t slam in either direction.
I am sure many of you can relate to an awkward door swing and this barn door kit would solve a lot of those issues, right? I cannot even begin to tell you how amazing this door is. Not only is it functional and pretty but it’s great quality.
How to install a barn door for a bathroom
This barn door kit would be perfect for a bathroom as well. Bathroom doors can also have awkward swings into smaller bathrooms either hitting a vanity or making it impossible for two people to pass through a narrow space. As long as you have enough room for the door to slide, you are golden!
Related: See our built in DIY sliding barn doors in our kitchen renovation
The directions for the sliding kit are very useful and straight forward. Like I mentioned earlier, the door comes in 4 different styles and we chose the Contemporary Style. I absolutely love how the door looks in their kitchen and it’s amazing how the door looks like it was made for that spot. Not only can you enter and exit from the basement without bumping the stool or possibly hitting a person who may be in the way, the door provides gorgeous architectural interest. The wall literally went from being a boring wall with a standard door to a wall that is now modern, fun and sophisticated. I will most certainly want this door in our new house! You can find the JELD-WEN doors at your local Lowes Home Improvement Store or you can visit JELD-WEN website for more information.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of JELD-WEN. The opinions and text are all mine.