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Today, I’m excited to share the story of how we built our very own DIY barn closet doors. This post has been on my to-do list for weeks, but I’ve been feeling a mix of emotions. We sadly said goodbye to my beloved grandmother last summer due to old age. While she lived an incredible 92 years, bidding farewell is never easy.
Before her passing, we were working on our DIY barn closet doors to enclose our beautiful built-in bookcase. The vision for this room was to create a display for our china and a practical space to hang our coats.
Here is the opening on the bookcase before we built the barn doors. The quality of the picture is not that great but it’s the only picture I have so you get the idea.
How to build barn doors for a closet
We used leftover materials from a previous project. You can purchase different wood if you want something a bit more sturdy.
- wood for trim (we used pine 1×4’s)
- 4×8 beadboard plank
- sandpaper (for rough edges)
Step 1: Measure Doors
You will need a “T” square to draw straight lines to cut
Measure the length and width of the doors you are making
Step 2: Cut 1×4 pine as the frame
We used bead board 4×8 planks as the backing
1×4’s as the frame
We glued with Elmers Wood glue and used 5/8″ nails (flip over and nail from the back)
You will need to let the glue set before you nail.
My grandfather, who lives with us, always watched my dad and I do our projects!
This part was a little difficult….we used 1×2’s to make the “x” design on the door.
You will need a beveled square to get the exact degree to cut …this is where my dad came in VERY handy!
At this point, the other side is glued and we have flipped over the plank and reinforced with nails.
You will need to put something heavy in the middle of the “x” design to clamp it for a bit. The gas cans were the closest and heaviest!
I love these barn doors and am very pleased with all they came out.
To save some money, I ended up mounting the barn doors on hinges instead of using the sliding door hardware like in the inspiration picture. Although I didn’t get the exact look I wanted, I managed to achieve a similar aesthetic with just $22. For the top black pieces, I purchased aluminum pieces from home depot and spray painted them black.
I think the black spray painted aluminum gives the look of a sliding door, don’t you?
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My DIY barn door project with my dad is a memory I will cherish forever. Not only did I get to hang out with him, but I built something that I’m proud of. My Gram would have loved the doors, and if she were here today, I know she would have enjoyed seeing her blue willow china displayed on the bookcase with the new doors. It’s moments like these that remind me why the bond between family is so precious and special.
What started as a hobby, Jessica’s blog now has millions of people visit yearly and while many of the projects and posts look and sound perfect, life hasn’t always been easy. Read Jessica’s story and how overcoming death, divorce and dementia was one of her biggest life lessons to date.