Sunday, May 27, 2012

Turn a Plain Door into a Barn Door

Here's a quick project that has a lot of impact.  The idea came to me while I was trying to figure out a design for the dutch door I want to install in the dining room.  I kept walking back and forth to my shop to get supplies and it clicked.  I could make the boring shop door look like a barn door.  We have talked about replacing it eventually but I thought I'd spiff it up a bit in the mean time.  As usual I am easily distracted....

The door is solid wood.  All I needed for this project was three eight foot 1 x 6's.  I purchased mixed white wood boards from Home Depot.  They are lighter weight and less expensive then pine or cedar.   They were $4.12 a piece.

With the door closed I measured the distance across and cut three boards.  I subtracted 1/8" so the board would clear the door frame on the right side.  The middle one fit nicely between the door knob and the deadbolt.  I attached the boards with my nail gun.  Then I laid the cross boards across the door and marked the angles to cut with my chop saw. 

When the door is open this is what it looks like.  There is a gap that allows for the door casing.  That's why you need to attach while the door is shut.

I chose to lay out the angle pieces in this design so they wouldn't land where the door knob is.  That way I wouldn't have to cut out holes.  I painted the door blue like the garage door to tie in with the blue roof on the cabin. I decided to paint the trim the same color so it would blend in with the door.

That's it easy peasy and it makes me happy every time I walk in my shop.  It's the little things.

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