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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22 comments:

Katie Olthoff said...

That's adorable! It added so much character!

Gretchen said...

What a clever way to customize your door!

Full Circle Creations said...

Love it! I did the same thing a couple of years ago to my potting shed door.

Holly

gail wilson said...

Cute door Mimi! :)
I agree, it's the little things.

Jeanne said...

A blue door is a signal that there is a single woman of marriageable age living inside. I read that in Miss Willie by Janet Holt Giles.

Jackie Ross said...

Great idea! Perfect for a shop door!

Becca said...

Oh yeah! I pinned this baby! Such an easy project- but with huge impact!!
Thanks for posting!
xo Becca

Donna said...

Wonderful idea. The door looks great. I may do this on an interior door. Thanks.

sallie said...

I love this idea. Thanks for sharing it.

the cape on the corner said...

huh. what a great idea!

Missi Smith said...

It looks amazing ... makes me want to become distracted and gussy up some doors! I am visiting from Cowgirl Up btw!

Robin said...

What a simple fix with a big impact. You are so creative!

Cornerstone Confessions said...

Oh I like this a WHOLE lot. In fact, I'm now going to see if I can convince my hubby to help me turn our shed door into this. This is great! I'd love to have you link this up to Titus 2 Tuesday on Cornerstone Confessions.

Hopping over from Creatively Living.

Kathy

THE FARMHOUSE PORCH said...

What a wonderful and inexpensive idea for boring doors. I so love this!!! Sharing on my fb page.
♥Linsey

Pamela R said...

What a wonderful idea! This could even be cute used for bedroom doors!

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

Great idea...very cute and clever! Laurel

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

great! did you attached the wood to the door with nails, screws or liquid nails/glue?

Danielle said...

That is a great transformation. The wood gives the door so much more personality.

Katie Goldsworthy said...

Great idea!!! So many flat doors that need some of this love!

--Katie

The House at Bluebird Lane said...

What a terrific idea! Your door turned out great! My home is full of flat doors just begging for some love...thanks so much for the inspiration! :-)
Sharla

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

It really is the little things that have a huge impact! It makes me smile too! Nicely done!

Green Willow Pond said...

I love it. It has so much character now. Great job!

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