Upcycled Barn Door- Monthly DIY Challenge

Hello Friends!

Hope you’re all having a lovely week! We had a wonderful Mothers Day weekend! Those little handmade gifts and cards truly are the best…. I remember my mom always saved whatever we made for her in school and now I do the same. I will always treasure them!

 Today is our Monthly DIY Challenge that a few of my wonderful blogging friends and I do each month. Most months we have a theme of some sort… like dollar store items, plumbing pieces, wood slices, etc. but this month we left it a bit more open. We decided to take something that would normally end up in the trash and make it something special or pretty for our home. Trash to Treasure!

I have been admiring barn doors on Pinterest  for sooo long and I’m so excited to show you ours! So happy how it turned out….

But first, let’s take a sneak peek at all of the projects for this month….

Upcycled Barn Door at www.joyinourhome.com

All the links will be posted at the very bottom so make sure you check them all out!

Upcycled Barn Door at www.joyinourhome.com

I think one of the most exciting things about this door is how little it cost to make, but only because we upcycled materials. It cost a whopping $5…. that is, until we bought the door handle for it, which cost more than the door itself! LOL! Let me show you how…

Upcycled Barn Door at www.joyinourhome.com

We started out with this door from the Restore. They had a bunch of older doors in different price ranges. This one was in excellent shape and was $5! We grabbed it and got started!

Upcycled Barn Door at www.joyinourhome.com

The wood we used for the door is actually deck railing boards. Last year we redid our deck and installed maintenance free rails. Of course, as DIYer’s we stored the deck boards behind the shed because you never know when you’ll need scrap wood for a project! They were stained cedar boards so my husband first removed all the nails and sanded them down till they were completely smooth. 

Upcycled Barn Door at www.joyinourhome.com

Next, he glued them onto the door…..

Upcycled Barn Door at www.joyinourhome.com

and then using a nail gun, he nailed them down to secure them!

Upcycled Barn Door at www.joyinourhome.com

I then gave the door a good wash to get rid of all the dust from sanding. (Are you noticing that I get the easy jobs on this projectt?? lol! Sure seems like my husband did the brunt of this project…. and he totally did!  I don’t know what I’d do without him! We make an awesome team!)

Before I get ahead of myself, as you can see in the above picture, my husband nailed a piece of the salvaged wood to the middle of the door. This is where the boards join so now the joins are hidden!

Upcycled Barn Door at www.joyinourhome.com

There are many different styles of barn doors with varying cross pieces. This is the style we liked best. Getting the angles just right was a big of a challenge. He then nailed them down.

Upcycled Barn Door at www.joyinourhome.com

Upcycled Barn Door at www.joyinourhome.com

For the stain, we used leftover from when we redid our hardwood floors last summer. The color is “special walnut” by Minwax.

Upcycled Barn Door at www.joyinourhome.com

Because the sliding door would catch on the trim, we added a piece of 1X6 pine where the track would be installed. We painted it the color of our walls and it blends right in.

Upcycled Barn Door at www.joyinourhome.com

We looked on Pinterest for different options for the hardware. If you’re handy with metal (or know someone who is), buying the supplies and making your own is an option. We decided not to go that route and ordered the kit that Home Depot sells. In the meantime, we had our friends who are ranchers, over for supper. We got talking about the barn door and he said he had a track and hangers at home in a barn! He had bought some farm stuff at an auction a while back and this was included and he had no use for it! We were so, so happy! These friends are the best… in more ways than one!

The track was a bit rusty and covered in cobwebs but nothing a little Rustoleum spray paint can’t fix!

Upcycled Barn Door- Monthly DIY Challenge at www.joyinourhome.com

 Upcycled Barn Door at www.joyinourhome.com

This doorway leads to our downstairs and we used to have a normal door hanging there. We didn’t like the door closed but when it was left halfway open it blocked off that hallway. It was the perfect spot to put a barn door!

Upcycled Barn Door at www.joyinourhome.com

Upcycled Barn Door at www.joyinourhome.com

Love the distressed look of the boards!

Upcycled Barn Door at www.joyinourhome.com

And just because its always fun to look back at the before pictures, heres what it looked like before. We have only had it installed for about a month but have gotten soo many compliments already! Its totally practical and looks perfect for this doorway!
Thanks so much for stopping by today… enjoy the rest of your week!

Hope you enjoy checking out the rest of the Trash to Treasure projects….




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    • Kendra says:

      Thanks Leigh Anne! Yes, absolutely love when that happens πŸ™‚ Some projects you just cruise along, while others not so much! Hope you’re having a great week!

  1. Erica says:

    Oh my gosh this is BRILLIANT! Can I get you and your hubby to come over and build barn doors all over my house?? I literally have no skills when it comes to powertools! This is such a beautiful addition to your home and it looks like it was just meant to be there. Fantastic job! πŸ™‚

    • Kendra says:

      Thank you, Erica! You have some mad skills yourself, girl! Wish we could work on a project together though! Hope you’re having a great week! xo

  2. Erin says:

    Holy guacamole! You floored me with this door being a DIY… then I started grinning when I realized it was a trash-to-treasure… and then I nearly shrieked when I read how much this all cost! WOW!! What a perfect spot for it too! Way to go, girl!

    • Kendra says:

      Thank you, Erin! Your enthusiasm makes me smile! I appreciate your sweet comments! Hope all goes well for you tomorrow and you have a great weekend! xo

  3. Breanna says:

    This is seriously so awesome! I don’t know if I’ll ever get sick of Barn Doors, they have so much character. And props to the hubs for doing all the hard work!

  4. Amy | Canary Street Crafts says:

    Gorgeous! It really looks fantastic and I love that it fixed the problem of a swinging door blocking the hall. You’ve gotten so many projects done in your house lately! You’re really inspiring me to light a fire under my behind and finish decorating mine!

    • Kendra says:

      Thanks, Amy! Glad you like it! I’ve been wanting one for so long! We might be accomplishing projects but you’re the queen of furniture makeovers… Wish I could hire you! Have a great day! xo

  5. Amanda Fettig says:

    OH. my gosh. Kendra, I LOVE THIS!!! You guys did such a great job!! I can’t believe that was a plain old door before. love how you added the wood pieces and the dark stain. It looks perfect where you have it! Pinned!!

  6. Richella Parham says:

    This is AWESOME! What a great place for a sliding door–y’all did a wonderful job in every way! I’m going to pin this, for sure.

    Thanks so much for joining Grace at Home!

    • Kendra says:

      Thank you! I agree, a barn door would be a great addition… especially if you could find some old barn wood πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Karen says:

    Are you serious??? This is AMAZING! Y’all are so talanted!
    I’m super jealous that I don’t have this in my house!
    Going to feature you on Monday for Something to Talk About and Pinning!
    Have a great holiday weekend!

    • Kendra says:

      Thanks so much, Tash! We were lucky to have a pile of old fence boards to use! I’ll have to check out your blog… did you post your doors? I’m sure they’re beautiful! Have a lovely week!

  8. Cat @ Pocketful of Posies says:

    Kenra –

    I can’t believe you made this door for $5! You totally scored with the free track and rollers! I want one of these doors in our house so badly! You did an amazing job! Thank you for linking up with Dream. Create. Inspire. Link!

    • Kendra says:

      Thanks SO much, Cat!! So glad you like it πŸ™‚ I hope you can make (or buy one) for your home as well! Hope you’ve had a great weekend!

  9. Gina Kleinworth says:

    It’s GORGEOUS – I think my biggest apprehension is having to deal with the remaining door frame. Otherwise I think I would have made one myself already. I just need to tackle that fear πŸ™‚ You have inspired me.

    • Kendra says:

      Thanks SO much, Gina! You know how to make a girl blush! We left the door frame and just painted it white and then added new trim. You can do it, girl!! xo

  10. Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh says:

    Your tutorial is something that I have been looking for, for a long time! The bathroom in our master isn’t very big at all. The door opens into the bathroom, and if your sitting on the toilet, guess what, the door can’t open all the way! And behind that door when it is opened is our tub, so it can’t even open all the way. (crazy 1969 house designer) Anyways, I told my husband I wanted a sliding barn door there and he said he had no idea how to start from scratch and that they were too expensive to go out and buy. So thank you! I am going to pin this so that I can show him.

  11. Laura says:

    This is just amazing- as in Amaaazing!
    I am inspired and impressed with how you did this-
    and the price! Oh my.

    Thank you for sharing this at TOHOT!
    I can’t wait to see what is next!

  12. Stacey says:

    Amazing! I love how you took the old door and made it into something new and fresh. It looks great in your spot and I can understand why this works better than the old door.

    Thanks for linking this with Thoughts of Home. We love having you. πŸ™‚

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