In this post you’ll learn how to make an elegant barn door diy that is perfect for a bathroom or bedroom. With a mirror and beautiful gold hardware it takes the word “barn door” up to new heights in décor!
This is a paid post in behalf of Spectrum Brands but the opinions expressed here are my own.
We designed the large master bedroom suite as an addition to our home years ago. After having a dedicated dressing area in our starter home, I knew that I wanted one in this home as well. It’s where I sit and put on my makeup. The drawers hold not only all of my makeup but jewelry as well. Plus I will sometimes grab a cup of coffee and my laptop and work here because it’s quiet! BUT, here’s the before our elegant barn door diy project began…
Walking in from the ensuite master bedroom, this is the view above. It’s a long hallway with his and hers walk-in closets on the left. On the right is the master bathroom that we recently remodeled (see it HERE). There is one window, but the room is still rather dark since it’s on the north side of the house. The floors were redone about 10 years ago with bamboo click-lock flooring that we still love!
The ball was definitely dropped in putting doors on the closets when the room was built. My husband and I just couldn’t agree on doors! Oh…by the way, see my recent pergola project with Spectrum Brands/National Hardware in THIS POST!
Elegant Barn Door Diy Reveal
Don’t you love it?!! I sure do and the best part is being able to close the doors to hide closet messes! It’s simply part of every day life that closets hold a lot of stuff, so why not hide it away with a barn door. I’m so proud that WE BUILT THESE from a couple of plain prefab panel doors! We used the BEST BARN DOOR KIT that we’ve seen! Don’t forget, we have owned a home remodeling business for several decades and have seen OODLES of barn doors. This is the kit that we used from National Hardware – DESIGNER INTERIOR BARN DOOR KIT.
Tips On The National Hardware Barn Door Kits
- You have a choice of a variety of styles, finishes and sizes. I chose the brushed gold for a modern look and it’s GORGEOUS! See more of the kits here – Barn Door Kits
- We found the quality of these barn door hanging kits to be excellent.
- The instruction manual is extremely well written and easy to follow. That’s HUGE, especially for those of you who never have hung a barn door before!
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How To Make This Elegant Barn Door – Diy
Measure your openings or the area that you want your barn door to cover.
Now that you have an idea of the size door you will need you can determine what type of door you’ll want. There are plenty of ready-made barn doors that you can find on-line or at your local big box hardware store. There are also plenty of tutorials for building barn doors for every sort of look and aesthetic. I haven’t seen one like our elegant barn door diy before, but I had this idea and it worked! We purchased a pair of pre-primed single panel doors from a supplier that we use in our construction business. Normally you’d use these as an interior door to a room and they are readily available. The primed coat was great and we didn’t feel the need to paint the doors.
We purchased two inexpensive ($8 each) 13″ x 49″ framed door mirrors in white. Using small tack nails we attached one mirror to each door panel, a little more than half way up the door. We decided to add the hangers to the doors next, before adding the decorative moulding. Isn’t this brushed gold finish amazing!! You can find all of the instructions detailed HERE on the kit that we used from National Hardware.
Installing The Hangers
National Hardware thought of everything with this kit! There is a template enclosed for marking where the holes should be on your door. You simply mark for the holes and drill holes where marked. Then install the supplied fasteners.
Customizing The Doors With Overlays
Once the hangers were installed we began to add the trim. We worked with MyOverlays for the product and couldn’t be happier! They made our order quickly and with the diamond shape it would have been impossible to do otherwise! The overlays were large and each came in two pieces. We measured and then cut them to size which was very easy to do. Then we used some clear silicone caulk to glue each in place and let dry for about an hour before hanging.
Adding The Door Pulls
Next we added the beautiful 12″ MADISON PULLS that we were supplied with in brushed gold. They really add that modern touch and coordinate beautifully with the National Hardware tracks! There are other styles as well that you’ll find HERE. We measured and determined where to place the handles correctly on the doors and marked them.
Then we drilled through the door for the hardware that attaches the pulls through the back. Now the barn doors are ready for installation!
Installing The Elegant Barn Doors DIY
*NOTE* – For safety, it is ALWAYS recommended that you add a header track (wood piece) first for weight stability of the door!
We measured for where the barn doors should be installed and added the wood header track.
IMPORTANT! Make sure that your header track is level before installing the barn door track.
Pre-drill the header for the supplied hardware to attach the rail to the wall.
Attach the rail to the wall with a socket wrench.
Our elegant barn door diy is almost finished! Here we have hung the doors and are adding stops to the ends. There is also additional hardware in the kit to add stops, soft closures etc. Some beauty shots below…because well, they are beautiful!!
Now I can sit here and close the door and not have to look at the black hole of my closet, haha!
The left door in position over my husband’s closet.
The master bathroom behind is reflected in the elegant barn door diy mirrors. Although I lost the use of the French dressing mirror that we had to remove, these work fine for checking my outfit of the day! The French mirror will probably go somewhere in our bedroom (no worries). I’m so happy with the look of these mirrored barn doors and they make this room look so much larger!