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There was a hole in my life.
A big, giant hole that I didn’t realize was there until we’d move into my new house.
A giant hole through which levels of sound I never knew I was missing out on were drumming through and beating a hole in my head.
I’m talking about a laundry room door.
This house has no freaking laundry room door and I’m going insane without one.
Well, I was.
Now, the noise level has decreased substantially and it’s all because of a DIY Barn Door from an Antique Door.
Why a DIY Barn Door was Right for Me
Frankly, my brain was being overtaken and totally destroyed by the loud and, frankly, constant churning of the washing machine and dryer in my ear.
Having always had a door on my laundry room before, I had no idea what kind of brain-melting, soul-crushing noise that could be.
This hole in my life had to be filled.
But how? The space was made for a standard door, but the previous owner had the door removed because it interfered with the use of the washer and dryer as well as the pantry door.
As I scrolled through the internet one afternoon, cup of 1850™ Black Gold in my cup, revving my brain with it’s evenly roasted beans that have this amazingly consistent coffee flavor with less bitterness…well, my brain was working.
My cup of 1850 Black Gold was inspired by the heritage of The Folger Coffee Company and evenly fire-roasted 100% Arabica coffee beans that are steel cut for a delicious bold but smooth taste.
And all that goodness just had me on my top game.
As I scrolled through Pinterest, there it was: a Barn Door.
It could swing in front of the door when the machines were running and slide out of the way when it wasn’t blocking the noise–leaving the area open for the other 300 doors (washer, dryer, pantry, mud-room entrance) plenty of room and no interference.
Thanks to 1850 Brand coffee’s four signature blends of ground and K-Cup coffee (which will also be available in 3 ready to drink flavors–woohoo!), I got to work.
What You Need to do Your DIY Barn Door from an Antique Door
- Several Cups of 1850 Black Gold Dark Roast Ground Coffee (be generous with your application of this because it’s a lot of tough work)
- An Antique Door (I found mine on a local Facebook Group–they’re all over the place there)
- Paint Stripper
- Scraper (we used a plastic one, but you could use a razor or anything)
- Gloves (super-thick neoprene to use with the paint stripper)
- Eye Protection
- Orbital Sander
- 40-100 Grit Sand Paper
- Barn Door Installation Hardware (I bought mine online–but you can get a set at any hardware store)
- 1×3 Board the Length of Your Barn Door Rail
How to do Your DIY Barn Door from an Antique Door
- Make a cup of 1850 Black Gold (with it’s rich taste and aroma, created by it’s fire roasted Arabica beans) and stand back, staring at the door for a moment before you begin–allow this initial application of 1850 Black Gold to fully soak-in before proceeding. To get this step started right, hit-up your nearest Albertson’s to get $1 off any one 1850 Brand coffee. You’re welcome.
- Put gloves and eye protection on. Safety first. Or second, after coffee.
- Remove hardware–you don’t need any on a barn door, as door handles and locks and hinges will interfere with the sliding action and tear up your wall, possibly.
- Following the directions of your paint stripper, strip as much of the paint off your antique door as you can. This many also require a liberal application of sand paper. Make sure the surface is smooth and as clean as possible before moving on to the next step.
- Once paint is removed, fill any holes with wood putty and tape off anything you don’t want painted.
- Paint your door the desired color.
- Allow to dry completely. I’ll spare you the picture of paint drying.
- While that’s drying, follow the directions from your Barn Door Hardware Set to install your railing. The most important part of this is draw your line very level and pre-drill your holes. While we were drilling, we found that 2 of the five holes would not hit wood. As a result, we affixed a piece of 1×3 to the wall to further provide a sturdy backing for our rail. Since this was not much wider than our rail, this ends up looking nice since the rail and wood look like they belong together. You could paint it the same color as the door as we did, or black, like the rail, which is what we might repaint ours to later to make it part of the hardware. Don’t forget to install your door stops on either end of the rail–we didn’t use ours because our opening is too narrow/the door frames of the cabinet on one side and the pantry door on the other will act as stops.
- Once the door is dry you can follow the directions from your Barn Door Hardware Set to install the door rollers. The key here is to have two wrenches tightening the bolts on either side so that the door doesn’t wobble on the bolt.
- Set the door on the rails. This is pretty straight forward and it doesn’t feel like the project can possibly be done, but it is.
- There’s a runner thing that goes under the door–but given our antique door was not made with a slot in it–and we were loathe to tear-up the antique joinery, we opted for not doing the runner. But this is an important step, so we’ll find an alternative, but if you’re installing a traditional barn door, there will be a channel for you to put this runner.
Alright! If you enjoyed this DIY Barn Door from an Antique Door tutorial, be sure to pin this so you have the reminder of how simple this project really is.