DIY Barn Door
4 pieces of 2×8 board
3 pieces of 3/4 inch x 4 inch pine
2 inch nails
spray paint, or interior paint
stain (Minwax Dark Walnut)
1. Cut (or have the hardware store cut them for you) your 2×8 boards into the desired length. My red door is 5 feet, and the cream one is 3 feet.
2. Lay them out on a smooth, flat surface–one that you can use a nail gun or hammer on.
3. You will be using the 3/4 inch x 4 inch wood as your braces. You need two pieces, on for each side. Cut them to match the height of the barn door. To keep the pieces evenly separated, insert spacers (we used pieces of cardboard) between each board. Measure in on each side how far you want the braces to be, and then using a nail gun (a hammer & nails will work, too!) and 2 inch nails, nail your braces to the 2x8s..
4. The last piece of wood is the cross beam, made from the 3/4 inch x 4 inch wood. We used a miter saw, but you could also use a circular saw, or even a hand saw. Angle each end to fit against the wooden side braces, cut it, and nail it on. You can add another piece here, going the other direction, to form an “x”, if desired. The key is to measure, measure, then measure again.
6. A power sander is definitely a must for this sanding job, if you want it to be distressed. I used a coarse grit, and went to town! I took off a lot of the paint–hoping to make it look weathered.
7. After you’ve finished sanding, brush off all the dust, and wipe down the entire door. I applied the stain to the cream door to make it even more distressed.
Now you have an adorable barn door!
For pictures of these barn doors in my home, click HERE!!