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Modern Barn Doors: Solution for Awkward Spaces

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When I mentioned to my friends we were replacing the doors in our master ensuite area with barn doors I got a lot of blank stares. These people have seen our bedroom and I'm sure they were wondering how barn doors fit in with our decor.
I guess when someone hears the term "barn door" they visualize either actual sliding doors on a barn large enough to accommodate tractors or farm animals or, if they are current on their design trends, they think of a rustic door in a farmhouse or loft apartment.
But obviously, what I should have described to them was a modern/transitional interpretation of a sliding door. Doors that provide practical and beautiful solutions to ill-planned or dated home design.
One of the things I've always disliked about our "new" home was the awkward french doors leading into the master closets and bathroom area. Not only did they create a lot of noise, the gap in the middle of the doors when closed, never felt very private.
And to make matters worse, just beyond this clumsy opening are our "his and hers" closets, each with doors that used to swing into the closet space. This arrangement greatly reduced the functionality of the available space. The only way to access the items behind the door was to go in and close the door behind you.
So we needed a solution to gain space and modernize the space. while being more more understated than a rustic bran door. We considered the whole DIY approach to sliding door hardware, but I was adamant that the mechanism be completely quiet.
Click over to my blog for several posts in the series for building the door, installing the hardware and more details.

To see more: http://www.paperdaisydesign.com/2015/02/modern-barn-doors-an-easy-solution-to-awkward-entries.html

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  • Susan Fowler
    Susan Fowler Dayton, OH
    on Aug 23, 2015

    LOVE IT!!!

  • Andrea S
    Andrea S Canada
    on Aug 23, 2015

    Yesss!

  • Rhoda S
    Rhoda S Porter, TX
    on Aug 23, 2015

    Love it. Looks like a out of pocket Pocket door!

    • Paper Daisy Design
      Paper Daisy Design Birmingham, AL
      on Aug 27, 2015

      @Rhoda S Exactly! That's what we needed a pocket door, but that is a huge undertaking!

  • Moxie
    Moxie Brooklyn, IN
    on Aug 23, 2015

    Thanks for sharing!! I ordered my hardware yesterday and I can't wait!!! what kind of door hardware did you use on the inside?

    • Paper Daisy Design
      Paper Daisy Design Birmingham, AL
      on Aug 27, 2015

      @Moxie The hardware comes with finger slides. I added the large handle to the main door. If you follow the posts in the series I explain how I added both.

  • Paper Daisy Design
    Paper Daisy Design Birmingham, AL
    on Aug 23, 2015

    Fantastic! It totally transforms the way we use the space. Enjoy!

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