Salvaged Door Turned Sliding Barn Door

8 Materials
$40
3 Hours
Easy

This was such a cool find, y’all! Hunting through the treasures at Restore the other day, Sam and I discovered the coolest door. This is legitimately the case of “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Apparently, the old donut store in Templeton, CA decided to get rid of their old storefront door. Years of patina and paint color changes may have made it less than desirable for their first
salvaged door turned sliding barn door, doors, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling


salvaged door turned sliding barn door, doors, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling

In order for the hardware to support the weight of the door, it needs to be screwed into studs. The bummer is that the predrilled holes in the hardware almost NEVER lines up with the studs in your doorway. The easy solution is to simply attach a wood anchor to your studs and then attach the hardware to the wood. Complicated? No. Secure? You betcha! So, here is how it’s done:
salvaged door turned sliding barn door, doors, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling

My first step was to rip off the old molding around the doorway, so that I could create a frame that would allow the sliding door to lay more flush with door jam. I used a crowbar and a hammer to pry it off. Next, I measured my opening and cut two of my 8′ boards to fit the height of the doorway. You can attach these to the wall with nails, wood screws or a pressurized staple gun, your choice!

Now for the part that really matters. I used a table saw to cut my third board in half width-wise (you can leave it thick if you want, or buy a thinner piece…honestly, I just happened to have three 1″ X 8″ boards laying around, so I made it work visually by cutting it down to a 4″ width). Here you can use a stud finder, or just give the wall a knock with your knuckles to find the studs. Then, using a level to keep things straight, line up your board and screw it into the the studs.
salvaged door turned sliding barn door, doors, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling

Finally, grab your hardware and secure it to the wood. Make sure you use a level to keep things from going wonky and lopsided!
salvaged door turned sliding barn door, doors, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling

I purposely chose this style of hardware because I think it is always visually exciting to mix up opposites! The sleek, modern steel looks so cool with the rustic patina of the old door. I LOVE it!
salvaged door turned sliding barn door, doors, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling


salvaged door turned sliding barn door, doors, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling

Make sure to follow the instructions that come with your hardware. The instructions will let you know exactly where to drill your door for attaching the hanging hardware.
salvaged door turned sliding barn door, doors, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling

Pretty, pretty! In love with our door makeover!
salvaged door turned sliding barn door, doors, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling

Never have I been so excited to see someone throw out an old door! Thank you Templeton donut shop for making me such a happy camper. The second life for this door is just beautiful!

One happy junker!

xoxo

Chanda

Suggested materials:

  • 2- 6′ long 1″ X 8″ boards of pine
  • Wood screws
  • 1 sliding door kit (mine was from Home Depot)
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Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Carrie Lovett
    on Jan 12, 2017

    How much was the kit?

    • Zest it Up
      on Jan 31, 2017

      We found our kit at Home Depot but you can find the kits online at Amazon or even at a local hardware store!

  • Chuckee Notelling
    on Jan 13, 2017

    I love the look, good job! Does the door "flap" as you move it and mar the wall? Or are there guides at the bottom to prevent that? And if so, do the guides wear on the door?

    • Tracy Chamberlin
      on Jan 26, 2017

      If you go to Tractor Supply they have the materials often used in barns. Cost is about 1/3 and they have floor guides to prevent flapping.

  • Lovesunique
    on Jul 23, 2017

    I want to make my existing bathroom door that has a glass panel into a slider but I don't want to lose my matching trim around the door. Do I have to make a frame around the door and then hang it?

    • Zest it Up
      on Jul 24, 2017

      Hi there! You don't have to take the trim off around the door! We did because our frame was old and didn't allow the door to lay flesh against the wall. If you leave the frame around the door, keep in mind that the sliding door won't be flat against the wall unless the sliding door kit allows for that.

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