Barn Door Hardware Transforms UGLY Hallway

2 Materials
$800
4 Weeks
Medium

My hallway was boring, ugly, dark, uninviting – you get the picture. Before we bought the house, the one wall across from the closet had a type of salt wash that made it very rough. I sanded it down and painted before we moved in, but never liked the hallway partly because it was dark and partly due to the bifold doors. Or should I say "bifold door."
barn door hardware transforms ugly hallway
The one was off and the other had a doggie door in it. I have no idea why other than I know they had lots of animals, so the animal "stuff" must have been in the closet.
barn door hardware transforms ugly hallway
My DH began tearing out the old doors and planned the new ones. We had bought the doors for a great price we wanted a while back and they sat in our garage waiting to be hung. I think they got moved around a dozen times over the past couple of years.
barn door hardware transforms ugly hallway
The Process
Step #1 Remove old trim around the closet and add new.
 
Step #2 Fill in nail holes and sand to get the trim ready to paint. To keep the sanding dust from going everywhere, we put up a barrier using tension poles by Zip Wall. I also use these to section off an area in our garage for a spray tent.
barn door hardware transforms ugly hallway
barn door hardware transforms ugly hallway
Step #3 Measure and plan out the new barn door hardware. We had to figure out how we would have the doors slide out of the way, giving maximum access to the inside of the closet. We had little wiggle room since the closet is on a fairly short wall.
barn door hardware transforms ugly hallway
Step #4 Attach the hook strap to the doors. The doors we already had purchased weren't solid core doors as is prescribed in the company's directions, so DH drilled through the door and used longer bolts so he could add a nut on the inside to make them more secure.

Step Attach the flat rail. In this case we had to use two pieces, a 6ft. and 4ft. because of how wide our closet is.
 
Step Router a groove in the bottom of the doors to sit on the floor guides to keep the doors stable.
barn door hardware transforms ugly hallway
Step Typically, you'd attach the guides to the floor for the doors to slide on, but we have tile and haven't figured out what we'll do yet since we're considering replacing the tile. 


barn door hardware transforms ugly hallway
Step Paint the garage and front doors dark brown.
 
Step Hang the doors & add handles.
barn door hardware transforms ugly hallway
Step Paint the walls.
barn door hardware transforms ugly hallway
Step #12 Fill in the gaps between the wall and trim with silicone paintable chalk before painting. You can also fill in the joints. This give you a much cleaner, updated look.
 
Step #13 Paint the trim, and use a razor blade to scrape off any paint that wanders outside your trim.
barn door hardware transforms ugly hallway
barn door hardware transforms ugly hallway
barn door hardware transforms ugly hallway
Step Add new switch plates.

barn door hardware transforms ugly hallway
Step Decorate. Buy a new rug at Kohls and stencil on the wall using a (afflink) StudioR12 stencil from Amazon.

Custom Service Hardware supplied all of the hardware for our project. They were patient and helpful, and very good to work with. Thanks CSH!

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  • Barn Door Hardware  (Custom Service Hardware)
  • Wall Paint  (ACE)
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2 comments
  • Als33315341
    on Jul 19, 2018

    This project turned out great. Very pretty indeed.

  • Sherry
    on Jan 1, 2019

    AWESOME!!! I'm putting one in my small home to remove a door swinging in my tiny office. I'm excited for it to even look HALF as good as this one!!!! Thanks

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