DIY Oversized Door Handle

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2 Hours

I recently just made some huge barn doors for our master bedroom closets. I searched forever trying to find the perfect handle. The doors are 83” so a small handle would have looked silly. In the end I ended up doing DIY handles.

At the hardware store, I found these pipe connector fittings. I thought these would be perfect for the handles. I envisioned a stained dowel and black connectors.

Going with a pine dowel, it made it easy to stain and get the color I wanted.

For the stain I used a layer of Early American and a light layer of Weathered Oak.

I marked the dowel where the connectors would go.

The pipe connector was 3/4” and so was the dowel but it was a little loose. To avoid it slipping while installing, we added some tape to the dowel.

The tape added some grip and would make it easier to drill through when connecting to the door.

Placing it on the door gave an idea of where it should sit.

In order to connect it to the barn door, we screwed through the back of the closet door.

In the end, the look is exactly what I was going for. Now handle possibilities are endless!

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3 questions
  • Cindy Clista
    on Jul 25, 2020

    If the pipe connectors are hollow what are they being screwed into to hold onto doors?

    • Ash | Dash Lifestyles
      on Jul 25, 2020

      The pipe connectors slid onto the wood and held pretty good with the tape. Then when we screwed through the door into the dowel, the connectors can’t move :)

  • Judi
    on Aug 3, 2020

    I have same question as Cindy - below ...If the pipe connectors are hollow what are they being screwed into to hold onto doors?

  • Lovesunique
    8 days ago

    How about editing your post to add the length of the screw you used?

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  • Doreen Kennedy
    on Aug 3, 2020

    Great idea. We still don’t have a handle on our bathroom barn door. Our’s would look great with a dowel painted like stainless steel. Your’s looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing your idea.

  • Jacquienina
    on Aug 12, 2020

    I am def doing this. What length did you decide on for the dowels, out of curiosity? I plan to keep the copper, cuz I really like that look.

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