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.
DIY Oversized Door Handle
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.
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!