Patio Door on a Rail

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4 Weeks

We live in a townhouse. The grounds of our townhouse association are very beautiful and very well-maintained. When the weather is nice, there is a lot of traffic outside: people walking by, with dogs, with kids... to the shopping mall, from the shopping mall... employees from nearby business offices on lunch break... Right next to our patio and the room that I use as my office.

I did not want to use blinds or curtains on the patio door (I do not like either). Instead, I bought a a piece of wall décor, a large carved wood panel, at TJ Maxx. It had a small scratch and was on sale for $50.

I brought it home and placed the carved wood panel by the patio door. It looked good there as it matched the style and the colors of of my office space. But every time I needed to open the patio door, I had to move the carved panel. A bit of a nuisance!

How about turning this carved wood panel into a barn door?

I found several old shutters on Craigslist. There were two larger and two smaller ones. When I laid out the shutters and the carved panel on the floor of my garage, it was obvious that I would need to do some adjustments as the shutters and the carved wood panel were of different length.

I had to buy a couple of 2x6x8 boards at Home Depot, cut them to size, and use those boards to nail and hold the shutters and the carved wood panel together. I put one larger and one smaller shutter on either side of the carved wood panel.

I also bought several feet of decorative trim to hide the screws and nails at the top and at the bottom of the barn door.

And I covered the seam between the larger and smaller shutters on either side with decorative trim and added nice handles. I got the handles for free on Craigslist long time ago - somebody did a kitchen remodel and did not need the old cabinet pulls. Lucky me!

When the barn door was assembled, I gave it 3 coats of Home Decor Seafoam chalk paint sanding before applying each layer.

The barn door was supposed to slide on a rail. Made of the old shutters and the carved panel, it was quite heavy, and I wanted to make sure the rail is properly secured and attached to the wall to support the barn door weight.

I cut 2x6 x8 boards and attached them to the wall with 3-inch screws making sure to hit the studs. This would be a support beam for the barn door rail.

I drilled the holes for the lag bolts that would support the rail. After the support beam was painted the same color as the barn door, it was time to install the rail.

Here is my barn door that can slide on a rail.

I can pull the handle on either side to slide the barn door on a rail to the left or to the right.

Not only does this barn door provide privacy, but it is also a nice décor piece in my office.

All in all, I spent about 4 weeks on this project working on weekends.

The carved wood panel was $50 at TJ Maxx, the shutters were $30 on Craigslist, the barn door hardware was bought for $109 on Amazon, lumber boards $12 at Home Depot (I like to buy lumber at Home Depot because they will cut it for you), Home Decor Seafoam chalk paint $16, nails and screws about $8. The total was about $240.

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  • Betty White Betty White on Jun 20, 2021

    That door is beautiful!!

    You are very talented. Great idea.

  • Kristina Kristina on Jun 23, 2021

    Brilliant idea!! Wow! I would of never in a million years would come up with such an ridiculously amazing idea! Thank you for sharing!

  • Lisa West Lisa West on Jun 28, 2021

    What a gorgeous barn door, wow can we call it a barn door? Should we call it a barn door? So decorative. Amazing what you can think up in a whim when wanting some type of privacy with out something looking like a 5 year made it, the green shade is very pretty on it as well. It is such a relaxing an peaceful shade. Are you sure you work in the office and not nap with such an inviting calming comfy artistic item in there? Lol

    Any way thank you for sharing it super gorgeous. Love it!!!!!


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  • Edie Edie on Jul 07, 2021

    We've been considering buying a house that has 4 sets of sliding glass doors and multiple floor to ceiling windows plus 3 single glass doors across the back of the house. Even though there is a large private back yard and woods behind that and I love the view and all the sunlight, still I'm not too comfortable about the security issues or the current vertical blinds. So much glass was about to be the deal breaker for me, but now your BEAUTIFUL project has my head swimming with ideas to solve the dilemma.

    Now to convince husband it's not too much yard to take care of and the creek isn't likely to flood! 😉

    If all works out, both the seller and I will owe you a big thank you.

  • Elli Elli on Jul 08, 2021

    This house you describe is amazing! I am envious, I love floor to celling windows. I hope everything works out and you will have fun decorating your new home. Good luck!

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