How can I use three very ugly barn doors?


I have no idea what to do with them.

  16 answers
  • People often hang them and use them as doors in their home. As for the ugly part....strip off the old finish? sand and restain, or paint them.

  • on Nov 12, 2021

    I'm so curious, Sandra - if you find them so ugly why do you want to use them?

  • Janice Janice on Nov 12, 2021

    Depending on the size, you could possibly use them outside as a trellis type addition to your lawn for vines. Dig and set posts at the appropriate areas, add horizontal supports and attach the barn doors. If you want to improve the appearance of the doors, sand them with an orbital sander and then stain or paint to make them look as you want.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Nov 12, 2021

    Hi Sandra, if I may ask why do you think they're ugly?

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Nov 12, 2021

    Have you thought about selling them if they are not your style?

    Many people love them.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Nov 12, 2021

    I didn't see photos of the doors but you could paint them, distress them, use them for closets or bathroom doors- sell them barn doors are popular right now- stain them, use them as wall decor

  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 12, 2021

    If you intended to post pictures they didn't come thur. What is wrong with the doors are they damaged?

  • Tuula - Color Me Thrifty Tuula - Color Me Thrifty on Nov 12, 2021

    I would incorporate them into my garden space somewhere.

  • Betsy Betsy on Nov 12, 2021

    Hi Sandra: Nothing is really ugly, just unusual :) Remember the Ugly Duckling? It just takes time and ideas to make them come to life :) You can use them as a backdrop for some climbing flowers, attach shelves to them and make a holder for smaller pots of herbs. You can attach them in a way to make a 3 sided shelter, put a top on it and you can store your tools in it for the summer.

    Good luck

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Nov 13, 2021

    Hello. They might make a remarkable large art background framing piece on a wall that you could further layer other decorative elements on.

    If they don’t suit your Decour aesthetic perhaps you can consider selling them.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Nov 13, 2021

    Just because you find yourself the owner of barn doors that you feel are unattractive, in other words, invaluable to you, do not feel that because barn doors seem to be trendy at this point in time, that you have to spend money and energy trying to make use of them. The 'barn door look' is not appealing or attractive to everyone.

    I agree with the other Hometalkers who have already suggested that you try to sell the doors on to a better home; then take the money earned from the sale, and purchase something else more to your liking for your home.

  • Hi Sandra, you can refinish them and make them more attractive if it's the finish that bothers you. Or you can leave them and use them in the garden, where a vine could grow up over them. You can replace your closet doors with them, prop them up as wall decor, screw them together to make a room dividing screen.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Nov 14, 2021

    Use the timber to make large out door Planters or Trellis for Climbing plants.

  • Maura White Maura White on Nov 16, 2021

    Do you have a picture of them? You could stain them gray and sell them?

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Nov 17, 2021

    I would paint them and hang wreaths on them for the holidays, maybe add some lights!

  • Annie Annie on Nov 30, 2021

    I would love to see photos of the barn doors! You could turn one into a table? Or if you don't want them, sell them. Someone local might want them to use as sliding barn doors in their house!