Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Barn Door Research

We spent all summer looking for old salvaged door that we could turn into a barn door. I survived a rat sighting, a moth attack, walking into the world's biggest spider web (and instantly becoming a karate master) and a very pushy salesmen who thought he could push me into buying a door that was too small (seriously . . . I can't negotiate my door size).

Here's the door we want to replace. It's a great door but we can't close with out moving the dining room chairs out of the way first, and because it separates the laundry room from the main living area it's really important that it closes.
Lee's decided that because we've had NO luck finding a door . . . he would make one! As well as make the hardware for it too In case you were wondering HOW, Lee can weld and is very skilled at metal work. I've said it before, but I'll say it again, he's a keeper :)

Here's some of our barn door inspiration:

Source: House Beautiful


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Here's the one we're thinking we'll base the design around it, but I'm thinking in Green, Martha Stewart's Beach Grass Green :)
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Today we're headed out to The Po (That's what we call The Home Depot, I have no idea why??) to gather supplies, and I've baked a Pie for our neighbor, a thank you for borrowing his table saw, so we're about half way there ;)

25 comments:

  1. I love barn doors. I can't wait to see what your door looks like when you are done. I have a question about your chair covers. How do you keep them in place when you sit? I have covers on my chairs and after we sit in them, I have to pushe the fabric back in the crease at the back of the chair. They don't seem to want to stay in place.

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  2. I love this idea. I have been begging my husband to make me one as well. I can't wait to see how yours turns out! I love the second inspiration picture with the window. Beautiful!

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  3. I have read so much about barn doors recently that I want one, too. Yesterday I was in our DIY store, but they did not have the hardware that youneed, and MY husband cannot make it. (Lucky you!) But I found out the name of a company that produces the hardware and will find out where to get it. Our house is brandnew, but we had it build to look like an older farmhouse so a barn door is a perfect addition... Can't wait to see how you build the door, I have been looking for used old doors as well, but none would have the correct size...
    So I also thought about making one by myself.
    Bye,
    Jule

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  4. Do you have an ace hardware in canada? We found our hardware cheapest there and it shipped free right to the store. I think total was about 125 but we needed a 12 foot rail since we have two doors. The shorter rails are cheaper. We thought about having some welded but this ended up much cheaper. Then I sprayed them oil rubbed bronze so that they weren't super shiny. I just posted a sneak peek at mine on my blog. Www.mrssouthernbelle.blogspot.com can't wait to see yours!!

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  5. I like the look of barn doors. It's a shame that the builders didn't realize that the door couldn't be open and shut when dining room furniture was in place. Then they could have done a pocket door for that doorway.

    Lori S.

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  6. I love barn doors, love them, love them, love them. I found an awesome one on ebay once but didn't end up buying it ...I should have.

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  7. BTW. . .forgot to mention that I really like the middle picture. The white barn door. Looks clean and attractive. Can't wait to see what you do with the door.

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  8. Oh my, how I love barn doors. I can't wait to see how it comes together.

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  9. My Husband made a barn door and hardware for our laundry room as well. I didn't do a post about it - it was pre-blog life, but you can see it on Flickr.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/15301603@N00/3438788910/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/15301603@N00/3438789520/
    Our door was free, found in a dumpster, and I painted all the hardware black after taking the photos.
    Here's the Laundry room.
    http://gettinby.wordpress.com/2011/07/05/laundry-room-make-over/

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  10. Your trials and tribulations of door shopping had me laughing this morning.

    I've noticed the barn doors popping up on your Pinterest site. So cool. You are indeed one lucky girl to have such a handy man! I think the green would be absolutely gorg and go so well with the rest of the house - can't wait to see it!!

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  11. What a brave girl...I hate spiders! and rats, and moths...well, you get the point.
    Can't wait to see what you come up with. I'd love to replace our doors between our kitchen and dining room with a barn door!!

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  12. Oooh can't wait to see! This is gonna look amazing!!! You + Lee are genius! Wooty Woot!

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  13. I can't wait to see how it come out!!!

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  14. Can't wait to see it! The doorway to my laundry/utility room is extremely narrow - less than 2 feet. I can't put in a regular door because there's no room for it to open. The previous owners had a hideous accordion door. I replaced it with a curtain but would like something a little more solid. I think this is the perfect solution. My hubby will be thrilled! ;-)

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  15. I am sure that your barn door will be fantastic, like everything else. Your home is lovely. The door with the windows at the top is nice if you have light that comes though from your laundry room. Will you be having a dash of colour on your new barn door?

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  16. Hi,it's Carolyn in New Hampshire.We have barn doors in every room of our cottage.They are going to look amazing in your home!(I love the one with the window in it).If you go onto my facebook page, you can see how we did ours in my home album.We used the hardware from a barn store and I love them, except for the fact that the cats know how to open them,LOL

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  17. Love it! I can't wait to see it all finished! I just love your house!!

    --Jillian

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  18. I just have to say that I found your incredible blog through Pinterest and I love it.

    Thank you for all the inspiration! Your style is lovely, real and bring!

    Huge fan of the bar door and so excited to see what the end results are :)

    -Katie
    www.creolewisdom.com

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  19. i can't wait to see how it turns out!

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  20. I am right in the middle of a barn door transformation for my bathroom. I am itching to get moving to finish it up.

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  21. Thank you for all the barn door LOVE!!!

    Anonymous- Our slipcovers have a strip of velcro on the back and that sticks to the back of the chair, sometimes it will come loose but we just re attach it!!!
    I hope that helped a bit :)
    Lots of Love
    Ashli

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  22. What a great space saving idea! I love the hardware at the top too. I can't wait to see the finished product.

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  23. Personally, I think you should install some swinging, saloon doors but to each his own. rofl
    I'm totally kidding. The barn door is going to look amazing. Can't wait to see it.

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  24. Wow, that's so cool that you have a place for a barn door and someone who can make it! Can't wait to see how it turns out!

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