DIY Barn Door Closet Doors
I am so excited about these doors I can’t believe it.
First, I am going to admit that my closet doors are ancient and the wood on them isn’t that great because it was so dried out and brittle. I should have started over from using a new chunk of wood for my base but what’s done is done and they still look great.
Here are my closet doors before I started. They weren’t necessarily ugly but they were just so boring and my house is covered in this natural wood color that has a veneer over the top and it’s just not my style.
Here is a step by step tutorial of how I put these together.
First I took my doors off and sanded them to rough up the veneer so when I primed them the paint would stick.
I used hobby wood from your local hardware store. I used 1/4″ x 3″ to trim out the outside and middle piece of my doors and the middle X is a 1/4″ x 2″.
Next, I laid out my hobby boards on the top of my doors exactly and measured my cuts. Using my chop saw I cut all my pieces out as needed.
Now that I have everything laid out and cut it’s time to glue and nail everything into place.
I used 18 gauge x 5/8″ brads in my brad nailer. I officially love using this brad nailer. It’s so much fun using power tools 🙂
Once I got all the outside trimmed up I made the cuts for the inside of my doors to really give it the barn door look. There are so many barn door styles you can do. I didn’t realize the choices but after laying things out this is the style I chose.
Now that I had them all glued and nailed I needed to fill all my nail holes and seems with wood filler. Just use a metal troul to fill it in and smooth it out. After it had dried I gave everything I good light sanding. My seems I had to go back through again and fill one last time and don’t forget to sand it so it’s smooth.
Now it was time to prime everything. I used a construction primer that I had laying around but next time I am going to use a bonding primer for the door only because of the veneer on my existing doors. It sticks better!
I put 2 more coats of satin white paint on next and TADA!
Here is my finished masterpiece. I absolutely love them and I want to do this all over my house. My laundry room cabinets will be a version of this next.
I did have to put in a second rail next to my existing rail because I was off by 1/16″ of using only 1 rail to hang my doors.
You don’t even notice any gaps or the second rail however unless you look for it.
I do want to put a coat of semi gloss white over the top for a final coat because it will clean up better in the entry way. Just imagine some case moulding to trim the closet out and it will be amazing.
I can’t put the case moulding on yet because I am tiling my entry way and that has to be done first. Too many projects!
I hope you all enjoyed my little tutorial.
Here is a list of my tools that I used in case you need something.
My sander died as I was almost done so I got to order this awesome new one.