Hi Everyone- I am so excited to share my DIY barn door project.  I researched this project for over a year before getting my {first} husband on board!  I envisioned these DIY barn doors in our basement; finished by the previous owners when they built the house. It was a nice basement, but the builder grade white doors didn’t go with the industrial look I was crushing on a few years ago!  I feel like we were on the forefront of this popular DIY project and let me add that never happens to us! Here are our french doors into our basement.This room is where we watch sports or the kids watch movies with friends. The glass panes are covered with fingerprints and dog DNA.  These white french doors did not go with my vision for our basement.
Pricing barn doors is tricky. The  solid pine doors can be relatively inexpensive, but the hardware for the track and roller system is crazy expensive (relative to standard door hardware).  Every track system I priced online was easily $500.00 and the additional hardware x2 doors pushed the price above $900.

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 I just couldn’t believe my only option was going to cost me $900+ dollars. So, I checked out our local improvement store.  At the time of this project our local Home Depot did  not have the track systems above the door.   I checked a feed supply store but their pricing was out of my budget.  My  last option was Lowes and they didn’t have them at that particular store, but an associate  suggested I try one in another city that is closer to horse property.   Here is  the new knotty pine trim and the track system.  The doors and track system came from Lowes.  We attached a 1x6x10 piece of pine above the door frame and used this to attach the hardware.
The rectangular brackets hold the rollers that slide along the track.This is only the beginning of this project.  The brackets are attached to each door and then hung onto the track.  So you need 4 brackets for 2 doors. For the stain I decided on Dark Walnut and lots of cotton rags.


The final phase of this project was finding door handles.  Check out what I found on a trip with my sister  to Nashville (she lives in Knoxville) a few weeks after this project that proved to be the perfect door handle. Can you tell what they are from this image?




Here are the details:
large;”>2  32″ knotty pine solid interior doors ($148 each)
1  1x6x10 knotty pine board (to bolt track into)
2 1x3x8 knotty pine boards (we had to pull the original door trim out and replace with knotty pine trim) and the barn door hardware track system from Lowes
Approximate total cost for the 2 door project:
Under $500.00 




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    These are gorgeous! I love the dark stain. I just did a barn door in our hallway going into the laundry room. It was really difficult to find the hardware that was not waaayyyyy expensive. But, I did it. And just like you, I love my barn door. You did a wonderful job!

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    Anonymous says

    This is a great idea. However, I’m sorry to be negative but I was so excited to find this tutorial and yet the most important information is not included: what exact hardware did was used? what was it called? which Lowe’s did you find it in? I did a search for this hardware on-line and it is extremely expensive so details on a cheaper version would be very relavant.

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    Amazing transformation! I love that you did your self and on a budget. It was time and money well spent. I wish I had a place in my house to add some barn doors.

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