Our DIY barn doors are complete! Looking back on this project, we were on the front end of this popular trend. I spent a lot of time on Pinterest before I made the decision barn doors would look great in our basement. My next challenge was to convince my husband this was an amazing idea. Ironically, one the reasons we fell in love with this house was the basement was already finished. We didn’t have to spend any money towards the basement. The only problem with the finished basement were the white, French doors leading into the television room.
french doors vs. barn doors
The builder grade, hollow, French doors didn’t match my vision for an industrial look in the basement. This room is tucked away on the side and is the location for a large screen television for sporting events and movies.
The French doors, with glass panes, were covered with finger prints and dog DNA. I switched up my strategy with my husband and pointed out how solid wood barn doors would minimize television noise.
Translation: solid barn doors would reduce my nagging requests to “turn the sound down. ”
pricing barn doors |
Once first husband was on board we moved to the cost of barn doors. Solid pine doors were relatively inexpensive, but the hardware for the track and roller system was crazy expensive (relative to standard door hardware). Every track system I priced online started at $500.00. And this was the cost for one track for one door; which pushed the price north of $1100.00.
With the popularity of barn doors; the price of hardware has dropped.
I checked out our local home improvement store. At the time of this project our 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. A Lowe’s associate suggested I check with a Lowe’s located near horse property. Barn doors.. barns… stables. Good to know!
Here are the finished stained, knotty pine doors and track system.Here are my go to wood stains for most of my projects. The solid doors and track system came from Lowe’s. We attached a 1 x 6 x 10 piece of pine above the door frame to attach the hardware ( the sliding mechanisms).
The rectangular brackets hold the rollers that slide along the track. The brackets are attached to each door (see below) and then attached to the track. We needed four brackets for the two doors.
Here’s a close up of the brackets that are bolted into the door. The rollers attach to the bracket.
The final phase of this project was finding fun door handles. I found these bottle openers on a trip to Nashville with my sister. Originally, I purchased one thinking I would use it in the basement bar. But then I got the idea to use the bottle openers for handles on the barn doors. As soon as I installed the bottle opener I got the idea to use these for the hardware on the barn doors. I got the phone number of the shop from the sales receipt. The shop owner was more than happy to assist me when he heard how I was going to use the bottle openers for door handles.
barn door details|
2 32″ knotty pine solid interior doors ($148 each)
1 1 x 6×10 knotty pine board (to bolt track into)
2 1 x 3 x 8 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: