Home Improvement Woodworking

DIY Modern Sliding Barn Door

diy sliding barn door

One of my favorite journeys has been helping my parents renovate their new home, and being that my other half and I just moved in to save money for our own home (I talk about that journey here), I wanted to thank them in a special way. So, I decided to team up with my incredible friends at DAP Products to create a custom, DIY modern sliding barn door for their main bathroom.

How To Build A DIY Modern Sliding Barn Door

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Believe it or not, I actually created this custom, DIY modern sliding barn door by beautifying a boring, solid-core door. Even better, this project only took me one weekend to finish (well, really one solid Saturday and a few hours on a Sunday).

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The only downside to my particular door, was that it cost about $350 to create because I splurged on materials. However, I found comparable materials and am also sharing a budget-friendly materials list as well! Here’s how I did it!

What You’ll Need:
what you need to build a sliding barn door

Tools
DAP Weldwood Carpenter’s Glue
DAP Rapid Fuse
DAP Plastic Wood-X Wood Putty

Miter Saw
Brad Nailer or Pin Nailer
Circular Saw
Drill
Sander/Sandpaper
Forstner Bit (Check Sliding Barn Door Hardware For Size)
Paintbrush
Brad or Pin Nails
Polyurethane + Stain


My Materials (Around $350)
¼” 1 x 4 Board (I used 20)
(1) Solid Core Door (Door was 2″ Taller & 4″ Wider than Opening)
(3) 1 x 2 x 6′ Pine Board
Modern Chrome Sliding Door Hardware

Budget Friendly Materials (Around $145)
(2) Sheet ¼” Plywood (Cut Into 4″ Wide Panels)
(1) ¾” Fiber Board
(3) 1 x 2 x 6′ Pine Board
Sliding Barn Door Hardware

The Steps:
1. Mark the center line on your door (both horizontally and vertically).
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2. Begin cutting a few of your decorative boards at 45 degrees with your miter saw.
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3. Make a rough outline of your boards and mark where they need to be trimmed.
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4. Trim the excess ends of your board (they don’t need to be trimmed perfectly – you will use a circular saw later to trim the entire door).
how to build a custom sliding barn door

5. Begin installing your planks on your door. To help make this a true one-weekend project, I used a combination of DAP Weldwood Carpenter’s Glue and DAP Rapid Fuse.
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how to make a custom sliding barn door

I also used pin nails to secure them as well.how to create a barn door

6. Continue installing until your first design is done.

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7. Once the first part of the design is complete, begin adding the second part of the design by first using the offcuts from the first half of the project.
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how to customize a door

8. After adding all of your pieces, use a circular saw to trim the offcuts and create a flush door.
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9. Once the door is flush, cut your 1 x 2 pieces into trim pieces that will fit around the door.
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10. Add your trim to the door with DAP Weldwood Carpenter’s Glue, DAP Rapid Fuse, and nails.
how to attach trim to door

11. Next, use DAP Plastic Wood-X Wood Putty to seal or fix any holes or gaps on your door.
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12. Once dry, sand your door smooth.
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13. After sanding, add your favorite stain or sealer to your door.
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14. After the door has dried, follow the directions in your hardware kit to install the brackets on your new barn door.
how to install sliding barn door hardware

15. Next, install your barn door in your space (we had to install a 1 x 4 header, since the barn door hardware didn’t match up with the studs)!
how to install sliding barn door

16. After hanging your barn door, you can add optional hardware such as locking mechanisms, stoppers, and floor guides.
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That’s it! Now you have a beautiful, custom DIY sliding barn door to stare at (and also roll back and fourth a million times).
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I really am so happy with the way this build turned (and my parents are stoked too)! It’s amazing what a giant piece of art work can do for a room!

Want to save this build for later? Make sure to Pin It!
How To Build A Modern Sliding Barn Door In One Weekend
In the meantime, please make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for something fun very soon! 
Until next time!
This project is sponsored by DAP Products. For my full disclosure policy, click here.

Sam Raimondi

Sam is a full time psychologist and part time content creator from Long Island, New York.

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