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
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).
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!
Brad Nailer or Pin Nailer
Forstner Bit (Check Sliding Barn Door Hardware For Size)
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
2. Begin cutting a few of your decorative boards at 45 degrees with your miter saw.
3. Make a rough outline of your boards and mark where they need to be trimmed.
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).
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.
6. Continue installing until your first design is done.
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.
8. After adding all of your pieces, use a circular saw to trim the offcuts and create a flush door.
9. Once the door is flush, cut your 1 x 2 pieces into trim pieces that will fit around the door.
10. Add your trim to the door with DAP Weldwood Carpenter’s Glue, DAP Rapid Fuse, and nails.
11. Next, use DAP Plastic Wood-X Wood Putty to seal or fix any holes or gaps on your door.
12. Once dry, sand your door smooth.
13. After sanding, add your favorite stain or sealer to your door.
14. After the door has dried, follow the directions in your hardware kit to install the brackets on your new barn door.
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)!
16. After hanging your barn door, you can add optional hardware such as locking mechanisms, stoppers, and floor guides.
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).