If you want to buy a custom barn door get ready to pay big bucks for the look you want. When my parents remodeled their bedroom/bathroom they decided to have barn doors installed. Rather than spend the money, my mom and I decided to tackle this project ourselves, and see if we could create a similar barn door, without the costly price tag.
Step 1: Find hardware to hang the door. I am a DIY-er but I also know my limitations, and designing hardware for this door was not going to happen. Quick search on Amazon and we found the hardware, bar and rollers to hang the door. It wasn’t the cheapest thing, but it was exactly what we needed. At $140, we needed to find our savings somewhere else.
Step 2: Trip to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. If you have one of these stores in your area it is a DIY-ers dream come true!
Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers. They sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price.
ReStores are independently owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity organizations. Proceeds are used to help build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter in local communities and around the world.
You get your DIY fix and are helping your community- that’s what I call Win-Win! At the ReStore, we found an old door with 12 glass panels. Perfect for our project. The door was $5, they happened to be having a sale that day or window and doors! What luck!!
Step 3: Prep the door, this door took some significant sanding and scraping to get a clean smooth surface. We painted it with a Black wood paint that was being used for the rest of the cabinets in the bathroom. Luckily there was some extra after the cabinets were painted so free paint. Still under budget.
Make sure to let the paint dry completely, turn the door over and make sure to put at least two coats.
This process took us days, mostly because we worked on projects after work and didn’t want to risk moving the door before everything was dry.
Step 4: After the paint is try, we covered all the newly painted areas in painters tape and newspaper. Since this door was going to be used to separate the master bedroom and the master bathroom, we wanted to create some privacy. We painted the glass in a frosted paint, this gave the doors that smooth frosted privacy glass. I cannot express this enough- make sure your door is clean, your working surface is clean and you have tested the process on another piece of glass.
Frosted glass is not difficult to use or expensive (costs about $7 a can) but you only get once chance to get this right.
We put one coat of frosted paint over all 12 window panels.
Step 5: Last step, install the doors. Following the hardware instructions we hung the bar and attached the roller wheels to the door. What we ended up with is an awesome barn door, at a fraction of the cost!
The door, costs a total of $12 to create. With the bought hardware we are at $152, much better than the original estimate of over $500!