Living in a remodeled farmhouse we have lots of little nooks and crannies that I’m always trying to make function better. So building a sliding barn door was the perfect solution for a recent small space dilemma. We had originally planned to just leave the opening as a framed doorway but after looking at this mess for about 5 minutes I knew that wasn’t going to work.
Enter Prince Charming, who can always tell by the look on my face when things just aren’t going to work.
Actually I know he was seceretly thinking the same thing cause after he looked at it for a few minutes he said “how about I build one of those barn doors you like and hang it up here”. Prince Charming has this amazing ability to engineer things in no time flat.
It hasn’t always been this way but over the years, living on a tight budget, he learned how to do things for our family out of necessity and has discovered he has some mad skills and grown to enjoy the process. Now I realize not every husband is handy with power tools and I’m grateful that mine is but I also want everyone to understand that Prince Charming didn’t just pick up a circular saw and go to town building things all over the house. We measured our door opening and then cut the boards to fit with a few inch over hang on either side. For the track we used a piece of tongue and groove lumber that we had left over from another project.
Once the door was installed we rolled it back and forth several times to make sure everything was going to work properly. Lastly we painted the pulleys and the wooden track with gloss black spray paint and stained the door with General Finishes Java Gel stain (which by the way is my absolute favorite color!)