Hello friends. I'm traveling today but I wanted to stop in and share a DIY project I did awhile back.
I'm finally getting around to organizing my pictures and even though I only have IPhone ones, I think the project is worth sharing because it's such an inexpensive way to add a trendy farmhouse door to your home.
Because our original door was damaged I bought a plain, inexpensive one from Home Depot and decided to transform it into something that would fit better with our beach cottage look. Although I didn't get a "before" photo of the door this one looks identical except for the placement of the doorknob. Ours was on the opposite side.
The reason I decided to change this door out was because it opened into our tiny laundry room, cutting into valuable space. By replacing it with a door on a slider, it makes the laundry room more functional until we can get around to tackling this entire space.
For this project I used basic pine 1x4s and planks leftover from my bedroom walls.
First off, I cut and added the pine on all four sides.
Looking at the door from this angle you can see the depth in the middle of the door that I created with these 1x4s.
After playing around with the faux planks
(strips cut from sheets of plywood)
inside this space, I figured out that my design would work.
My design required a middle piece.
Once the center piece was cut and nailed down it was time to add the planks.
I decided to add glue before nailing down my planks. But first I had to measure the space and decide how wide these planks should be, I decided on six.
Once the bottom planks were added I used wood filler for my nail holes and added a base coat of white primer.
Now came the tricky part (for me at least)
It was time to cut my angles for my "X" on the bottom.
Close enough. After the wood filler it was ready for more paint.
Front side done.
To finish the back side I turned it over and covered it with the planks minus the middle piece. Same process, using wood glue and nail gun.
Issues with adding thickness to door
I really wanted the "planked" look from inside the laundry room but I was getting worried about the thickness I was adding to the door. I had ordered barn door hardware from a different company and when it arrived not only were the measurements all in the metric system---but the pre-drilled holes didn't line up with our studs. It really added to our concern about the weight of this door.
All done and ready for paint.
The lighting wasn't great when I snapped this picture but if you look closely you can see the 2x4 over the doorway that Jim put into the studs, then we attached the sliding door hardware into this 2x4 for added strength.
I painted it white to blend in.
I'll be back with better pictures.
Also--I'm thinking it still needs a black rustic door handle.
What do you think?
Yes or No?