Today I am going to share with you the barn door we made for the mud room in our entry way. Do you remember that room?
Here is what it looked like when we started building our new front porch….
This is what it looks like now…
To begin building our barn door we bought 10 2×4’s from Lowe’s for the main structure of the door. Be sure your boards are straight before you buy them. :) You could also use a thinner board, but we wanted our door to be thick and substantial.
You may need more or less boards depending on the width of your doorway. We cut them the length we needed for the height of our doorway and laid them out flat on our front porch and pushed them as close together as possible.
To hold them together, we added 1×4 trim around the edges and for the “X,” and 1×6 for the middle of the door.
Cy measured and cut the lengths we needed for our trim and then applied Gorilla glue to the boards where we were going to nail the trim on.
Before nailing the trim to the 2×4’s he made sure the bottom was even.
Because the width of the 2×4’s didn’t cover our doorway opening completely, Cy allowed for a little bit of an overhang with the trim pieces so that we could cover the door opening completely.
He nailed the outside trim work to the 2×4’s with 18 gauge, 1 3/4 finish nails and his nail gun.
He repeated the process on the top, sides, and bottom.
We glued and nailed the 1×6 to the middle of the barn door.
For the “X” at the bottom of the door, Cy cut and measure a board the length of one corner to the other by lining up the middle of the 1×4’s in the corners.
Then he just pencil sketched where he needed to make his cuts. He said he could have used a framing square to be more exact, but he was able to do it this way.
He did a great job because it was a perfect fit!
He applied gorilla glue to the back of the first half of the “X” and then nailed it to the door.
He measured and cut the second board in half so that it would fit as the second leg of the “X.”
Once the door was complete, Cy sprayed the knots with primer specific for covering pine knots.
After we primed all of the knots, we painted two coats of Valspar white paint on the door in semi-gloss.
Cy snapped this picture on his phone and sent it to me after he had painted one coat…
We installed our door with a rolling door kit (that I will tell you about in my next post.) And now it looks like this!…
I love it soooo much! It is the perfect door for this space! And I love how I can close it when our mudroom gets a little messy. :)
Here is a peek into the mudroom…
Since this barn door is in our new entry way, and I just finished decorating that space for Christmas, I added a little wooden star ornament to the handle. :)
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