Turn a traditional barn door into a high-impact accent. A bold color creates a designer focal point between the kitchen and dining room.
Give a plain, flat-panel door prominence with adhesive tiles that look like polished concrete. Use a pair of doors to define a media area.
Create a statement with slatted doors. Rich mahogany stain brings out the natural wood grain. Choose one or a pair to slide an office closet out of sight.
Classic yet contemporary, an elegant five-panel door (painted in Waterfront, #ar1324) is perfect for moving from mudroom to living area.
Disguise clunky workout equipment or a cluttered closet with wood sliders. This rustic effect is easily obtained with painted siding fastened to a flat-panel door.
Erase a packed pantry with a door you can redecorate on a whim using chalk. Customize a sliding pantry door with DIY art, a calendar, or to-do lists.
Hang Hardware Safely
Instead of fastening the barn door rail to drywall, first screw a ledger board to the wall studs for a sturdier mounting surface that allows the hanging door to clear the door frame. Purchase a door that’s as tall as the opening height (or opening plus trim) and 2 inches wider than the door frame to cover the entire opening.
Pick a Practical Handle
Match the outside handle with the style of the door. Choose one that lets you easily control the weight and motion of the door as it slides.
Make a Door Easier to Open
For a door that separates two rooms, the inside handle can be tricky. Install a recessed cup or use the door architecture as a handhold.