Simulate the look of concrete on the face of a lightweight sliding door.
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Sliding doors provide an eye-catching alternative to swinging doors and require less open floor space to use. Choose a door or doors sized to cover the opening and surrounding trim. If necessary, ask a Lowe’s associate about special-order doors in the size you need -- the special-order door shown measures 84 inches tall by 36 inches wide. Then choose and install barn door hardware long enough to accommodate the doors of your choice.
The door shown was primed at the factory. If the door you choose comes unfinished, apply a coat of primer. Then sand the surface smooth and wipe it clean.
Without removing the backing, lay tiles on the door to determine the pattern you want. Avoid leaving areas along the sides, top, or bottom less than 9 inches wide. Duplicate the arrangement if you’ll install tiles on the opposite face.
For a door 36 inches wide by 84 inches tall, like the one shown, you can fit two entire vinyl tiles along its width. Plan for eight complete tiles starting at the top and two partial tiles at the bottom.
With the door lying horizontally, carefully peel the backing from a tile and press it in place at a corner of the front of the door. Peel the backing from the next tile and butt it against the first one. Repeat for the remaining whole tiles.
At the bottom (in this case), use a utility knife and straightedge to trim the final tiles to size. Then remove the backing and press them in place. Repeat the previous steps if you plan to install tiles on the opposite side of the door. Check that all of the tiles are firmly pressed in place.
As you keep track of the hole locations in two strips of carpet edging, cut them to the height of your door. Smooth the cut ends with a flat mill file.
Center a carpet edging strip along the height of the door and nail it in place. Repeat for the other long edge.
Exposed door edges will make the door easy to open on one side, even without hardware. If you need to open the door from the other side, though, drill a 2-inch hole in the door about waist height and 8-1/2 inches from the door edge. Glue a cup-style door pull in the hole using general-purpose adhesive.