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Weathered-Finish Sliding Door

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Get the look of a real weathered barn door by covering a hollow-core door with siding and applying a distressed wood finish.

Sliding door with a weathered gray finish.

Project Overview

Skill Level

Intermediate

Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost

$$$$$$

Tools & Materials

Tools

  • 2-in hole saw
  • Drill
  • Circular saw and straightedge or table saw
  • Hammer

Materials

  • Hollow-core door to fit opening
  • 2 - 48 x 96 engineered-wood siding panels, #15601
  • 6-3/4-in utility pull, #308982
  • 1-in tan panel nails
  • 2-in satin-nickel sliding door pull, #222975 (optional)
  • Valspar paint, 8-ounces: Statuesque, #7002-5, and English Tea Party, #6004-2C
  • Barn door hardware listed separately

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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Instructions

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.

Caution

Depending on the amount of siding applied, doors can exceed 100 pounds. Fasten barn-door hardware firmly to the wall before hanging the door.

Step 1

Cut the siding to the height of the door (but not to width yet). Then cut two strips of siding the thickness of the door.

Good to Know

Wear breathing protection and safety glasses when cutting siding to size.

Step 2

Glue and nail the edge pieces in place on the door.

Step 3

Arrange the panel on the door so the plank pattern doesn’t leave any narrow strips on either side. Mark the overhanging portions of the siding and cut to width. Then cut the panel to length. Glue and nail the siding to the door face. If necessary, repeat for the other door face.

Good to Know

If you apply siding to both sides of the door, it will be too thick to accept the carriage bolts that come with the barn door hanging hardware. Purchase longer replacement bolts as needed.

Step 4

Mix equal parts of English Tea Party paint and water. Paint the surfaces of the door and let dry overnight.

Step 5

Weathered finish detail.

Mix equal parts of Statuesque paint and water. Dip the end of a 3-inch brush in the mixture and knock off most of the paint from the brush. Lightly brush the raised portion of the surface texture to create highlights. Let dry and reapply or touch up the surface as needed.

Step 6

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.

Step 7

Utility handle screwed to the weathered-finish door.

Fasten a handle near one edge of the door using the screws supplied.

Step 8

Follow the barn door hanging instructions to mount the track and door.