Hey, friends! Today I'm really excited to share a DIY that Collin and I worked on. It was over a year in the making… haha! Ever had a project like that that dragged on and on and on? Well, I'm so happy that it's finally complete because it adds SO much to Jeremy's studio both in function and "fashion". Ready to learn how to DIY a modern style barn door???
First, let me explain Jeremy's space a little bit and why we chose this type of door!
You can see from the before photos of Jeremy's studio that we started out with a garage and a very small office. We converted these two smaller spaces into one big space. The office alone was too small to fit all his gear and things and would have felt very squished had we made it work. So since we are planning to live in this home for quite a while, we decided to pull the plug and make him a really nice, spacious workspace. I wanted him to be inspired every day because the main reason we moved to Nashville was for his music career. All. In.
So after we converted the two spaces into one, we removed a sliding outdoor door that would have looked really silly indoors. The space between Jeremy's control room (where his computer and recording set up is) and the big, open room (the one that looks like a living room) was just an open doorway.
While this doorway was nice (it lets in much-needed natural light to his control room), it was also problematic because sometimes the two spaces need to function separately. Jeremy frequently works on co-writes and does some production jobs where there are a group of people in his studio space. We really needed a door there for situations like that, but you'll see from the photos below that doors that swung out weren't a great fit for his space.
Barn doors are really cute and fun, but they're also a great way to save space! You sacrifice wall space, but you gain more because you don't have to pull all your furniture and decor away from the door so it can swing open.
Here's how to build a modern barn door!
First you'll want to determine the size door you need for your space. It should reach up to the track hardware but still be about 1" off the floor and wide enough to completely cover the door trim. Cut down your hardwood plywood boards to your desired size (the lumber store can cut them for you if you don't have a saw).
Before gluing the boards in place, hang the bottom board a 1/2" off of the bottom of your door so that it will just hover above the floor once installed. When you complete the back side of the door and repeat this overhang on the other side, it will create a channel for your floor guide hardware.
Use wood glue to glue the boards in place and then nail them in to secure.
Flip the door over (you may need a buddy for this part!), and repeat the whole process to create the same design on the other side. You can see in the photo above that also hanging the back bottom board 1/2" over the edge has created a channel for your door guide to keep the door from swinging out.
Give your door a few coats of paint and follow your sliding door hardware instructions to hang your door.
The door is heavy and sturdy, but it also glides effortlessly!
For the barn door hardware, I found ours at Barn Door Hardware.
For the handles we decided to use gold because it ties in with some of his other fixtures. We used these simple Lewis Dolin bar pulls. We've used them often around the house and they've become our go-to.
If you guys have any questions about this project, just ask away in the comments! I'm so excited to finally share this HUGE project with you! xx -Elsie
Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson and Collin DuPree. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.