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D.I.Y Barn Door Install

Barn doors are an easy and inexpensive do-it-yourself project to refresh your home with a modern look. They also can be quite practical, eliminating the space needed for a door to swing out.

Below is an actual step by step DIY install that uses a barn door and track kit available from Saginaw Surplus. The included install instructions were also followed. Note the ease of install and the drastic change one door can make.

barn door sliding track diy installation
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barn door sliding track diy installation
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barn door sliding track diy installation
Before
barn door sliding track diy installation
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barn door sliding track diy installation
Problem: Small laundry room has 3 different doors opening into it that hit each other and minimize available space.
barn door sliding track diy installation
Solution: Install a sliding barn door! Door and track can be purchased from Saginaw Surplus. Also need to get a 1x4 pine board from a hardware store to use as a header board.
barn door sliding track diy installation
Paint or stain the door and header board to your desired preference. Here we are using a Minwax Classic Gray. Also applied a top coat for added protection. Doing this properly was the longest part of the entire install.
barn door sliding track diy installation
Gather necessary tools.
barn door sliding track diy installation
Remove old door from frame.
barn door sliding track diy installation
Laundry room already feels more open.
barn door sliding track diy installation
Install header board to wall studs. Take the time to do this right and make sure it is sturdy. Everything is installed to this board.
barn door sliding track diy installation
Install track to header board. Make sure track is very level or door will slide on its own.
barn door sliding track diy installation
Header board and track installed. Ready for the door.
barn door sliding track diy installation
Drill holes into door for hangers.
barn door sliding track diy installation
Install door hangers and anti-skip discs. 2 different hardware kit colors were used to obtain this silver on black effect.
barn door sliding track diy installation
Place door on track. A 36" x 7'0" barn door from Saginaw Surplus perfectly covers the opening of a 32" x 6'8" interior door with trim.
barn door sliding track diy installation
Install hidden floor guide. Glued guide to tile with silicone caulk instead of drilling into concrete. The barn doors from Saginaw Surplus are pre-grooved at the bottom. This saves a lot of time and the need for a router.
barn door sliding track diy installation
Install door stops. A 72" track from Saginaw Surplus is the exact length needed for this opening. Almost looks custom made to fit.
barn door sliding track diy installation
Cover end track holes with caps for finishing touch.

barn door sliding track diy installationInstallation complete! Laundry room now has much more room and doors no longer hit on the inside. Also adds a nice modern industrial look to the home. This easy DIY update added form and function.

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