DIY sliding barn door to replace the dreaded pocket door

by | Apr 26, 2019

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Welcome to my bedroom…..AGAIN!

I never knew I’d invite so many people into our private space….but our projects get me so fired up….that I can’t NOT share them with you!

This weeks project…..our new DIY sliding barn door! As in…..bye-bye-non-descript-always-annoying pocket door!

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Somehow I managed to NOT get before photos of the plain wall with the simple pocket door….but from the photo above …you can see the door frame. The pocket door simply slid out from that door frame and filled that space. This wall divides our master bath from our bedroom. I’ve wanted a pretty sliding door system there for years….but you know….other projects!

So finally…….it all started with just those few boards you see below…..a little white paint….and an Amazon order!

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The entire project was $150. So do not let anyone tell you differently! The 10 planks (1 x 6’s) were $8 each. The hardware rolling system was $39.99. The handle was $20.99. We used my Dixie Belle paint in Cotton, BOSS primer in white, Top Coat in gloss, wood filler, wood glue and screws that we already had….and that was it!

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Matt worked on this DIY sliding barn door project in several phases over about a weeks time. Had our schedule been less hectic he probably could have finished this in two afternoons.

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The rolling system came with great instructions and was very easy to install. It makes NO noise at all when opening or closing which is really nice because our pocket door was STUPID loud!!!

I LOVE the handle!!! It is huge…but the door is really big….so anything smaller would have looked out of place. It just feels good in your hand!

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I am very thankful for one of my Facebook friends….as she is the one that shared the rolling system and handle with me! She actually built her door ALL by herself and it looked amazing!

The photo below shows how it looks with the door closed. I love it sooooo sooo much! I really wish we would have made the time to do this sooner! And because I know someone will ask…..we left the pocket door in the wall!

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Want to see what is on the other side of the room?? Check out my master bedroom dressing room . Sounds fancy doesn’t it!!

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13 Comments

  1. Donna

    Love this barn door project & would like to do this on our bathroom as there is no door. Would love to see what the door looks like on the other side, closed & opened. Thank you.

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  2. Michael

    Love the implementation. Looks great.

    Question: I have a similar situation in that I have an existing pocket door that separates by bathroom to bedroom. I want to also put a header board above the existing door frame to hold the sliding door. Were you able to find the wall studs where the pocket door was?

    In hanging the header board, I need to make sure I’m securing it to wall studs. Did you encounter any issues finding wall studs to secure your header?

    Thanks.

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  3. Katie

    Do you have plans for how you actually built the barn door?

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Hi Katie. My husband is wonderfully handy and created it for me. Sorry, I don’t have any plans to share.

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  4. Stephanie Pickford

    Love the bedroom wall colour! What is the name of it please?

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Of course! The wall is Mindful Gray by Sherwin Williams. I love it and use it throughout most of my home!

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  5. Jen

    This is really cool. I’m in love with your bedroom carpet. Any tips on where to find a patterned flooring that amazing??!!
    Keep up all the great projects!

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  6. Lisa

    I know this post is about the door, but where did you get that carpet?! I’ve been looking to do this exact print on our stairs.

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  7. Mikayla Kelley

    I love this tutorial and pinned it a while ago but through rescrolling I noticed how much I LOVED your rug! Do you mind sharing where you got it? I am OBSESSED! THANKS!

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  8. Richard

    What do you have on the bottom of the door? A roller?

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Hi Richard. It’s a stationary guide to keep the door inline.

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  9. Wendy

    Hello! I’m so inspired that we are going to give it a try! Of all the barn doors I’ve seen, this is my favorite! The link to the handle takes me to the hardware kit and there’s no handle. I’d LOVE to know if you have any more info on the handle please and thank you:) great job

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