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Bathroom Barn Door

Our master bathroom is small, and originally had a standard door that opened into the room. With two people in the bathroom, someone was bumping in to the door or hopping around it to get out of the shower. Due to plumbing and electrical placement, a pocket door wasn't an option. After some searching for inspiration, we decided to install a sliding barn door.

First, I purchased the sliding barn door hardware from a vendor on eBay, and installing it was pretty simple.

Next, I removed the existing door and frame trim just on the outside, leaving the inside as-is. I used a new hollow-core 32" door as the base and added trim to the front to create the barn design we wanted. The decorative trim acted as a handle to open/close the door from the outside, but for the inside, I used my router to carve out a circle to inset a handle. I also attached some trim to the bottom of the door to form a groove for the fixed guide piece attached to the floor. The entire door was then sanded, caulked, primed and painted.

Because the door glides so closely to the wall, I needed to cut custom molding to create a seal with the new door for maximum privacy. I purchased a planer to reduce the trim thickness to allow proper clearance. Next, I installed an eye hook as the locking mechanism on the inside. This required a small groove to be carved out of the left trim piece so the door could be fully opened without interference from the eye hook. Lastly, the old door hinge cut-outs were patched, sanded and painted.

Now, the door makes a visual statement, and the bathroom feels much larger!

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Reba64

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have always wanted space saving barn doors for my little cottage that has lots of doors & precious little wall space. Like with yours, pocket doors are out. Your simple yet detailed instructions are priceless. And the hardware you found is most attractive. It's been a few years since I've looked & I had no idea there were any options. (btw You do beautiful work!)


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Wand

I was looking at pocket doors for my Mobile home, but this looks very interesting. I had considered this before, but I like the treatment you gave. I will post my project upon completion. I've got a bedroom with two doors on one wall, one to the hallway and one to the bathroom. Secondly I am adding a half bath and modifying the adjacent laundry area. Finding a solution for the doors has been a problem, but I'm using this as an additional inspiration. I would really like to see the groove you describe as a track. I'm assuming it sticks above the floor level adjacent to the wall.


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Category: Renovations,

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