When we first started planning our new house I just knew I had to have a sliding barn door. I just think they’re so cute and I love the character they can add to a space. So, right from the first drawing, I planned two spaces in our home that would accommodate my precious doors. Today I’m going to show you how to build your own chevron door for less than $200!! That’s a bargain my friends! That includes stain, but not the hardware. We; however used paint, if you choose to paint, rather than stain, it will be about $50 more. Step 1: Map out how large you would like your door to be. (We were in the process of painting our town home so we could rent it, that made this poor wall the guinea pig for all of our new house experiments.) We used masking tap and ribbon (super scientific, I know) to measure how big our door would be and decide how many slats of wood we would need. We knew that our door opening was going to be 4’ 10” wide and 68” tall. So we decided that our door should be 5’ x 7’. We also knew that the tongue and groove slats that we were going to use would be 6” wide, so we were able to measure each one with a ruler to decide how many we would need. We ended up buying 5, 12’ slats, and 1, 8’ slat to have enough for our door. It was very precise, and didn’t allow for error, so I would suggest buying one extra slat, just in case. Step 2: Build your frame. We bought a 4’ x 8’ panel and had the Home Depot worker cut it into 3” x 8’ sections. We used a miter saw to cut 8 pieces at a 45 degree angle. The remaining two pieces were used in the middle section and didn’t need to be angled. Those pieces were cut to be 6’6” and the serve as the center piece of the door. We used a square to line up the edges of the frame using the 3” x 8’ sections, then we used staple gun to secure the pieces. You should have two frames at this point. One for each side of the door, they will sandwich the diagonal pieces together. Step 3: Sand the slats down to make sure they’re not rough. The boards we bought were only finished on one side, so we had to use a belt sander to finish the other side. Step 4: Make your cuts. Using the tongue and groove slats that you just sanded, line up the boards on your frame and use a pencil to mark where your cuts need to be. Then make sure you cut on them on a 45 degree angle, being sure that the tongue and groove will line up when you are done. This doesn’t have to be precise because the center board will hide any imperfections. Step 5: Line the boards up so that the diagonals will meet in the center of your frame. Use a nail gun to secure them. Step 6: Put your remaining frame on the top of your diagonals and nail them down. Step 7: Putty any nail holes or corners that have gaps with wood putty. Step 8: Paint or stain your door! Initially we were going to stain it an Ebony color, then I was afraid it was too dark so we decided to paint it white. We used Kilz primer and white spray paint. Staining would definitely be cheaper and less labor intensive, so I would suggest doing that if at all possible. Step 9: Find hardware for your door. We bought ours from Rustica Hardware. You can expect to spend around $250 for the hardware, but it is totally worth it in my opinion. Everyone comments on our door and I absolutely love the way it turned out! It’s really an easy process if you have the patience and tools to execute it. Good luck! I hope a new barn door is in your future! Jessica
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