One of my all-time favorite builds is a sliding barn door. They make such a statement in any room and are a great way to fill a space. The barn door becomes the decor.

I built my first sliding barn door when I remodeled my sons’ bedroom. We went with a modern farmhouse look for their room. Shocker! My favorite style, no doubt. You can see the pictures and read all about the boys’ room here.

For the boys’ sliding barn door, I used a double criss-cross design…

A simple step-by-step how to make a sliding barn door.

Because this was such a fun build, I knew I wanted to do more of these. Looking around my house, I started to see all the places I could add sliding barn doors. Oh, the vision…so many barn doors in my future. πŸ™‚

After recently completing a board and batten treatment…

A simple step-by-step how to make a sliding barn door.

and updating the corner cabinet in my family room…

Update your built-in cabinets with little time and money

It only made sense to work on the sliding barn door for this room. So off to Home Depot I went…

A simple step-by-step how to make a sliding barn door.

How to Build a Sliding Barn Door:

Supplies Needed:

12- 1×6 (8foot) pinewood boards

1- 1×4 (8foot) pinewood boards (for the cross boards)

80-grit sandpaper

1 1/4″ Kreg screws (coarse)

Wood filler

8 x 1 1/4″ screws

Primer

Paint (color of your choice)

Constructing the Door:

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Step One: Determine the length and width you want your door to be. Then cut all of your door boards to the same length that you have decided upon.

Step Two: Sand all of your boards. They don’t need to be super smooth. After all, it is a barn door, so some imperfections are expected.

Step Three: Drill all of your pocket holes into your 1×6 door boards. Each board needs a set of two pocket holes, every 9 inches apart, on one length of the board. As shown below….

A simple step-by-step how to make a sliding barn door.

I highly recommend a Kreg Jig for this. Don’t let the sight of this scare you…

A simple step-by-step how to make a sliding barn door.

I’ll do an upcoming post on how to use a kreg jig and link it to this post. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make pocket holes with a kreg jig. Maybe you’re wondering, what the heck are pocket holes? That would have been me a few years ago. πŸ™‚ They are holes drilled at an angle, to securely join two pieces of wood together. With the Kreg Jig, it looks like this…

A simple step-by-step how to make a sliding barn door.

Step Four: Clamp two boards together (one clamp on each end). Drill 1 1/4″ kreg screws into each of your pocket holes…

A simple step-by-step how to make a sliding barn door.

Step Five: Repeat Step Four until all boards are joined together…

A simple step-by-step how to make a sliding barn door.

Step Six: Use wood filler to fill in all of your pocket holes. Once dry, sand…

A simple step-by-step how to make a sliding barn door.

Adding the Trim:

Now that you have the barn door built, you’re ready to add the trim. With so many different designs to choose from, the hardest part is narrowing it down to one design. I chose this design…

A simple step-by-step how to make a sliding barn door.

Step One: Cut outside length pieces (1×6 boards) to fit your door and clamp them on…

A simple step-by-step how to make a sliding barn door.

Attach using 8 x 1 1/4″ screws. This brand of screws is my personal favorite…

A simple step-by-step how to make a sliding barn door.

Step Two: Cut width pieces (3 of them) (1×6 boards) to fit inside your length pieces. Clamp and attach to door using the same screws in Step One…

A simple step-by-step how to make a sliding barn door.

Step Three: Cut cross boards (1×4 boards) to make your X. Getting these cuts perfect proved to be somewhat challenging. There is probably an easier way. But I eyeballed it by placing my board where I wanted it and drawing my lines…

A simple step-by-step how to make a sliding barn door.

For the most part, my technique worked out. Any spaces can be filled with wood filler, so it doesn’t have to be perfect.

After attaching all of your trim pieces, your barn door is ready for paint. I put a coat of primer (Zinsser Fast Prime 2) down first…

A simple step-by-step how to make a sliding barn door.

After applying two coats of paint (Behr Marquee Peppercorn) and letting it dry, I flipped the door over and attached 4 brackets to the back of the door to reinforce it. This turned out to be a wasted step, I believe. The pocket holes are really what’s holding the 1×6’s together. It’s a very solid door and not the least bit flimsy, even without the brackets. I then threw on a coat of paint to the back of the door…

A simple step-by-step how to make a sliding barn door.

And voila..another sliding barn door built.

Last step: Max comes over to hang it. Why don’t I hang it myself? I love to build things, but I hate to follow manufacturer’s instructions on things I have to put together. So, I have a “Max” (my handyman) to do that part for me. Maybe one day I’ll tackle it myself. But for now, I have Max. πŸ™‚

We ran into a snag with the sliding door frame. I wasn’t thinking, and ordered the same size as what I used for the boys’ room. Well, this door is substantially wider, longer and heavier than the boys’ door, so that didn’t work. I ended up returning the 6 1/2-foot track and ordering an 8-foot track. Perfect!

To finish it off, I added a 14″ square cast iron handle pull. I love this sliding barn door so much!! It looks like it was always meant to be there…

This little photo-bomber is pretty adorable too…

A simple step-by-step how to make a sliding barn door.

And this big photo-bomber wanted his moment in lights…

A simple step-by-step how to make a sliding barn door.

A look at it with the door shut…

A simple step-by-step how to make a sliding barn door.

Most of the time, it will be open.

The big picture…

A simple step-by-step how to make a sliding barn door.

A simple step-by-step how to make a sliding barn door.

Here it is with the cast iron handle pull…

A simple step-by-step how to make a sliding barn door.

A little closer look…

A simple step-by-step how to make a sliding barn door.

As I said before, these doors are so much fun to build. And the statement they make is bold and beautiful. As always, if you have any questions, please ask. I love to help people realize they can do this stuff and see how much fun it is.

Until next time,

Happy Building!!

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One more thing…I’ve had a few people ask me about the track I use for my barn doors. I order them off of Amazon and have found them to be the best price for the best quality…

TC Bunny 6.6 feet Sliding Door Hardware Set Antique Style (Black)….approximately $55

TC Bunny 8 feet Sliding Door Hardware Set Antique (Black)….approximately $60

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