Laundry Room Redo - DIY Sliding Rustic Door

23 November
Remember when I said I had one more big project left for my laundry room redo? Well here it is!

DIY a rolling barn door

When I had my first walk through of the house before I bought it I knew immediately that I wanted a sliding door over the opening to the laundry room if I bought the house.

Here is what it looked like before. The arrows are pointing to the old accordion folding door thing.

I found the perfect door at my local Habitat store for only $10!

At first I had picked out a solid wood door but then I saw this one and thought since my living room is so dark already it might be nice to have the window to allow the light to come through still when it's closed. The back of my house gets all the sunlight :o(

I think there must have been a cat door in it at one time that someone blocked off. Some people would have passed on it for that very reason but I thought it just added more character! :o)

My dad and I whipped this project out Saturday... yep whipped it out... in about 5 hours! ha ha! I think the part that took the longest was shopping for the supplies (we had to hit up both Lowe's and Home Depot to get all the piping, floor flanges, tees, nipples, flanges, and things I've never even heard of before!)

We used Kristi's plan over at Addicted to Decorating. It worked great and she has a complete supply list of everything you'll need!

I used sliding closet door pulls for the hole where the door knob was. They are like little cups and come in brass, nickel, and bronze. This way a door knob won't hit the wall or be in the way when you are walking down the hall past it.

Now I just needed to clean it up and paint it!

I used a sample pot of Valspar Tropical Oasis. As you can see it's kind of a peacock blue.

I liked it but it was a little it too bright for me so I used some Translucent Color Glaze, also by Valspar, in Mocha and rubbed it all over the door, mooshing it into the cracks and crevices with a rag and then went back over with a slightly damp, clean rag rubbing in circular motions until I got the look I liked. It toned the color down and made the door look a little more aged which I like.

Next was to frost the glass but I couldn't use a spray frost since my door was already hung at this point. I opted to use Clear Contact Paper instead! Easy, cheap, and removable! 

Here's tip that worked for me. I was having a heck of a time getting all the little air bubbles out from between the glass and contact paper until I remembered a little tip I saw online (probably on Pinterest!) that said to put soapy water on the glass. I tried it and it worked like a charm! There weren't nearly as many bubbles as there were before and the ones that were there squeegeed right out!

To make the letters I used Stick-On Vinyl Letters. Place them directly on top of the contact paper and cut around them with an X-acto knife. Then peel off the letter and the contact paper all together to reveal your cut out letters!

I'm so happy with how this door turned out!

Here is one final before shot from the living room after the accordion door was removed.

If you've missed any of the previous laundry room projects you can see them all here:

I'll be back in a couple of days for the final reveal!

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  1. I love it Tania and I can't wait to see it finished! I am planning to put one of these in my bedroom when we redo it. I love this look. Have a great week!

  2. WOW ! Great, great idea and you and your Dad did a terrific job. A surprise for the Laundry Room plus more light for the living room. I've enjoyed your Laundry Room series of posts.

  3. Fantastic!! What a great look! Your place is coming together so well. Great job Tania!!

  4. What a super idea as an alternative to a pocket door. Love t!

  5. It looks awesome! For some reason i was thinking it was going to slide the other way! This makes more sense, obviously! Love the window and it will look great when embellished!

  6. I love the way the new door resembles the back door of the laundry room. I did not know you could just build a sliding door with piping. I thought it was some kind of fancy kit. I am looking around the house to see if there is a place for one!

  7. Ha! I love this!! And you crack me up about the pictures- I know!!! It is so hard to get good ones, especially as the daylight hours are so few & far between in winter! The door is sooooo cute though, and the hardware looks great. I'm excited to see it when it's all painted and frosted! Thanks for sharing at the Found & Foraged party last week...hope to see you again tonight! xo, Laura :)

  8. Great door! I'm thrilled I saw this as I'm contemplating doing a door very similar to this. And what an excellent idea to use the T's at the top -- so super clever and much smarter than using a screw in I hook as I've seen elsewhere. Love the inset pulls. Nice work!


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