Barn Doors For The Laundry Room
I am so excited to share this post with you today, we have been talking about barn doors for the laundry room for a very long time! Well, it was time to stop talking and start doing, as they say.
Lets face it, a family of 5 means lots of laundry which equals lots of my time spent in our little laundry room. The door swings inward and cuts that room in half, I needed something that would maximize the space.
When Porch challenged me to come up with something creative using supplies from Hickory Hardware I knew exactly what we were going to create, barn doors!
Step 1: Paint or Stain the door
We were keeping our eyes out for a pair of salvaged doors but wow, everything I came across they wanted lots of money, then the hubby found these fabulous doors at Lowe’s. I absolutely loved the doors and couldn’t pass up the steal. I thought about staining them with a dark stain but the hallway is so small and does not have much light, I figured keeping it white would brighten up the space. I went to work and gave it a coat of Swiss Coffee using a foam roller and angled brush.
Step 2: Make the Rail Backer
The track must be installed on a solid surface! We cut a 1″ x 4″mounting board the same length as the track and I stained it with Min Wax Ebony. Once the backer is dry, lay the rail flat on top of the backer and mark the hole locations for the rail hardware then remove.
Step 3: On the wall, locate and mark the studs. Remember this is going to be holding a heavy door so you must drill into studs!
Step 4: Secure the rail backer, thank goodness for good friends that come and help!
Step 5: Install the track onto the Rail Backer. Here I will refer you to the professionals, the how to instructions that come with the kit! So our intention was to make our own track, really it was BUT time was ticking so we bit the bullet and purchased two tracks from Home Depot. (thank goodness for a really great coupon we had) However, making your own track is completely do-able, you will save a ton of money and you won’t have any troubles finding a tutorial on-line. We did have to cut the track to fit our wall and since we had 2 doors we needed 2 tracks.
We purchased our tracks at Home Depot, but you can also order them online, Everbilt Dark Oil-Rubbed Bronze Steel Decorative Sliding Door Hardware. (affiliate link)
Step 6: Install the hardware onto the door following the instructions that come with the kit and hang. Once complete you are ready to hang the doors on the track.
Step 7: Install the pulls so we can open and close the doors. For the hardware I chose 2 18″ rustic iron pulls, I really wanted the hardware to stand out. These pieces were so beautiful and knew the minute I saw them they would be the perfect jewelry for our new barn doors!
Step 8: To prevent the door from swinging out, you need to install a floor guide, which we still need to do.
I am smitten with how this turned out, seriously so happy! I couldn’t be more proud of my husband for tackling this in such a short amount of time, I think he has some yummy home cooked meals coming for the next few weeks! I am not going to lie, prepping for a barn door and the installation requires a lot of time and patience but was definitely worth it!
Thanks to Porch for challenging me to think creatively and to Hickory Hardware for supplying the beautiful pulls! See what the other talented Porch bloggers are up to by following #outofthebox on social media and see what each one of them created!
This is not a sponsored post, but, Hickory Hardware kindly offered the hardware for this post. All opinions are 100% mine. If you aren’t familiar with Porch, it is a home network website where you can find accredited professionals, browse over 130 million projects, and check out the advice section on all things Home and DIY.
Love the addition of the barn doors. They are gorgeous! I would love to add them to our master where we now have double doors to our bathroom.
Wow Kristin! I love this project! Your choice of hardware is perfect and I can’t believe the price on the doors. What a great find!
So gorgeous Kristin! What a great job your hubby did, yep lots of yummy meals in his future.
Kristin they turned out great!
Wow, Awesome project! Love the beautiful doors you scored and the pretty hardware.
I really love this transformation. I have a door for my laundry room which took up far too much room in the small hallway so I took it off (my bad) but this is a great alternative and I like how you shared the entire process. I hate having that area wide open for anyone to see so it will be nice to give the area privacy without taking away from the rest of the hallway. Adding to my to-do list for the summer. Great job!
I absolutely, LOVE this idea!!!
It turned out really, really amazing. I love them!
I absolutely love this!!
VERY NICE!! I love those rustic barn door pulls too!!
i LOVE these so much!! Cannot wait to have barn doors in our next house.
Kristin, Your sliding barn doors look amazing. Especially with gorgeous hardware. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me.
Love!! So gorgeous Kristin !!
I love how it looks. I can’t wait to have a home again so I an do this. I love the hardware too!
My husband and I have been meaning to put barn doors up for an oversized entry that our new office has. I love this hardware! Totally going to this site to see what I can find! And I love your new doors, too- so nice to have more space it the laundry room!
What a gorgeous project. I love this!
Thank you so much Amy!
They are GORGEOUS! I just love the way they turned out. And I am smitten with the handles you chose…LOVE!
Thank you Kara, we are really happy with them 🙂
Love, love, love your barn doors and their beautiful hardware! Now you’ve got me thinking about something! LOL!
Thanks so much Jane!
I love those barn doors. I just put one up in my bathroom to save space.
Thank you so much!
This looks so incredible! I’m always so amazed by your talent. Pinned and tweeted. Please join us on Monday at 7 pm and party with us! It is so super fun to see what you have been working on! Lou Lou Girls
Thanks so much, I will 🙂
could you send the link for the hardware to hand the barn doors? having trouble finding it on the hickory hardware site.
Please send the link for the hardware to hand the doors. I was not finding it on the hickory hardware site. thanks
where did you buy the rail for the door to slide
Thanks Tina, here is where we purchased them. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-Dark-Oil-Rubbed-Bronze-Decorative-Sliding-Door-Hardware-14445/205946379
Love the doors and considering the same.
Im wondering about noise. Do you hear the laundry machines running more, less or same with this style door?
Yes, we do hear the machine more then when it was a door that shut completely. However, it doesn’t bother me, I just love having a little extra space 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!
Kristin, your barn doors are beautiful! I love the actual doors and the hardware you chose for them! Such a good project!
Thanks so much Lisa!
HI. A question about these doors: how are they kept from
‘rolling out’ away from the wall? As it seems that they are only afixed to the wall via the track above the door, do they knock against the wall when being opened (i.e. to the swing toward and away from the wall)?
Hi we added a track at the bottom, let me know if you want me to send pictures. When I posted this we had not added the track yet and yes they did swing just slightly.
Loved your article. We have purchased 2 old school doors for our masterbath. Where did you find H Depot coupons???? Have never seen any
I love this!! We were thinking of using barn doors for our laundry room as well. Does it block out the house from the washer and dryer?
Hi Sherie, are you talking about the noise? If so it does block the noise but not the same as a sealed door that you can shut. Let me know if this doesn’t answer your question, happy to help 🙂 Have a great weekend.