**Disclaimer- Some of the pictures were taken with my phone or tablet. When you have dirty drywall or paint hands the last thing you want to do is touch your nice camera. So forgive the lighting/quality in a few of the pictures below.**
There are about million and one different projects my husband and I have on our House To-Do list. We are so excited about many of them and this project will probably be one of our favorites…..
Today I present to you our new BARN DOOR!
When we moved into our home there were two projects that my husband and I knew had to be priority. Painting and the divider between the laundry room and kitchen. The previous door was a plastic accordion style divider that was sucked into the laundry room whenever the AC clicked on and it failed to block any noise. It also had a horrible door frame.
My husband ripped down the accordion divider almost immediately so I never got the opportunity to take a picture of it. See the wood door frame? (Excuse the awful laundry room…It’s also on “THE LIST”) Yuck!
We began scanning websites and Pinterest for ideas and decided on the barn door. Originally we were going to go with a traditional sliding barn door painted in a fabulous shade of blue. However, as we got to know the kitchen and the natural lighting we discovered a regular barn door would look heavy and could cut off a lot of light. My husband suggested a windowed door.
Moving and remodels make for some fun pictures, huh? A fridge (which is no longer there) Honey Nut Cheerios and our laundry hamper….The windows reflect the light from the kitchen windows and it doesn’t look like dead weight.
I’m NOT saying that the other doors are dead weight, I’m saying they would not have worked in our space.
Painting began — No sanding necessary
The color is Valspar Celebration Blue. I did about 3 coats on each side.
While it was drying we ripped down the door frame to drywall and texture.
With all the drywall work I did (through out the house) this became my best friend for 5 days…
Then came the sliding rail. It is available on Amazon and it was on SALE!
Notice the door frame? It took about one afternoon and 24 hours of drying time to get it complete. If you are curious about how to drywall check out You Tube. This guy was really helpful for me.
Next was hanging the door. I did not seal it right away because we were anxious to use it. We ended up taking it down and sealing it when we applied the privacy window coverings.
The privacy opaque coverings were obvious reasons…Hide the laundry room.
The coverings were actually a huge pain in the butt. We had a really hard time getting them to stick in the corners and along the edges. It took three of us constantly applying pressure to make it work. I don’t regret it, I’m just saying it was tough.
Finally…..It was finished.
I LOVE IT! It blocks the noise of both the AC unit and our laundry units. The opaque privacy window coverings hide the laundry room from view.
The approximate price of this DIY project is 250.00. We bought almost everything with a 10% discount at Lowes and the track was on sale at Amazon.
The overall length of time from start to finish was about 4 days.
That is one project down….One million to go.