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DIY Barn Door + PDF Plans

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Build your own DIY barn door, including step by step PDF plans! It’s a great budget friendly project, even if you’re a beginner woodworker

DIY Easy barn door with PDF plans graphic

I can’t believe we are almost there with this master bathroom refresh reveal! I feel like it’s been forever, but we’ve had lots of (fun) projects that I’ll be getting to share with you soon that have come up unexpectedly.

I’m sharing with you all today our DIY sliding barn door that is legit the easiest project even though it looks like it’s the most difficult. There are about 1.5 million tutorials for DIY rustic barn doors out there. Trust me. I’ve looked on Pinterest myself and they’re ERRYWHURR.

So, what’s different about our barn door? Come and see!

If PDF plans are easier for you to follow than a blog post, you’re in luck because I paid someone a lot smarter than me to make the PDF version of these DIY barn door plans.

They’re normally $12, but if you sign up for my email list, I’ll send you a code that makes them $4! Still will come in cheaper than buying the thing, I promise!

(Oh, and if you’re a salty white dude who thinks he’s owed something for free because I’m a woman, save yourself the email. Read the blog post then. I’m not changing my mind and if you don’t like it, you may show yourself out. Smooches!)

DIY Barn Door

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Supplies:

The reason I link to wood is because if you’re anything like me, sometimes the lumber aisle can be intimidating. So, by linking them, my hopes is that you can just place an order online at Home Depot or Lowes and go pick it up! Saving you some time! Don’t say I never did nothin’ for ya.

Steps to building a barn door for yourself:

man with beard cutting lumber for DIY barn door

First, you’ll want to measure your own width of your door casing and height because all your measurements will change depending on that.

For reference, our door is 29 3/4″ x 84 1/4″.

Man cutting lumber with a saw for DIY barn door

Cut the boards to size.

Man cutting lumber with a saw for DIY barn door

We also needed to trim one of the boards that would be used for the sides of the door so that it would be the right width for our casing so here we used THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS TABLE SAW.

One of these days, we’ll have the money to get one that couldn’t so easily cut a limb off.

lumber laid out on hardwood floor with green Ryobi nail gun
man with beard nailing wood together for DIY barn door plans

Next, lock in your pieces of wood using the tongue and grooves. We also added a bit of wood glue in the grooves so that we could have a little bit of extra support.

Not like we’re going to be swinging or hanging on this thing, but still.

Lay your trim pieces on the left and right sides and use a nail gun to nail them on.

hand holding pine lumber for DIY barn door

You can see here this is the width of the barn door including the trim. It’s not thick at all so it’s also a space saver.

little boy in diaper walking on wood
little boy sitting on wood for a barn door

Don’t forget to use a small wild haired boy to test the weight limits of this budget friendly DIY project. Gotta make sure it’ll hold up under pressure.

clamps holding together boards for DIY barn door
man with beard using Ryobi nail gun for DIY barn door

Using giant clamps, slide in the trim pieces at both the top and the bottom of the door and nail them into place.

yellow measuring tape on wood

Measure your door from inside top trim to inside bottom trim to find the middle.

This is where you will put your 1×6 in the middle of your barn door.

man with beard adding wood glue to center piece of DIY barn door

Next, put wood glue on your piece of 1×6 and put in place.

Sanding and staining your DIY barn door

man in long sleeve gray shirt sanding DIY barn door

You’ll want to make sure you give your door a good once over with a power sander. You could totally do this by hand but let’s be real, why would anyone wanna do that if you ain’t gotta?

If you haven’t noticed, we have 90% Ryobi tools and for the most part, they’re great quality. I would say the Ryobi power sander is a great tool for the price – it’s under $50!

Varathane wood conditioner
man with beard and blue gloves applying Varathane wood conditioner to DIY barn door

This next step is optional, but we always like to put wood conditioner on our projects (like our DIY farmhouse table, our open shelving in our kitchen and our guest bathroom shelves).

It seems to let the stain soak in better and more evenly – whether you’re using pine boards or oak or whatever wood you prefer!

man applying stain to DIY barn door

Next comes time for stain! I don’t know if I ever want to use a different stain ever. I promise we’ve tried.

We have tried multiple stains on multiple different kinds of wood and we keep coming back to old faithful which is Minwax Early American.

Adding A Mirror To Our Barn Door

We had a full length mirror leaning up against our wall, but a certain one year old got buck one time and knocked it over and broke it.

So, we needed another solution. One that allowed us to have a full length mirror but not have it on the floor.

woman kneeling putting command strips on the back of a full length mirror
woman kneeling putting command strips on the back of a DIY barn door

This barn door is super easy to install with the barn door hardware we got so if you’re wanting to add a full length mirror like we did, add command strips on both sides of the mirror as well as the top and bottom.

woman hanging mirror on a DIY barn door smiling

Then make sure you’re insanely happy and hang that bad boy.

light pink full length mirror hanging on back of DIY sliding barn door

Is it weird that my favorite part about doing this DIY barn door with tongue and groove is how the back side looks beadboard?? I honestly didn’t know this is what it would look like but it does and I COULD NOT love it more!! It’s absolutely perfect!

Open and closed, I love it all!

DIY sliding barn door hanging up

Oh, just ignore the fact that our bedroom currently doesn’t have floors. More on that later 😉

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DIY barn door plans and tutorial. We snuck a little something on the back side of this door you have to see! #DIYbarndoor #barndoortutorial

Nichole

Sunday 13th of February 2022

Thanks for the detailed steps can't wait to try it

Mike

Sunday 19th of December 2021

Did you put any kind of finish on the door after staining it?

Carmen Smith

Sunday 19th of December 2021

Nope! We have done clear matte finish in some of our other wood projects, but not this one. Hope that's helpful!

Cam

Tuesday 16th of November 2021

This looks like a great guide! How can I get the pdf version?

Carmen Smith

Thursday 18th of November 2021

Instructions are in the post! :)

VincentMallette

Tuesday 2nd of November 2021

Do you think I could mount it w hinges?

Carmen Smith

Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

You would most likely need to change the dimensions to make sure it fits like a standard door first. It's also pretty heavy so just check the weight limits on your hinges, but hey, it's worth a shot! :)

Brianna

Saturday 2nd of October 2021

I can’t wait to make this!! What did you use to attach the track to? I’m planning on leaving the doorframe so I’ll need to add a piece of wood to the wall to put the track on. Just curious what y’all used for yours?

Carmen Smith

Thursday 27th of January 2022

The upper track is attached to our top piece of door trim. Our bottom is attached to the floor!