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Barn door for added privacy plus floating shelf

buildwithroneth
Having an Impact
buildwithroneth
buildwithroneth
Having an Impact

 

Tasmanian Oak was used for a homemade barn door to create privacy between living and bedrooms, with extra timber utilised to make a floating shelf.

 

 

The project

 

We designed and built a barn door to provide more privacy in between our family living areas and other bedrooms. Also, to conserve energy during the seasons. 

 

Our advice to others wanting to do the same thing is to plan and measure accurately.  To be honest, I was very worried about the height of the door and how it would hang. Ron did an amazing job, making sure to accurately measure the area where the door was to be built. Once the materials were bought, we were able to remeasure where the railing would be built, so we knew exactly what the height of the door should be.

 

Steps

 

Step 1

 

Planning and designing.

 

Ron measured the requirements for our barn door and sketched designs.

 

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Step 2

 

Materials and construction.

 

We gathered all the materials and tools as per the list above. 

 

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We built frames and panels.

 

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Step 3 

 

Puttying and sanding.

 

We added putty to the areas where nails could be seen and to smooth out any imperfections of the wood. Gap filler was also used for any noticeable bigger gaps in between panels. 

 

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Then we sanded for a smoother finish in readiness for painting.

 

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Step 4

 

Painting.

 

We then painted the door and roller rack guide with the Monarch paint brushes.

 

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Step 5 

 

Roller rack installation.

 

We installed the wood panel for the roller rack guide and then installed the roller rack.

 

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Step 6 

 

Installing door and custom-made bottom rail guide.

 

We used the Move It Dolly to first lift the barn door into position to attach to roller rack. From extra materials, we were able to build a custom-made bottom rail guide so that the barn door can remain in position when sliding right and left. Then we installed the barn door handles.

 

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Step 7

 

Floating wall shelf.

 

With extra wood we were able to create a floating shelf to add a little feature to our wall.

 

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Hope this helps for those wanting to do something similar. Please feel free to ask any questions and/or message us directly.

 

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Before and after

 

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Comments
Dave-1
Home Improvement Guru

Good Morning @buildwithroneth 

Now thats a nice looking door! Really like the reasoning behind putting the door in. I have been considering the same type of deal to partition the house so I dont need to heat/cool areas that arnt used as frequently. 

Your explanation on how to mount the door and the rail was perfect. Definently bumps it into the realm of doable :smile:

Thanks

 

Dave

buildwithroneth
Having an Impact

Thank you @Dave-1 

Apologies for the late reply. We've been overseas 🙂

Nailbag
Amassing an Audience

Great job @buildwithroneth nice attention to detail 👌

 

Nailbag

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