Barn Wood Closet Doors

Oh you guys!! I have such a fun project for you today! As you know I have been working on my boys room – but as I was almost done, I had an idea that just wouldn’t go away and one thing led to another and I decided that they needed closet doors – but since their room is rustic and fun regular ole’ closet doors just wouldn’t do – so I built barn wood closet doors and I am pretty much in la la love!

barn doors for the closet (57) copy

barn doors for the closet (55) copy

I love the Tee hinges and the contrast of the gray rustic wood and the white trim.

barn doors for the closet (54) copy

I also love the contrast of the wood with the bright colors in their room and all the colors of their toys and clothing in their closets.

barn doors for the closet (59) copy

I used the same hardware pulls on the closet doors that I used for their dresser. I love the rustic look of them.

barn doors for the closet (68) copy

barn doors for the closet (58) copy

barn doors for the closet (63) copy

Are you as in love as I am?

When we moved into our home we had to take out all the closet doors and remodel all the closets. We made the decision then to keep the closet doors off – but now I just want to hide all the junk! Okay… so not really junk more like their clothes and toys. Since we wanted open closets at first I had to build the doors from the ground up – including the new door jamb.

I’ll show you how to build a door jamb later this week, but for now let’s talk about barn doors!

Make Your Own Barn Wood Closet Doors:barn doors for the closet (70) copy

I used 1×6’s and 1×4’s at 8 feet – I was lucky and my closet was perfect for 4 1×6’s and two 1×4’s without having to cut anything down. I also cut 4 cross pieces for each door at 29 1/8” long.

If you do math you will have added up that I have an extra 1/8 on my cross piece. I spaced out my 1×6’s and 1×4’s to cover it.

barn doors for the closet (32) copy

My closet measures just over 79” so I cut all my boards to my measurement and using a level, lined them all up. You want them as square as possible.

barn doors for the closet (33) copy

I measured my door jam and hinges on each side and measured where they would hit on the door and tired to center my cross pieces on each side for the hinge.

barn doors for the closet (34) copy

After I had my measurements and drew my line, I used gorilla glue to glue across the boards…

barn doors for the closet (36)

Then pin nailed them into place. I put two nails in each board.

barn doors for the closet (37) copy

Since I was using large hinges that aren’t really made for interior door frames, I had to cut out a little bit of the door to make room for the hinge. I set my circular saw to the correct depth and cut in on both sides… okay, okay… actually Spencer did it for me!

barn doors for the closet (40) copy

barn doors for the closet (44) copy

Spencer is waaaayy better at math than I am so he also marked where my hinges should go! Here you can see how the hinge fits perfect in the piece we cut out.

barn doors for the closet (47) copy

After my marks were made, I drilled little tiny pilot holes so I would have them marked after sanding and staining.

barn doors for the closet (48) copy

When everything was marked on the front side, I flipped the door over and screwed the back cross braces on. I cut the back pieces to be a half and inch smaller than my door to create a clearance for the door jamb. I glued and screwed them in so they would be more secure and sturdy.

barn doors for the closet (50) copy

I puttied and sanded and was ready for stain! To match their room and because it is my new favorite color, I used classic gray by Minwax.

barn doors for the closet (52) copy

barn doors for the closet (53) copy

When everything was dry, I hung them up… and fell in love! I used a magnetic clasp to keep the doors closed and attached the pulls. I installed the pulls a little higher than normal for two reasons: I think they look better up a touch higher and I have a two year old!

barn doors for the closet (56) copy

barn doors for the closet (64) copy

barn doors for the closet (61) copy

barn doors for the closet (71) copy

I love a room with a fun personality aspect and these totally do the trick! If you love them as much as I do, I would love if you would pin them!

Have a great Monday!

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  1. The barn doors are really cool! Love this project!
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  2. Those doors are amazing! I want them all throughout my house!

  3. WOW these are the most beautiful doors ever! Pinned!
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  4. Your doors turned out awesome!

  5. These turned out GREAT! So much better than what you can purchase readymade at the store. We put some very similar in our daughters room and white-washed them. GREAT job! ~Beth
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  6. I love how your doors turned out! Great tutorial as well.

  7. These look amazing! I love how they look with the board and batten!!
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  8. OMG, those doors are gorgeous! You did a beautiful job. Love how rustic they are, perfect for a boys’ room.
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  9. Love these doors! I’m pinning!
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  10. I’m SO in love with these doors! You guys did an awesome job and I pretty much want them on every closet in my house haha. Pinned!
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  11. I love this project! We have taken off a lot of our kids closet doors too and I want the mess to go away! This would be perfect for my son’s room. Pinning and sharing on my FB page later today 🙂
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  12. These turned out amazing, Amanda! I love the color stain you chose. So pretty!
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  13. I am very impressed with the detail that you have put into this article. I am going to share this with my DIY barn door readers. I am sure the would love how you laid everything out so nicely. I will be linking to this article in my next post. Thanks!
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  14. My daughter loves everything to do with farm and country living. I think that these country style doors would be right up her alley. It is really neat how the door is lightly painted, so that you can get a real feel for the true texture of the door. It is just like a real barn door. The different tones of brown add an accessibility towards texture that would otherwise not occur with a single flat color scheme.

  15. I am in love with the doors you were able to make! They have such a rustic feel to them, like they will transport you right to a country meadow. I’m going to have to look into getting timber doors for my own house, because they would fit in perfectly with my rustic country vibe.

  16. I love how you used reclaimed barn wood to make decorative doors in your home. I think that barn wood, really adds a cute French country look to your home’s appearance. It is really cool to see what can be done with barn wood as it is re-purposed into new functioning features.

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