My husband and I have been wanting a sliding door in the dining room for some time now. This door leads into our laundry room but because of the layout we had to close it once we were in the room in order to reach the washer and dryer, and with a basket of laundry in hand it got annoying after a while. But not anymore!
A few months ago we found this large vintage door for only $20 from a second-hand store and it ended up being the perfect size to cover the opening into the laundry room.
I wanted it to pop against our newly-painted white walls so I went with the color Fish Pond by Behr in a high-gloss. A tip when choosing paint finishes – the higher the sheen, the more durable and easier to clean but it also shows every imperfection, so if you want to hide those imperfections, go with a flat or matte sheen. For this project I really wanted to emphasize every scratch and gouge in the door so high-gloss was the way to go.
Once we had the door, I started looking around for hardware that wouldn’t cost a fortune. I managed to find this kit on Wayfair.ca for only $111.00 on sale from $239.00 and within 2 days it was on my doorstep!The installation was actually fairly quick once I had all my measurements in place. The only obstacle we encountered was drilling new holes into the sliding rail so that we could line up the bolts with the studs in the wall. We’ve come to learn that our 56 year old house doesn’t play by the rules so a stud finder came in very handy.
Next, we removed the existing header from the door and replaced it with a six foot piece of wood for the rail system to be attached to.
And after just a few nights of painting and measuring, it was done!
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. I’ll be back sometime next week to show you the final pics of the dining room!