Vintage Sliding Door in the Dining Room

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!

Before After Vintage Sliding Barn Door

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.

Vintage Wood Door Before

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.

Behr Fish Pond High-Gloss Paint

Once we had the door, I started looking around for hardware that wouldn’t cost a fortune. I managed to find this kit on for only $111.00 on sale from $239.00 and within 2 days it was on my doorstep!interior-sliding-barn-door-kit-hardware-set-02-0689The 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.

Vintage Sliding Barn Door

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.

Sliding Door Installation Header

Sliding Door Installation Header

And after just a few nights of painting and measuring, it was done!

Vintage Sliding Barn Door

Painted Vintage Sliding Barn Door

Vintage Sliding Barn Door Glass Knob Key Tassle

Vintage Sliding Barn Door After

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!

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3 Replies to “Vintage Sliding Door in the Dining Room”

  1. That is a great idea have a bathroom door that opens up into my bathroom which is a very small bathroom to begin with I believe this will work for me and give me a lot more room in my bathroom I’m going to try it and alongside the bathroom is a utility closet so I decided that maybe two doors would be great so I’ll let you know how it turns out thank you very much for your great idea

    1. I’d love to see how it turns out!!

  2. Love it

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