We bought our 1978 mid-century modern home this past summer after instantly falling in love with the unique style and 1/3 of an acre lot, unheard of in town.
Spending all summer working on the deck and covered patio, painting the exterior of our home, and a few small changes inside have kept us busy.
Here is a video I made before the demo of the closet and how we flipped the entrance to the closet to the other side of the wall creating a pantry just next to the refrigerator now. Yes, I am freaking out on how much space I have, I can SEE what I have and what I need and I just love this door so much.
The before walk to the “pantry”: https://bit.ly/2LD071S
The weeks turned into months and the lack of storage in our kitchen that seemed inconvenient at the time was now becoming frustrating as we were using gorilla racks in an entry-way closet for our pantry.
We like to use as many quality recycled items as possible in our home improvement projects, and this time we ended up re-purposing pre-finished wood left over from another project.
I have to admit that due to the size of the barn door, the hardest part was getting it onto the track and adjusting the track to make it nice and even!
After we ran electricity into the pantry for a light and a plug in for the floor sweeper, we put in long dark grey tile on the floor and the painted white wood shelving was installed.
We wrapped the frame in the same stained wood that we used for the frame and accents on the door itself, and put the finishing touches on the door.
The barn door came together easily, we lined up the wood pieces running vertical, and connected them to two pieces of woo running vertical on their back to keep them straight.
Being mindful of not wanting the door to be heavier than it needed to be, we ran a stained wood frame and accent pieces on the front, then it was time for hardware.
We have priced the sliding barn door hardware (track, brackets, handles) locally and have found Amazon has the best prices hands down.
It took two of us to get the door on and level, adjusting the brackets so the door slides smoothly back and forth.
And then it was time to get all of our pantry items off the gorilla racks (which had a temporary home in our front living room lol) and finally have it all out of sight and behind a beautiful wood barn door.
I am loving it, and it coordinates perfectly with our farmhouse kitchen table, white chairs and long white church pew in the dining room. The pew is inside for the winter and might stay as we love the extra seating!
The next remodel will be a teeny laundry space that also needs a sliding barn door so the door does not swing in, but stay along the outer wall. We found that door at the Habitat for Humanity store recently for $10 and it’s a beautiful white painted vintage door. The hardware just arrived so I am pretty sure I know what we are doing this weekend!
Thank you as always for reading friend, I appreciate you so much!
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