Right now, there is no bigger trend in interior design than the rustic, out-in-the-country look. There are so many reasons why rustic design has become a big deal. For one thing, it reminds us of simpler times, and for another, you can use reclaimed materials in your DIY design projects—which saves time and money. Finally, it looks downright awesome.
Speaking of reclaimed materials, there is one very special supply I want to focus on today—barn doors!
Barn doors can be incorporated into your decor throughout your home. You can use one to replace the door to your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, or any other room in your house. That is of course the most obvious thing to do with them—but it is not the only option! You can also use them in other far more surprising ways—like to design a headboard for your bed, or even just for accenting.
Barn doors aren’t just pretty to look at—they are also the practical choice in many situations where you do not have room for a door that swings open and closed.
Before I jump into the projects and tutorials, you are probably wondering where you can purchase a barn door to use in your projects.
Well, if you are super lucky, you might just find one that you can upcycle at an abandoned old barn. But if you are not so fortunate, you will find that you can purchase barn doors both online and offline.
Offline, check stores like the Home Depot or Lowe’s. Online, try Amazon, World Market, or even Etsy. You can also just use Google product search and pull up a ton of shopping results around the web.
Don’t forget that you do not have to buy a readymade barn door—you can also construct one your own from the ground up. This is a great way to customize the look so you get exactly what you want.
Now let’s check out some projects that can help you transform your home so that it looks like an adorable country farmhouse! The majority of these are sliding barn door projects in the strict sense, but I also will include a few other sliding door projects which are inspired by the concept.
1. Distressed Wood Barn Door in the Master Bedroom
Just look at that gorgeous paint job! It has a beautiful weathered look, and really brings some character to the master bedroom. If you check the source link, you can read a full tutorial which will teach you how to install a door like this. The detail in this guide is awesome!
2. Another Beautiful Sliding Barn Door
Initially, apparently this was an odd little alcove in a kitchen that once upon a time held a hearth. After a comprehensive kitchen remodeling project however, it was totally transformed—and doesn’t it look spectacular? Check out the post to find out how it was done!
3. Closet Barn Door
This project is remarkable for a couple of reasons. The first is the massive transformation of the space. If you check the source link, you’ll discover that originally there was nothing fronting this closet but a curtain! Now there’s a gorgeous barn door here instead. The other thing I love is that corrugated metal! What a unique material!
4. Kitchen Barn Door Divider Project
Have one of those houses where the kitchen and the dining room are attached—or two other spaces you wish were a little more separate? One great way of dividing them is to install a sliding barn door! The link below will teach you all you need to know to install one of your own.
5. Double Sliding Barn Door
While one sliding barn door can have a great look, another beautiful idea is to combine two sliding barn doors! Find out how it is done at the source link below.
6. Chevron Barn Door
This project is an awesome one because the door was constructed entirely from scratch, and the finished result looks amazing! This is actually a two-part tutorial—learn how to build the door in the first link, and how to install it in the second link.
7. Laundry Room Barn Door
Here is a lovely barn door installed as the door to a laundry room. The tutorial is well worth checking out, and I also advise that you read the introduction at the top, which has some rare down-to-earth DIY advice and perspective. It’s awesome to see someone who is being really honest about their DIY experiences. Kudos to Jenna Sue Design!
8. Double Bookcase Barn Doors
Here is a project which is a little different from the rest. Instead of building barn doors to separate one room from another, this intrepid DIYer came up with the cool idea of building barn doors for a bookcase. The white paint does a great job showing off the surrounding collection of dishware. Check out the three part series on how they were made!
9. A Splash of Color
Speaking of color contrasts, here is another very unique barn door project. This door, installed in the master bedroom, has a bright sunny yellow color, contrasting beautifully with the whites and neutral tones which dominate the rest of the room. It just goes to show, rustic design doesn’t mean you always have to stick with subtle natural hues!
10. Low Cost Barn Door and Barn Door Track
Hoping to build a barn door, but finding yourself struggling with the budgeting aspect of the project? You’re not the only one. This creative blogger put off a sliding barn door project for years before she finally found a way that she could do it on a small budget. Take a look at her post to find out how you too can make a sliding barn door without breaking the bank.
11. Another Lovely Simple Barn Door Project
While I have showed you some more unusual barn door projects, sometimes the most beautiful projects are those with the most classic appeal.
12. Super Simple Barn Door
Speaking of simple, here is another tutorial which you will love if you are looking for a relatively easy project. Some people are surprised by just how involved a barn door project can be, and here is one which is perfect for beginners and which has a lovely result.
13. Go with a more contemporary vibe.
Who says you have to go with a rustic look just because you are using a barn door in your décor? Here is a very cool project which you can build for just $50, and unlike most of the others on this list, it would fit in well with any modern décor. The simple design of the doors and the polished, shining metal of the tracks makes for a completely different ambiance.
14. Another Project With a Contemporary Look
Here is another barn door which has a more contemporary vibe. It also stands out because of the high contrast between the white paint and the orangey wood. You can see these same colors repeated elsewhere in the décor, so it really has an eye-catching effect.
15. Another Yellow Barn Door
If you liked the yellow barn door I shared earlier in the master bedroom, you will also love this kitchen barn door which is also painted a bold and surprising shade of yellow. Notice the cool blue paint in the room behind it—this makes for a nice contrast with the warm yellow hue.
16. Make a Barn Door and Track Using Plumbing Pipes
Here is another gorgeous yellow barn door—but what really stands out about this project is the hardware used for the track. If you have already skimmed through some of the other tutorials I have shared, you know that the hardware for barn doors often costs more than the doors themselves. But if you build your own tracks out of plumbing pipes, you can save a lot of money.
17. Distressed Wood Double Barn Door
Unfortunately there is no tutorial for this one, but this is an image which I see has made its rounds online. It is easy to appreciate why. These barn doors with their distressed wood are absolutely gorgeous, and do a lovely job framing this space!
18. Another Beautiful Chevron Barn Door
Earlier in this list, I shared a tutorial with you to learn how to build a barn door with a chevron pattern to the wood. Here is another tutorial which teaches you how to do the same thing. What I love about this door is the way that different colors of wood were used. This forms a great contrast and really emphasizes the chevron pattern.
19. Sliding Screen Door
I am always really inspired when I see someone do something different with a simple idea. This clever crafter came up with the brilliant notion of creating a sliding screen door instead of a typical barn door.
20. Cute Kitchen Barn Door with Horseshoe
Everything about this dining room is awesome! But what really grabs the eye right off the top is the sliding barn door leading to the kitchen. The white paint complements the minty green paint on the walls, but still provides a slight contrast, and there is a stark contrast between the white door and the dark metal of the track. And then there is the horseshoe—one of those little details that goes a long way toward creative a country atmosphere!
21. Green Barn Door
Here is a kind of inverted version of the color scheme I shared above. But instead of a white door and green walls, here we have white walls and a green door! Once again, this is a lovely contrast, and the distressed paint looks phenomenal.
22. Factory Loft Barn Door Transformation
Here is an interior design job in a converted factory loft which is just gorgeous! I love how the materials and design of the barn door actually draw emphasis to the high factory loft ceiling, incorporating both homey and industrial influences.
23. Make This Sliding Door For Less Than $40
Okay, so I am not sure that this qualifies as a sliding barn door so much as just a sliding door … but you can make it for under $40, making it a great budget project. Plus, if you try it out (or even just study it), you will learn a lot of construction principles you can use in a more traditional barn door project.
24. Here’s Another Inexpensive Way to Install a Sliding Barn Door
This is an image that I’ve seen circulating Pinterest and DIY sites quite a bit. More than a few said that there was no tutorial available, but it turns out there is one now, and you can find it at the source link below. Check it out if you are on a budget and are looking for a cheaper way to install a sliding barn door in your home.
25. Sliding Barn Doors in Renovated Rancher Home
These distressed wood barn doors are located inside a beautifully renovated rancher home. I love how not just the doors, but the entire space has a rustic look to it!
26. Bright and Bold Sliding Barn Door
If you like the bright yellow doors I have shared thus far, but you want something even bolder and more eye-catching, you will fall in love with this bright orange sliding kitchen door! Take a look at the post to pick up some great tips on the hardware you need to complete a project like this.
27. Traditional Door Sliding Barn Door Project
If you like the idea of a sliding barn door, but you’re not sure you want an actual barn door, you may like this alternative. The door is constructed and installed the exact same way, but it uses a simple traditional door instead. This option can complement any décor, whether rustic or modern!
28. Vintage Sliding Barn Door Pantry Makeover
While many barn door projects look a lot alike, here is one that also stands out from the crowd because it has some unique features which set it apart. You have to love the metal screen—and the hardware, which includes meathooks of all things to hold the assembly together. When the door is opened, a light comes on automatically, which is also cool.
29. Sliding Barn Door With Diamond Window
This barn door would have a pretty typical look for it, save for one distinguishing feature which makes it unique. It has a beautiful diamond window set right in the middle. This changes the whole appearance of the door in a really dramatic way, and adds some extra flair!