On the estate we live, there are plenty of cool old barn doors - including some sliding ones. So when my mom called from an old abandoned acreage that my uncles farm around and asked if I wanted an awesome barn door, I told her I really didn't need her to haul one from Iowa all the way to Michigan for me. But THEN she texted me this picture:
I immediately called her back and screamed "I'LL TAKE IT!!!" Then blubbered in agreement over the gorgeous hardware.
Here is a picture of the back side of this neglected and dilapidated old barn - you can see a track laying on the ground from another sliding door if you look closely.
Here's a picture of the house that is barely still standing. I've gotten a few "treasures" out of that myself.
It was a very wide door and we only needed half it's size for the space so Dad cut it down to the size I wanted. We took it outside to remove all the dirt and then just in case there were any little buggers living in the wood, I gave it a major coating of bug killer spray. I know, not the best "green" option, but better than risking anything!
My mom sure gets a lot done for standing around with a coffee in her hand! :)
Here's the wall before we cut the door out:
Cutting out the doorway... using my much-less-free trick that you can see HERE.
And it's hung! The board that the track is on is original and I wanted to keep it so bad because I loved it's rustic chippy white paint but the crown moulding wouldn't quite fit with it so we had to take the track off. Look at my awesome parents... smiling and so proud of the door they brought for me. ;)
Now all I need is the perfect rug! Still searching. :)
We made a little latch by simply bending a nail. Don't want this to be a toy for the kids - how fun would some hyper children thing sliding this door right off the end would be! We put a big nail at the top of the track to stop that from happening too.... just in case!
Close up of this super cool old hardware!
One of the best parts of this? It didn't cost anything!!!! :)
Just the way I like it. Free.
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