Our builder wanted to charge us a couple hundred dollars to have a door from our master bedroom to the bathroom. Otherwise, it would just be an opening. There was no way I was paying to have another basic door like the rest of the house. Having a door open into the bathroom from the bedroom would be a waste of space too. I opted to leave it as an opening and I would add my own barn door later. The barn door would save space and be way cuter!
(Don’t laugh at my bathroom mirror. We are in the middle of putting shiplap on the wall behind the mirror. So for now, it is just sitting there.)
I started looking for barn doors and hardware. I could not decide what style I wanted, from the door to the hardware. I looked for months trying to find the perfect style and price. Well, I found pieces of what I wanted here and there but they were way over priced. Then one day I was at my second home, Home Depot. Strolling the aisles I came across their selection of barn doors. I found this Masonite Knotty Alder “Z” barn door. It needed some adjustments but I knew I could make it work. At $499 for the door and hardware, I was sold! Plus, I had a coupon. We loaded up this bad boy and brought it home to get to work. I loved the planks and face of the door. I didn’t love the knotty alder wood. The door comes unfinished so you can paint or stain it. I knew I wanted it white. Shocker! I did not want all the knots to show up so I filled them with wood filler. One side at a time. Once it was dry, I sanded them down smooth. Now, we had a nice smooth wood surface to paint.
I got out my favorite spray can primer, KILZ. I attached my spray gun nozzle (so my finger wouldn’t die) and started spraying. I used the same method as in my video tutorial. After the primer dried, I gave it a fine sanding with 180 grit sandpaper. I flipped the door over and did the same thing to the other side. I used a compressor to blow off all the dust from sanding. I also took a clean rag and wiped down both sides really well. Now I was ready to paint.
I really wanted to use Krylon spray paint for the door too. It is just so easy and quick to use. However, I decided to match the paint with the other doors and trim. Sherwin Williams was having their big 40% off paint sale. Talk about good timing. I grabbed a gallon of semi-gloss “High Reflective White.” I do have a paint sprayer but I hardly ever use it. It is a lot of work and sometimes just a pain. It had to be done, so I busted it out. I even made a little video, just for fun.
I got a 1×4 solid wood primed header piece to attach the hardware and door to the wall. I sprayed the header while I was spraying the door. I did not love the handle that came with the door. I found this one at Lowe’s that matched our house better. Our awesome contractor hung the door for us and I am loving it!