Distressed Knotty Alder Sliding Barn Door

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Project by Porter Barn Wood posted 03-08-2013 01:50 PM 21621 views 14 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a door we constructed/installed for a customer that wanted a very specific look. They showed us a picture from a hardware manufacturer’s website and wanted to make a very similar door. The door is made of new, kiln dried knotty alder and is a total thickness of 1.75″. There is a mixture of distressing and finishing techniques used. The finish itself is lacquer. The hardware came from the online supplier. The total dimension of the door is 42″x96″ and is on an 8ft track. You can see more pictures of the door on my website

-- Thomas Porter - Porter Barn Wood

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#1 posted 03-08-2013 02:00 PM

Ok I can say I have never seen that application in an interior door before! Nice job on the door.

-- Mark, Newton, NC.

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#2 posted 03-08-2013 03:42 PM

Amazing, my wife and I just decided a week ago that we’re going to do the same exact sliding barn door treatment to some new construction we’re doing this spring. We’re going to use it for an office door. I am interested in the brand of hardware or the website where you found it. We’ve found some amazingly overpriced hardware so I’m always looking for an alternative.
Thanks, and what a beautiful door. I like the look very much.

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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#3 posted 03-08-2013 03:47 PM

I used hardware from Tractor Supply and painted it black with Rustoleum. Much less expensive than the stuff you find in the “decorator” aisle. This is actual barn door hardware. Works great.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#4 posted 03-08-2013 05:43 PM

That is sweet! Why hide door like that in the wall with a pocket? Well done.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#5 posted 03-09-2013 12:58 AM

very nice,it turned out great.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#6 posted 03-10-2013 01:40 AM

That’s a great project. I also want to make a similar sliding door for my front hall closet. I’ll check your source for haredware, for sure.

-- “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

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#7 posted 03-10-2013 01:48 AM

We usually make our own hardware, but in this case the customer wanted a very particular look. It was decent hardware.

-- Thomas Porter - Porter Barn Wood

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#8 posted 03-12-2013 01:17 PM

Looks fantastic! Like the look very much, the knots and finish on the door add some character to it. Amazing work!

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#9 posted 12-03-2014 04:26 AM

Is the use of sliding door better that of standard door and bi-fold type doors? Are they also consider as organize and space save door? I have this small bedroom and the normal normal door installed has a space of at least 130 degree angle when open, that means it consumed some space behind the door and so I use it to hide some shoe racks and broom sticks instead, but for me I felt to little space I have in my bed. I find this sliding door a so I am kinda thinking that this is best type of door than of usual stuff we know. Similar to the photo above, there is good ambiance on a bed room with wider vicinity and that makes that sliding door produce virtual space.

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