Plywood barn door with mirror on one side, wallpaper on other

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Forum topic by arnib posted 12-16-2018 03:17 PM 469 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-16-2018 03:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: barn door track barn door question

I am trying to figure out how to make a single, minimalist, modern door to put on a barn door track to separate our hall (which contains bedroom entrances and a bathroom entrance) from the dining room (and also main entrance to the home). The track would be installed on the hall side of the doorway. The doorway measures 47” x 81 1/2” opening. There was supposed to be a split pocket door in this opening, but the builder “forgot” to do so and drywall has already been installed. Not to mention an outlet was put in the wall where the pocket should have been… (another story). So I am trying to still make the walkway for two of the bedrooms to the bathroom private from guests in the dining room area (which is also open to the kitchen and living room)—like a long tube with the opening to the hall in dead center.

Can I use a 4’ x 7’ (3/4” thick), single piece of MDF and do the following design/build: prime and wallpaper one side; hang a 22” x 65” mirror on the other side?

Track will support: 220 total pounds
Plywood (Sande from HomeDepot)(4×8x3/4): 70#
Mirror: 30#
So I should be fine with weight.

My concern is… will this flex, warp, or shatter the mirror?

I am planning to prime and paint the mirrored side, apply the mirror by drilling through it’s frame onto the plywood as if it was a “wall”.

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#1 posted 12-16-2018 04:45 PM

are you going to make the mirror full size to the door panel ?
the “full length” mirrors from Wal-Mart and such are very thin.
I have two of them attached to bedroom doors with drywall screws
with no issues with movement in 10 years.


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#2 posted 12-23-2018 12:55 AM

Thank you for responding. Yes, I was going to use a lower budget mirror, leave it in its frame and just screw it to the plywood with no adhesive. It will cover approximately 1/2 of the door.

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