Things You Can Do With a Reclaimed Barn Door
A reclaimed barn door can be more than a functional addition to your home—it can also help enhance your decor if you're looking for that rustic, farmhouse look. If you're looking to use a reclaimed barn door but unsure how to do so, here are 11 ideas to inspire you.
First, Clean It Up
You’ll likely need to clean your old door before you bring it into your home. Dutch Boy offers some tricks on how to clean up and get a reclaimed barn door ready for reuse. You can watch a video of the process and see step-by-step instructions here.
Use it as a Room Divider
A single, sliding reclaimed barn door makes an excellent room divider. Use it between the kitchen and dining room or living room and mudroom. This single-door hanging kit is easy to install and comes with everything you need to hang the door. If you happen to come across a hatch door, here’s how you can turn it into a beautiful hatch door table easily!
Add a Handle For the Right Look
The right handle on a reclaimed barn door adds style as well as function. For a rustic, yet industrial look, try this pipe-style handle.
Turn it Into a Table
A reclaimed barn door makes an excellent table. Whether used as a dining table indoors or out, a reclaimed barn door table is unique and timeless. Learn how to build a simple reclaimed wood table in this awesome video.
Create a Headboard
A refinished reclaimed barn door makes an excellent headboard for your bed. Rustica Hardware offers this step-by-step guide that makes it a DIY project! According to Rustica Hardware, “Even if the hinges are stripped or the handle is broken, there’s still plenty of stylish use you can get from a repurposed door—like reclaiming and reusing one to make a new, one-of-a-kind rustic barn door headboard for your bed,” the website says. When you’re ready to hang it, this headboard mounting hardware has a sturdy, interlocking design that allows it to be repeatedly installed and separated, while never letting furniture slip.
Use a reclaimed barn door to hide a laundry area. Whether your laundry is in a dedicated laundry room, in a guest bath or in a closet, a barn door can hide unsightly piles of dirty clothes, towels and linens .
As a Window Treatment
A reclaimed barn door makes a unique window treatment. Instead of curtains or blinds, try this project from The Home Depot Blog. If you don’t have a barn door to cut to size, you can make these window treatments with two sheets of sanded birch plywood. Carry your beer in style with this DIY reclaimed barn wood caddy.
Double Half Barn Doors
Instead of standard double doors, try double half barn doors. Keep the top half open to keep an eye on happenings in the other room, or close them completely for privacy.
Use It as a Front Door
Try using a reclaimed barn door to up your home’s curb appeal. It will likely need to be resized and stained or painted, so be sure to use products that is designed for exterior use and can stand up to the elements. Give your reclaimed barn door a fresh look with this whitewash technique.
No Door? No Problem!
Like the look of reclaimed barn doors but you don’t have a door? This luxury pine wood sliding barn door isn’t reclaimed, but it does include the hardware to hang it in your home, along with a handle. It comes ready-to-assemble with pre-drilled mounting holes and a bottom-groove guide.
Make Your Own Rustic Barn Door!
Family Handyman shows you how to start with new wood and turn it into an authentic-looking rustic barn door. Here are complete instructions for how to make your own DIY rustic barn door and hardware.