How To Make An Interior Wooden Door

I am slowly plugging away at finishing my husband’s office. You may remember my inspiration board here. Part of the reason it’s taking so long is that I have a very finicky client… ahem.. 😉 He hasn’t decide what type of chair or couch he wants and whether or not he wants bookshelves on the walls. So while I “patiently” wait for him to decide, I am going to start sharing some of the other aspects of his office that are done.

He wanted an industrial look for his office so I knew I wanted to have a unique wood door. I checked out some actual barn doors from a reclaimed barn wood store but those doors were in pretty rough shape. I’m pretty sure they still had years of cow poo stuck on them so I decided against the “actual” barn door. I figured I could make a pretty simple door for not that much money. Below are some plans I made up to make this door. In the end it cost about $45

The first thing you need to do is decide how big you want your door. My husband wanted to keep his door open 90% of the time, and he didn’t want it in the actual door frame. So this door is about an inch larger than the door opening. 

I bought a piece of quarter inch thick wood from Home Depot and they can cut it right there to match the size you want. I also bought the trim pieces there. I chose common board because it’s cheap and I didn’t mind all the knots in the wood. Those pieces are 1/2 inch thick and 4 inches wide. 

I chose this simple trim pattern but you could easily do an X or other pattern you like. I did the trim pieces on both sides of the door. I bought these handles from Hobby Lobby when they were half off and the hinges (that were attached to the inside of the door frame) from that reclaimed barn store. You can find old hinges like that all over. Here is a place that has some cool options. A door like this could easily be used with a barn door hardware kit like this or this, if you want it to be a sliding door.

Before I hung the door, I stained it with Early American Minwax Stain. I used two coats of stain and then when that dried, I finished by rubbing on some furniture wax to give it a subtle sheen. 

I just love this door. It’s so much more interesting than all of the other white doors in our house 🙂

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