Modern Take on the Barn Door Look

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Interior Designer Denver ColoradoI recently completed this project and am so pleased with the results. It’s unlike most Beautiful Habitat projects that I feature here in that it is a design for my own home. This makes it part Beautiful Habitat “work” and part DIY project. To be fair, The design was all me, the build was all my husband. I’m so happy that he’s handy!

First, let’s define the goals of the project.

  1. We are incredibly blessed to live with dedicated open space behind our home. Privacy is not an issue, and we also have great views. Therefore, we want something that can provide some privacy, light and heat control, but still provide some visibility.
  2. We have a more modern or urban aesthetic, yet lifestyle of the suburbs. We enjoy creating ways to urbanize our suburban home.
  3. Both as an Interior Designer, but also as an individual, I am drawn to unique things and I especially wanted an original and creative way to treat the standard sliding glass door.

The Project:
The first and most important step is always a good design plan. This included a number of sketches to work out the design and the measurements. The door had to be large enough to completely cover the sliding door and window above, 6′ W x 8′ H.

One of the longest parts of the process was staining the boards, particularly because a bitter cold front moved through Colorado, forcing me to move the staining into the basement… We also went with a 2 step staining to get the warmth and aged-look we wanted.

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Next came the layout and actual build.

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Interior Design Broomfield ColoradoThe door is done! Now time to get it hung…


We chose hardware from a company called Real Sliding Door Hardware.

We made the door handle from pieces of plumbing pipe found at any hardware store.

  1. It followed the urban and industrial aesthetic that we wanted
  2. Because the door is 6’x8′, the handle needed to be substantial to feel balanced with the door size. Finding a substantial handle is difficult. Finding one that doesn’t cost a fortune is nearly impossible.

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On to hanging… This was the most stressful part of the project!

Interior Decorator Boulder ColoradoCustom Interior Design ColoradoOnce the hardware was up, it was time to stain again. Why didn’t I stain this with the other boards? The cold Colorado weather prevented me from staining in the garage. The 12′ L of this board prevented it from going down to the basement. Therefore, staining in place was the best option.

Modern Barn Door Is Complete and hung!!

Modern Interior Design Denver ColoradoAbove, the door is closed.

Urban Design Boulder ColoradoAnd a view with the door open.

Urban Decor Denver ColoradoAnd partially open. Maximum functionality here!

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I hope you’ve been inspired to think out of the box in your home! What project would you like to try?

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  1. June 11, 2012 cassie

    I love your Idea ! I am having a series of 3-4 panels made for myself. but i would like to know….where did you get the track hardware from?

  2. June 14, 2012 beautifulhabitat

    Hi Cassie. I got the hardware from Real Sliding Hardware. You can find them here:
    Thank you for visiting.

  3. March 6, 2015 cristy

    What a great idea! I very much love it! Good job!

  4. June 1, 2016 Barry

    The wife and I love the design. How did you attach the boards to each other? Thank you.

    • June 3, 2016 beautifulhabitat

      Hi Barry,
      Thank you and thank you for checking out our project! There are 3 vertical boards along the back side of the door. The horizontal boards were all attached to these 3 vertical boards. The barn door hardware is attached at the outer two of these vertical boards. I hope that helps.

  5. September 15, 2016 Abi


    I was thinking of doing something similar for my condo. The sliding glass door makes me a bit nervous for safety reasons and loved the idea of a barn door as a window treatment that could also deter intrusions. How much did this cost you to make, roughly?


    • September 18, 2016 beautifulhabitat

      Thank you for stopping by and your comment. The barn door made a great solution for our sliding door. I hope it’s an option for you as well. Because this was a project for my own home, I did not keep cost records like I would for a clients’ design project. And unfortunately it has been several years since we did that and I do not remember the overall cost. Based on my experience in various home projects, I estimate the costs for materials is in the range of $2000-$2500. A big chunk of that will be the sliding hardware, which is quite expensive. Best of luck with your project!


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