DIY Distressed Sliding Barn Door

So sliding barn doors are everywhere these days. It used to be the case that if you wanted one you had to shell out some serious bucks. Even if you opted to make your own door, you still had to drop a lot of money on the hardware. Not anymore, there are actually a lot of affordable options for sliding hardware now and a lot of big box places even carry them in store. Lucky for me, this helped me get this idea off my Pinterest board and into our master!

sliding barn door

I am blessed to have an ensuite bathroom in our master, and it is a decent size but it is fairly narrow. The door opened into the bathroom right up against the shower which made it very crowded. It was also difficult to keep the door open to keep an ear out for my kids anytime I was in the shower. And the door would always shut while I was trying to get ready at the sink. I first saw a project like this on I Hate my Bath on HGTV a couple of years ago. I knew it would clear up a lot of these problems and make our narrow bathroom seem much larger. After enough begging, my husband finally gave in and helped me build the door.

To build the door, my husband bought 1 in. x 6 in. x 8 ft. common board from Home Depot. A good thing to know is that the actual measurements of these boards is .75 in. x 5.5 in. for when you are measuring out how large you want your door. Ours is 77" x 38" or seven boards wide. My husband is a "figure it out as you go man." I showed him some images of what I wanted and he went to work. For those of you who need a little more help than that these plans from Brandi Sawyer at Nest of Bliss will help you build a door that looks just like ours.

I wanted the door to look old and distressed like a real barn door, so we took a hammer to it and roughed it up. My husband took the hand saw and made some cool marks with that as well. Don't think too much about it if you want to do the same thing. Be random and don't be afraid.

To achieve that aged wood look I mixed my own stain. I used Minwax Wood Stain in Classic Gray and Special Walnut. I used a 5:1 ratio to mix them respectively. If you want an aged look you need a lot of the gray. Mix your stain in a separate cup. Just add a small amount of Special Walnut at a time and test out the color on scrap board. The color darkens the more you let it set on the wood, so play around and find the perfect shade before you commit to staining the whole door. I didn't use a pre-stain to treat the door. When you are going for an aged wood look, I find it better that the finish is uneven. It makes it look more natural.
staining a sliding door

If you are not into building your own door, and you have some money to drop on a project like this. Check out some of these built, stained and ready to hang doors from Amazon.
Dogberry Collections Mod-Z Barn Door - $722

Dogberry Collections Country Vintage Door - $623
Dogberry Collections Modern Slab Door - $796

We bought the TCBunny Sliding Door Hardware Closet Set Antique Style in black from Amazon for under $100. We found the instructions that came with the door are not that helpful. My husband decided to screw a 2 in. x 4 in. board into the wall at each stud. I painted it the color of the wall before we screwed it in. Then my husband hung the sliding door hardware on there. It is very secure and could hold a really heavy door. 
amazon sliding door hardware

I got my rustic looking pull from Menard's for under $5, but here is an option you could order right from Amazon that is very similar.


distressed barn door


distressed barn door

I am so happy with my door. It cleared up the space issue in my bathroom, and it adds a lot of character to our pretty basic bedroom. Can you think of a room that could benefit from a sliding door in your house?

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Revisiting My DIY Bathroom Update

I was fortunate enough to have my bathroom vanity makeover featured on Hometalk yesterday. In response, I received a lot of questions about the other items featured in the bathroom that I never shared with you, so I wanted to provide you with all the details today.



If you want to learn about the vanity project including the paint color and hardware visit my first bathroom post.

Originally, my plan was to hire an electrician to hang two separate lights over each sink and get two mirrors as well because I couldn't find one large fixture that I liked. Then our furnace went out in the middle of February and blew those plans out the window. So, I went on the hunt for a single light fixture again and landed on the Argenta 5 Light Vanity Light by Z-Lite. While this was a big investment, I saved money in the long run by not having to hire an electrician to split the wiring into two separate fixtures, not to mention, patching up the wall. My husband was able to install this himself without the help of a professional.

If you plan on installing a light yourself, definitely read over the manufacturers instructions carefully. Electricity is no joke. Make sure you are following all the safety instructions required for working with live wires.



Argenta 5 Light Vanity Light by Z-Lite

If I would have know that I would end up using a single light, I probably would have kept the large mirror up, but I had already taken it down to prepare for painting the bathroom, so I had to replace it. I got the mirror and the cute little boxwood plant from HomeGoods for under $50. The crate and jars on the counter came from Hobby Lobby.

For the color of the walls I chose Sherwin-Williams Alpaca. It is a warm neutral that complemented the tile on the floor, shower and tub surround well. This bath is an en suite to our bedroom, so I had to make sure all the colors I selected coordinated with the colors in there. We have really dark espresso furniture and ice blue accents along with walls in Sherwin-Williams Iceberg. That is why I went a little blue on the grey paint I selected for the vanity.

Since I am a big DIY fanatic, I have a great supply of brushes, tape, rollers, sandpaper, etc. that I have built up over the years. These are the actual items I had to buy for the bathroom update:

Vanity Paint $18
Hardware $30
Vanity Light $386 (Unfortunately, this is currently selling for a higher price now.)
Wall Paint $40
Mirror $40
Decor $30

Total Investment:$544

Thank you for all your comments and questions! It was so fun reading them all. I even enjoy reading the criticism on my project. I know my style isn't for everyone, and I can be a little strong in my opinions. It was a reminder to me that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I am fortunate to have all that I do.

And if you haven't ever visited Hometalk, you are missing out. It is a great place to find projects and inspiration for any part of your home or outdoor space. Check it out!

Dining Room - Before & After

It is reflection time again. I have shied away from sharing a before and after of my dining room because it is incomplete in my eyes. I still need some window treatments, wall hangings, a rug perhaps. But I am sick of waiting, and I want to share it with you because it is my happy place. Seriously, I sometimes just sit in my front room and stare at the dining room because it is so pretty and peaceful. 


The before pic is actually from our house's listing before we bought it back in September, and the furniture you see belonged to the former owner. We put down the hardwood before we moved in along with some taller baseboards, and I also seized the opportunity to paint under the chair rail while we were stripped down to subfloors. There is nothing that is less me than a warm toned red, and I knew it had to go even before I had any kind of vision for this room.

The walls were painted with Sherwin-Williams Hazel in late fall, and we installed the light from Menards shortly after. I inherited the main pieces for this room early this year and eventually painted the table and hutch which you might have seen before if you have been visiting Pretty Distressed for a while now. Most of the decor in the room along with the two end chairs are from HomeGoods, another happy place of mine.






While I love HGTV, there is no instant gratification in a real life makeover. I work on things as time and budget allows. I hope you, too, can take the time to enjoy your space where it is and not get hung up on where you want it to be some day. My dining room journey is not over, but I am still getting a lot of joy out of how far it has come. To be continued...

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Unfinished...

Yesterday, we had our first family gathering at our home to celebrate J-man's birthday and our house warming. I am embarrassed to tell you this is the first gathering we have had at our home since we moved in last September.

I know, what took me so long? Fear. The fear of what people would think of our home. If you have hung around this blog for a while now, you know we have done a lot of work on our house. It wasn't in the best shape when we purchased it, but we fell in love with the neighborhood and schools here. Luckily for me, my husband saw the potential in this place. After about seven months, I am finally getting to the point where I can look around my house and say that I love it. 

I am a really impatient person, so this whole process has been a real period of growth for me. During this time God has given me the great gift of looking at things in a new light. Seeing used decor or things I already have and turning them into something beautiful. Instead of praying for a windfall of money to come our way, He has taught me to roll up my sleeves and do some hard work myself. With that, came an opportunity to start writing about it.


While I know I am a long way from being a influential blogger in DIY and home decor, I have been encouraged by all the positive feedback I have gotten along with seeing my readership increase each week. So to all of you who take the time to read these posts, share comments, or even try to tackle a project yourself, I am so grateful for you.

Having all our family under our roof yesterday was a sobering reminder that in my mind my house will always be unfinished, but in reality our home is right where it needs to be. 


Foyer - Before & After

I look around my house sometimes, and all I can see are the mountains of projects I need to tackle. It is often hard for me to pause and reflect on just how far we have come on our journey of making this house a home. Today, I want to take the time to slow down and enjoy my foyer. 


foyer

Walls
Let's start with the walls. I wanted to brighten things up with a cool neutral, so I selected Sherwin Williams Pediment. This baby has been in the Pottery Barn Collection for a couple of seasons, and it is really beautiful and versatile. I used SW Emerald paint for this job since the foyer will take on a lot of heavy traffic. It is super durable and wipes up really well.

Flooring
The old flooring really chopped the house up- tile in the foyer, vinyl in the kitchen and carpet in the living, dining and family rooms. We selected Morning Star's Solid Antique Strand Handscraped Bamboo from Lumber Liquidators. This wood is really stunning, and the hand scraped aspect really gives it a rustic look. We also added new, taller baseboards.

Decor 
Thanks to my new found love of refinishing furniture, I was able to decorate this space without breaking the bank. The dresser is from Goodwill and the shutters were from my mom's garage. The metal orbs are from Hobby Lobby, and the rest of the items on the dresser are from HomeGoods. I didn't pay over $15 for any item. My bench and rug are also from Hobby Lobby, and I had those left over from our previous house. I also made the pillows myself.

foyer makeover

Never finished
I am hoping to eventually replace the chandelier in the foyer. I conveniently cropped it out of these photos. It is glass, brass, and ugly. I also plan on staining and painting the banister this fall once the weather warms up, and I can ventilate this puppy. But I refuse to dwell on any of that today. Today, I am enjoying my foyer and how far it has come!

Take some time today, and bask in one of your recent accomplishments. You deserve it!

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