When did I first get drawn to Industrial Rustic design? It was really by mistake I think, when we were first renovating our house. I saw some white washed bricks that I knew I wanted for my backslash and then hopefully the entire wall in my dining room.
Then, when we went to pick out lighting, we saw the Industrial line that Pottery Barn had at that time, and it evolved from there.
Well, after the Shed was built I was hooked…I can’t get enough! But what do you do to bring the look into each room?
One thing at a time…”If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door” Milton Berle
Since we moved to my Mom’s house, I always wanted to make barn doors for the office entry. We had never made Barn Doors so we put it on the back burner. Then a friend of mine was opening a store, “Gypsy Sunset”, in Murrieta, ” She approached us to see if we would build her two Rustic Barn Doors for her store and of course we said… let’s do it.
Using distressed wood,which was extremely challenging, we set off to build Kathleen her dream doors. It took us awhile to get the distressed wood to square up so the doors would hang straight. Then with lots of cleaning and sanding, and heavy layers of Min Wax, the results were, WOW! They were gorgeous.
Well after that we knew we would eventually do our French Doors. Our house has white mill work through out, so although I Love the Natural Wood, it wouldn’t look right in our house. So we painted them white and added the Black Hardware. They were perfect for our Home!
Next was our Master Bathroom door that didn’t exist. In the future I’ll be doing an entire blog on our bathroom renovation. It was something!
Our Bedroom didn’t have a doorway let alone a door so we had to create a doorway with a header. The Bathroom was really part of the Bedroom. I know many people have the same issue. This could be the answer for you.
So finally, the privacy we have always wanted for our outdated Master Bath was achieved with the Industrial Farmhouse design we love.
Barn Doors are an incredible way to make a Big statement. You have to make sure you have the support to hold the weight of the door and the room on each side to slide your door. Hanging wasn’t as hard as you think.. Watched a lot of U tube videos. Ordered the hardware online pretty inexpensively, just do your homework.
Working with Reclaimed lumber to up cycle is usually free and although working with it can be fun, it comes with challenges.
- Do not bring home wood with termite damage! Do not even work with it. Even if you treat it with a pesticide I personally would not want compromised wood as a door.
- You also need to really clean the wood first then sand it to get out the imperfections. You cannot use warped wood. The doors must hang straight. ( Wear a mask when working with old Fencing, especially during sanding)
- The finish is so important. I love working with Min Wax and did several layers on these doors. Brings out the gorgeous grain of the wood. But if you can get past all that…look at the results! It really is worth it!
Barn Doors may seem like a daunting task, we never thought we could make one either. If it isn’t something you want to take on, contact us. If you are local to our area in Southern California, we may be able to build one for you, depending on the wood, design and finish you are looking for. We would love to collaborate!
If you have your own Barn Door story, Let me know under comments and send Pics!!
Oh and Check out Gypsy Sunset! Super Cute Clothing Boutique on Washington St in Murrieta, Ca.
Link for Gypsy Sunset: https://www.gypsysunset.com