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02.17.11 / Can You Handle It?

Have you had enough of the DIY sliding barn door yet?  Okay, I promise this is the last post devoted to it.  I just wanted to share a few finishing touches we’ve added – some handles.  Handy Hubby added this steel pull to the bedroom side of the sliding door.  I think it’s actually meant to be a drawer pull but we liked the modern, simple lines of it and the flat black finish goes well with the track.  And the less than $10 price tag wasn’t too bad either.

The bathroom side of the barn door posed a slight problem.  Since the door was mounted onto the outside {bedroom side} of the bathroom doorway, there wasn’t enough room for a standard handle that would stick out from the door…it would have banged into the door frame and kept the door from opening/closing properly…not to mention ding up the frame I just painted.  We needed something that wouldn’t protrude from the door.  Handy Hubby found this recessed door handle for less than $5.  He simply routed out a ‘well’ to place and screw the flush pull into.  It works perfectly!

Notice how the recessed handle doesn’t sit right at the edge of the door.  There are 2 reasons for this:  1) the screws for the pull handle on the other side of the door are there and 2) we wouldn’t be able to reach the recessed handle from the bathroom side of the door when it was completely shut. {There is a small overlap so that the door covers the door frame moulding on the bedroom side of the doorway.}

So, finally, our barn door is fully functional and D-O-N-E.  Going to the bathroom has never been more fun.

FYI – I was not compensated in any way for this post.  I just love sharing stuff we find and DIY!

images:  all Dana Miller for House*Tweaking



Hi I am new to your site, but love the barn sliding door to your bathroom !! Thanks for all of the great information. I plan on trying out some of the branch ideas from yesterday too !!!!


Hey, I loved your house Dana, and I just featured your blog on my Brazilian blog: eumoraria.blogspot.com ok?
Congratulations on your wonderful house! I´m so inspired!


Actually, I can’t get enough of the sliding barn door — It’s just too amazing for words! The finishing touches look wonderful as well.


Katie – Thanks. I thought I may have scared everyone off with yet another barn door post!


Wow, this is absolutely amazing!!! Amazing job! I linked to it in my blog as well.

I just recently found your blog and I’m hooked. I love your decorating style! Thanks for sharing it with us. :)


Dana- that door is incredible and I too cannot get enough of it!
Also- that yellow pillow is fantastic! Did you make that one yourself?


Thanks for sharing how to do this. I love the color combinations!


Just recently found your site and I LOVE IT! I live here in Atlanta and my husband and I bought a house built in the 1920’s and have been s-l-o-w-l-y rebuilding it after gutting it down to the studs. One of the things that gets me through is dreaming of how it will all come together. Are bedroom is almost finished and I would love a ruffle pillow like the one you have on the bed in this pic. Can you give me more information about it? Do you hire out for decorating help?


Jenn – Here’s all about the ruffle pillow…


Unfortunately, I don’t offer design help right now but I’m working on finishing an interior design course so that I can offer it in the future!!


Love that door and the bright yellow color!

Great job with the door, I love it! I love that rustic wood headboard, too!


Where did you find the hardware for the door? I want to do the same thing in our bathroom! Does it move at all once it’s on track? I don’t want the kids to be banging the bottom of the door against the wall.


Bridgette – Look here…


and here…


for all the info! There’s actually a track screwed into the floor the keeps the bottom of the door from banging into anything. It has a very smooth glide…yet sturdy at the same time. My 3-yr-old tests it out everyday!