Happy Wednesday peeps! As promised, I’m back with the tutorial for the DIY Faux Barn Doors AKA: How to Make Hollow Core Doors look Sexy. They’re probably my favorite project from the 24 hour Modern Farmhouse Makeover I did over the holidays. If you missed the reveal with all the before and afters make sure you check it out!
Big difference isn’t it? And to think it cost me $35.00 and most of that went towards the quart of paint I needed to paint the doors!
Okay, here’s how to make your hollow core doors sexy…
Paint (I recommend semi-gloss for doors)
Black Sharpie Marker
Yardstick or long piece of wood
1×3 pine planks
Metal Handles (2)
Hammer & Nails or Nail gun
Step 1: Have a pep talk with your doors and tell them that you know they have hidden beauty and you’re going to help them find it. It can be all emo like on What Not To Wear or some makeover show. This step is optional, but recommended.
Step 2: Paint the doors the color of your choice. This room was going for a light and bright modern farmhouse style, so this light blue/grey worked well. Actually, I sent Eric to the store for paint for the doors and just told him to “get what I would get”… needless to say that got an eye roll, but he did a great job picking a color! If you want something more dramatic or modern, just go bold on your paint color.
This is my gal pal Tiff and she came over to hang out and be a part of the craziness. She says she’s no good at the DIY stuff, but I’ve roped her into enough projects that she’s getting some skillz!
Step 3: Cut 1×3 pine planks to trim out doors and 1 cross piece for each of the side doors. Since I wanted a rustic look, we didn’t even miter the corners, we just measured and butted the wood up against itself. We attached the edge trim first using my Ryobi AirStrike Nailer (which I’m in love with btw) and then measured and marked the cross piece. If you’re not a whiz at math and angles, just hold the piece of wood up and mark the angle with a pencil. Easy Peasy.
You might be wondering if we painted before or after adding the trim… We did both. It was so fast to be able to roll the doors while they were still flat and plain, and then once we added the trim, we went back with a brush to cut in.
For the faux barn door design, I was inspired by this Pin I had taken a screen shot of on my phone (my camera roll is full of screen shots of things- am I the only one?), but there are so many awesome styles of doors that you could go for using this exact method. In fact I’m itching to try a few more. Anyone have some hollow core doors I can get my hands on?
Step 4: Add faux planks. Now that the trim was up and the doors were painted, I needed to give the flat surface of the doors the look of planked wood. I knew that actually planking the doors wasn’t an option, because the track for hollow core doors is not meant for that kind of weight, they’d be off the track and broken in no time. I actually didn’t have a plan for this step before starting the project- I’m an on the fly girl a lot of times with my designs. I rummaged through my friends kitchen and found just what I was looking for… A Crisp, New Sharpie!
Use a measuring tape to make little tick marks at the top and bottom of your door, where you want your plank lines to be. I went with 5.25″ because mathematically it worked out with their size doors. I will not be explaining the formula I used, because it would leave you more confused, but just find a size that will make all the planks a semi-even width.
After measuring and marking, I used a long piece of wood (I’d recommend a yard stick instead) to act as my guide, and I drew my faux plank lines with the Sharpie. When you get near the angled areas it’s a little tricky, but I just used an old greeting card that I could press into the angle and continued my lines. See, you don’t need fancy tools all the time, a piece of scrap wood and a greeting card worked just dandy.
See the difference the marker makes?!? It’s awesome. The door on the left is obviously un-planked and the one on the right is faux planked…
Here’s a tighter pic, so you can see how it looks up close. Still pretty convincing!
Step 5: Add industrial handles. I got a pack of 2 shed or gate handles for under $4.00 at Lowe’s. I strategically placed the handles over the little circle handle thinger-gigger that hollow core doors have.
I only added handles to the side doors, in retrospect, I would recommend painting over the circle handle thinger-gigger on the middle door. In pictures I notice it, but in the room it’s not overly noticeable. Just my two cents on that.
That’s all there is to it friends! Some pine planks, 2 handles, and a sharpie marker and you have DIY faux barn doors… who would’ve known hollow core doors are so easy to make sexy!?!
A few pep-talk, soap box comments from me… this project 100% proves that you can work with whatever you have to make your home work for you. It bums me out when I hear people saying when they move into their next place they’ll make it their own, or that their space is just beyond help. If we can spend $35 bucks and make hollow core doors look amazing, you can too!
Look at your spaces with new eyes, try and see the smokin’ hot girl hidden underneath all the awkwardness. If you look and think creatively, you’ll find her.
Make sure you check back tomorrow for all the details on the Cedar Shingle Headboard. Unless your name is John from Facebook, because you think they’re ugly and silly. No hard feelings, I appreciate some raw honesty, I just wouldn’t want to ruin your day making you read that tutorial. I’m a good friend like that. I’ve got your back John.