Inch by inch, I’m making progress in my office.

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Since I’m painting all of the walls, I had to do some rearranging of furniture. As I mentioned in another post, this little nook in my entryway is going to become a prop closet of sorts. Instead of installing wall mounted shelves, I’m using two metal shelves that I previously used in the gift shoppe for holding merchandise. They fit perfectly! I’m actually a huge fan of these shelves. In fact, I have had the one on the right since college. I used it in my dorm room for storage. That sucker has been around for almost 10 years. The shelf on the left Is pretty much the same. I got it at Walmart a few years ago.

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Anyway, the shelves fit perfectly in this area, so that’s will they shall stay. Eventually the walls in this closet will get painted, but I’m hoping to get everything else completed first. That way I can at least have some order around here.

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I’ve been on the hunt for doors for this nook to keep my mess somewhat hidden. When the house was built, the opening was just big enough for one door. I’m not sure why the previous owners decided to enlarge the opening, but it’s what I’m left to work with.

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My initial idea was to do a sliding barn door. But, as you can see, I don’t really have room on either side for the door to go when it’s open. Thankfully, through a bit of digging, I found a company that has a bypass door system. It’s called Rustica Hardware and they may be the solution to my problem! (The following two images are from their site.)

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The system looks so cool and the quality seems great. There are lots of options for customizing it to suit your space. Plus, they sell doors. I had originally thought of hunting down some vintage doors, however this option may be preferable. As much as I love vintage, sometimes new just functions better. Plus, I wouldn’t have to deal with chipping paint or bowed doors.

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I still haven’t made a final decision, but these look like a good contender. Now, it’s making the decision on what type of finishes!

At this point, I’m so happy to be making progress and seeing this space come back to life. I’ll be sharing my latest painting accomplishments soon! Stay tuned!

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Do you have a sliding barn door at your house? Where did you get your system?

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  • Shannon at

    *Those* shelves came from Walmart?? I’m shocked. I want them! And those doors are pretty cool too! Im loving seeing the progress.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I know, right!? Very industrial-chic (even though I hate that word). Haha.

      xo Michael

  • Brenda Kula at

    Have you considered pocket doors? I had them in my former house and had a carpenter build some more. So I know it wasn’t all that hard. That way you have no open doors swaying out and one slides into the other. Just a thought.
    Brenda

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I think I would need the same amount of wall space on either side for pocket doors as well. Right? Plus, I actually have pocket doors leading into my dinning room, so that may be overkill? Haha. Thanks Brenda!

      xo Michael

  • Teri at

    I love the barn door systems. I have been thinking about it for our next house, but was worried that they were too trendy. I might do it anyway, since pocket doors have not worked out for me. In my first home, they warped, and in my current house the pocket door cracked down the middle.

    Thanks for providing the link.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      It seems like you can make barn doors either trendy or very vintage looking. I think they could work in really any space, especially with all of the options available.

      xo Michael

  • Sherry Sellers at

    Love your style! And I love barn doors so much my husband built 2 panels 6 ft wide for my sliding patio door. I have a picture of them on my Pinterest page under For the Home if you’d like to see them. I cannot figure out how to attach the picture here. I absolutely love them and they do get a lot of attention!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks Sherry! I’d love to see them, but don’t know the address to your pinterest page. If you could post a link here that would be amazing! (Either to the pin or your page.) Thank you!!

      xo Michael

  • Jamie at

    I installed an old exterior door that I found in my grandma’s garage as the door to my basement. It’s a wooden door but has 9 panes of glass so it lets light downstairs. The kitchen is small and it was a hassle to have the door open into the room, so putting it on the track saved space. I used a track system from Johnson’s Hardware, but I love the two choices you put on here, too!

    I’m amazed those shelves of yours are from Walmart! I’ve been looking for some metal or wooden shelves to store stuff in the basement….I wonder if they still have anything like that?!!?!?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      That sounds like a beautiful installation! I bet it look and works fabulously! And I would assume that Wal-Mart would still have something similar. Like I said, I only got the one shelf a year or two ago. Hope you can find one!

      xo Michael

      • Technicolor at

        Try Sam’s Club for the shelves. They have a full set of different sizes. Plus a workbench with solid butcher block top I keep eyeing. HD and Lowes, many other stores carry them too.

        • Jamie at

          Thanks for your help!….I’ve found a few shelves that will work, but would really like something that is more than just a basic boring shelf. The ones at Sam’s Club sound nice since they come in different sizes. (the workbench sounds great, too!)

        • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

          Good call! I feel like I may have seen them there too. Maybe Lowes as well?

          xo Michael

  • Technicolor at

    Michael….the barn doors are wonderful. I would go for them too. My opening is like yours and didn’t know there would be an option for two overlaying. So much more interesting,easier installation, plus stronger than pocket doors. As I recall, the company has been around for 20+ years and always an iron manufacturer of various items. We had a farm nearby and would buy numerous project needs, plus they had catalogs of iron decor. Wonder if they still have the catalog orders available. Anything iron…just ask. Great items, great people there. I have a Speak Easy door needing installation. Thanks, because they also have the iron fronts for this. It has been so long (and a couple of states later) I totally forgot about them.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks for all of the info! I think like these are going to be a good option. I just hope I can get the correct sizes.

      xo Michael

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You lucky Duck! It looks great!

      xo Michael

  • Jami @ What the Graham?! at

    We built barn doors in our last house in our daughters nursery and LOVED it!! We’re taking a break from house projects but it’s next on our list for our current house. You won’t regret it!

  • Joy Frazier at

    Michael, I`m inspired to do different project after looking at your blog. Keep up the good work. You are a inspiration for all of us.

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