My New Barn Doors


As you can tell, I finally got my closet doors installed. I’m sort of embarrassed that it took me over two months to complete the installation. However, it’s not totally my fault. But we’ll get to that in a minute.

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Anyway, the doors are hung and I absolutely love how they turned out. I purchased both the doors and track system from Rustica Hardware. I decided to go with them because they offered a bypass door system. With a traditional barn door system you need room on one side of the opening to slide the door while it’s open. As you can see, I didn’t have that option, so a bypass system was essential.

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I had originally hoped to find some old barn doors, but the opening of the closet was about a foot taller than a typical door. I even looked at solid wood doors at Lowes and Home Depot, but nothing fit. I went with the barn doors from Rustica Hardware since they could be custom made to the size I needed.

Currently, the doors are unfinished. That’s because I have yet to decide how to finish them. I also need a nice warm day so that I can work on them outside without getting paint / stain all over my floor. Right now I’m leaning toward a simple white wash. I originally thought a barn red would be fabulous, but I think it would be way too much for this space.

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Like I said, I’m super pleased with how they turned out, but knowing what I know now, I probably would not have chosen this particular brand for a few reasons. First, the whole system was kind of pricey. Secondly, the directions for putting the rail system together were beyond frustrating. That was a major factor in why it took me so long to get the doors hung. Every time I went to work on it, I felt extremely overwhelmed. However, they are done and hung and I am really happy. Now I’m waiting for a nice day to get the finish on the doors.

My New Barn Doors | Inspired by Charm

I also need to figure out a better organizational system for the closet. I was going to show more, but It’s a hot mess at the moment. I need to box up a few things for donating and then figure out exactly what needs to be stored in this space. Once I get to that point, I’ll give you a peek inside.

What do you think? Any suggestions on how I should finish the doors?

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PS. Today over on BHG’s Delish Dish I’m sharing a recipe for these homemade Peanut Butter Brownies. They are from scratch and they are to die for! You can check them out and get the recipe here.

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  • karen at

    suggestions on where to find them for less money? THANKS!

  • karen at

    suggestions on where to find them cheaper? THANKS!

  • Jennifer Shaath at

    HI MIchael,
    I have purchased a bypass door system but I am struggling on the door width. How much overlap between the doors is need? I plan to add 2 inches for the sides. Would greatly appreciate your suggestions.,

  • Sally Adams at

    Oh Michael….I swear I am going to stop by St Mary’s sometime and say hello. You just pop up in my searches from time to time. I’ve been on Pinterest from early on and I was forever pinning things only to realize they were your items. Today, here you are showing up again as I look for inspiration for a non-intrusive solution for low profile baby/pet gates. Hope you are well and that things in your world are great! The best to you. Thanks for all the inspiration!
    Greetings from Pittsburgh!

  • Betty LouHoo at

    I think the doors look perfect just the way they are, that is why you haven’t done anything, you like them. Just put a coat of matte sealer on them or even leave them alone. You already have white walls and the light wood goes well with the dark floors. Just let them patina, which they will because of the light coming in from the window.

  • Donna at

    I love the barn doors!!!!!!…LOVE!!!!!!…I also love the light fixture in the room. Please share where you found that, or how you created the light fixture.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      It’s from Pottery Barn. I bought it about 5 years ago. I don’t think they are still available. 🙁

      xo Michael

  • Shavonda@AHomeFullOfColor at

    The doors look amazing. I wanted a barn door system for my closets but didn’t have the room on either side so I thought I couldn’t swing em. I had no idea they had some on a bypass system. Thanks so much for sharing this. Now I know it can be done.

  • Mary Withrow at

    Those doors are fantastic in that space. I love the old fashioned pocket doors too.

  • michelle at

    i kind of like them the way they are. 🙂

  • Matthew at

    I really like the new barn doors. I have been thinking about some for my master bath since I can’t put in a pocket door because of plumbing and electrical inside the walls on both sides of the doorway. What is the wall color in the room with the new doors, is it the same as in the office with large calendar?

  • Elle at

    The doors are gorgeous! Money well spent.

  • Stefanie Roy at

    Love these doors. Love them natural…but I think a pop of color would be great! You have a lot of white going on already. How about a color hue to match the aqua pot on the table across from the doors? That color done in a wash/drybrush would be great! Or paint a strong color and whitewash over it to tone it down?
    I love your sense of style and design. Thanks so much for sharing. Oh…I’m sure my hubby will thank you too…he’s a big PB and Chocolate fan! Plan to try your brownie recipe! Thanks and happy painting! (and baking!)

  • Sherri at

    I love those doors just the way they are!! Beautiful!

  • Debbie at

    I love them just the way they are. The photo of the acrylic table with the plant looks like they
    are floating in mid air. So cool. Just, perhaps, protect the wood but don’t darken it. But you
    are a better expert than myself.

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