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DIY Sliding Barn Door Bathroom Cabinet

I can’t even explain how excited and in LOVE I am with my new Sliding Barn Door Bathroom Cabinet! I’m obsessed with sliding barn doors and there isn’t a spot in my home to install one – so, I created one 🙂 What do you think?

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It’s the perfect mix of open shelving and hidden storage for the ugly stuff you don’t want to display 😉 It is super easy to build and, as always, I’ve got the FREE Printable Plans for you to build your own!

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You can click HERE or the image above to print the plans!

And, follow along with my tutorial for the step-by-step!

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After I cut the side, top and bottom pieces for the cabinet frame, I drilled 3/4″ pocket holes, into the 1×6 top braces, with my K5 Kreg Jig. ***I used left over scrap 3/4″ plywood for the side pieces and shelves. If you have enough, this is a great way to save money!*** Watch our How to Use a Kreg Jig vide HERE!

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Here are the 1×6 boards with the pocket holes. The three pocket holes on each end are on the opposite side of the boards (facing down).

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Next, I attached the 1×6 boards to the side pieces with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and my Titebond Wood glue.

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The 1×6 boards will be flush with the side pieces.

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Here she is turned upside down.

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To know EXACTLY where to attach the bottom shelf, I marked the thickness of the 1×2 that I was using for the face frame. (This is a great tip to get a perfect fit for the shelf and the face frame).

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I attached the bottom shelf and the bottom brace and shelf the same way as the top braces.

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Next, I built the face frame for the cabinet with 3/4″ pocket holes, wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws. Refer to the plans and measure and cut, as you go, for the best spacing and fit.

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Here is the face frame, upside down, with the top and bottom pieces attached.

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Then, I attached the middle piece.

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To get a flush fit with the 1×2 boards, I like to use my Kreg Bar Clamp to keep the boards fixed while I am drilling the pocket hole screws in.

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Here is the face frame assembled.

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To attach the face frame to the cabinet, I applied wood glue

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and used my Ryobi 18 gauge brad nailer to secure it to the cabinet frame.

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Whoop!

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Use the pocket holes that you drilled into the top braces to attach the top of the cabinet. Use 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. The back of the top piece will be flush with the back of the cabinet and there will be an overhang on the front and sides of the cabinet.

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Here is the cabinet with the top assembled.

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I attached the backing with 3/4″ stables and my Ryobi 18 gauge crown stapler. You can use finish nails here but staples are best when you are attaching the thin backing because they grab the board.

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The backing is attached and now it’s time for the trim!

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Always measure and cut as you go for the trim! I used THIS cove molding that I found at Home Depot. I make my first 45 degree cut for one side

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then I mark for the other side,

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swing the miter cut arm to the opposite 45 degree mark and make my second cut. Watch our How to Use a Miter Saw video HERE!

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I flipped the cabinet upside down to attach the cove molding. Use wood glue and your brad nailer. I like to use 5/8″ brad nails for the trim.

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Attach the top cove molding the same way.

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I do the front piece first and then the sides. To cut the sides, make the 45 degree cut then mark where the square cut will be. (square means “0” degrees)

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Finally, I filled my nail holes with wood filler.

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Ready for paint! I used a latex paint that I had matched to my trim paint. Cozy Cottage by Behr or Ivory Lace by Valspar 🙂

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I created the sliding door with Blue Stained Pine from Home Depot. This wood has a grey tint to it and it is so pretty without a finish on it! It is tongue and groove, so I use my table saw to rip the edges off. I used 3/4″ pocket holes and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws to assemble the door. I also used my Kreg Face Clamp to keep the boards flush.

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Here is the back side of the door…

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and the front! How pretty is that!?

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Now for the HARDWARE!!!

I had our super talented friend, Tyler Wayne, create custom hardware for this piece! You may remember him from the work he did on our HGTV Pilot, Open Concept! He built a metal coffee table frame and two sliding barn doors for the home. He is super talented AND he has an Etsy shop with lots of fun pieces that he custom builds! Check it out HERE and you can order the Barn Door Hardware HERE!

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I used black construction screws to attach the hardware and that was it!

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To hang it, I used this french cleat. It is my GO-TO for heavy hanging. It’s very easy to attach and it makes hanging the shelf so much easier. You can buy it HERE.

That was it! I love having the open storage to decorate the shelf but I also have a place to store toilet paper!

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  10. MARY E PUGH-FARROW on May 30, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    what kind of would should i use to build if this will go in bathroom

  11. MARY E PUGH-FARROW on May 30, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    if i wanted this to be 4 inches deep what size board should i use for the side panels ie…1×6 or what? please help me this will be my first official build.

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  15. Danielle on May 21, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    what color did you paint the cabinet

  16. Danielle Ortega on November 4, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Can I just buy that from you? All those plans are difficult for the average person. I guess I could hire someone to build it but it would be easier if I could just order one. It’s a beautiful piece.

  17. Andy Hopkins on June 21, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    This is a great project, well done, Thanks! 1 question ( I saw it asked but didn’t see a reply) Does the door hang straight or does the rail and wheels make it creep in at the bottom? Any solution? I was thinking an inset wheel or ball in the back of the door. Thanks again!!

  18. Tiffany Westlund on March 23, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    How high above your toilet did you hang the cabinet?

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  20. Darci on August 22, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    I love this cabinet! I am going to have to make this for our bathroom! Also, what is the color of your walls where you hung this cabinet? Its beautiful!

  21. Missy Doherty on August 8, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Did you need a track at the bottom of the door at all or is the hardware strong enough to hold the door straight? Thanks!

  22. Ashlee Lindstrom on August 3, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    LOVE this cabinet!!! I was so sad when I went to Tyler’s Etsy shop and the hardware is sold out 🙁 Do you know where else I can buy this hardware?

    • Barb Williston on October 21, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      I bought pullys, took the wheels out then just bought steel flat bar, spray painted it black and used round tubing to make the spacers for the top rail 1/3 the price of the etsy hardware too.

  23. Christine Taylor on June 27, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Thank You for sharing this nice project! I like the detailed building instructions. One suggestion I have, however, is that yellow hyper-linked text is impossible for me to read on a white background. Perhaps you would consider another color choice? Thank You! 🙂

  24. Brittney Chandler on April 16, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Where did you find your cute little “Love” decor?

  25. Sarah Condon on March 17, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Do you fill the pocket holes?

    • Shanty2Chic on March 17, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      Yes, I use Elmer’s wood filler.

  26. Tammy Linskey on March 14, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Another thought ……..In love with Cozy Cottage!!!

  27. Tammy Linskey on March 14, 2016 at 6:51 am

    I was absolutely thrilled when the Shanty gals posted this awesome project. I am in the process of finishing up my cabinet and can’t wait to share it. Thank you for being such an inspiration and sharing all your knowledge!!!

  28. Lynne on March 10, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Do you have instructions on installing the french cleat?

    • Shanty2Chic on March 10, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      There is a URL on the packaging with a how-to video 🙂

  29. Brittany Whiteside on February 25, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Hello! Love this cabinet and I’m hoping to make it next in my woodworking class (I’m currently building your Easy DIY Console table)! Tyler’s esty shop has sold out of the hardware – Any suggestions for other hardware that would work with this cabinet? Thanks!

    • Shanty2Chic on February 25, 2016 at 9:00 am

      You could try eBay but I would email Tyler first! Ask if he will take more orders!

      • Brittany Whiteside on February 25, 2016 at 9:01 am

        Awesome! Thanks so much for your quick response!!

  30. Katie Gould on February 19, 2016 at 11:31 am

    I absolutely love this! Especially since I think this will be the only way I will ever get a barn door in my house. 🙂
    Do you need to have Kreg Jig in order to complete this project? It’s the one tool, we don’t own….sadly.
    Also, you know approx. how much this project cost?
    Thanks! Love your work!

    • Aimee on April 6, 2016 at 9:51 am

      Katie, I bought the smaller Kreg which is half the price of the one they use for their projects and works fine. It’s around $40 at Amazon

  31. Tami Cramer on February 6, 2016 at 2:14 am

    I love this barn door cabinet!! It is my favorite DIY project I have seen, I have to make one or two!

  32. Stephanie-GatheredInTheKitchen on January 29, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    I absolutely love this a million times over again and again!! It’s gorgeous!! Love the rustic but still modern-ish feel!!

  33. Marsha Milstock on January 21, 2016 at 6:12 am

    I want a barn door sooooooo bad!
    Your’s is just the best.
    Thank you????

  34. John K on January 20, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Looks fantastic!

  35. Nichole Caten on January 20, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    I so feel your pain on this, I want a barn door as well but have absolutely nowhere to put one in my house! I wish the Houston Home Depots carried this blue tint pine, it wont even let me order it :(.

    • Barb Williston on October 21, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      blue tint is caused from pine beetle, so that is probably why they wont let you order it. I’m in western Canada and there is quite a bit of it here. but pine beetle destroys the forest and it is very invasive.

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