DIY Sliding Barn Door HACK!

Hey Guys!  Happy Wednesday!  We have the BEST project to share today! A DIY Sliding Barn Door HACK!  We LOVE barn doors, but the weight and price of them can keep us from using them.  We designed a hack people!  Check it out in our YouTube video HERE or below!

Didn’t this door turn out so great!?

DIY Sliding Barn Door HACK!


Before we get started, here are links to all the goodies!

DIY Sliding Barn Door HACK! – Free Plans


Chalk Paint for Door –

Barn Door Metal Hardware –

BEST Wood Filler –

Black Pendant Lights –

Wood Wall Video –

Glu-Bot – BEST glue bottle ever! Link here –

First step is to find your door. We are using a hollow core door from the hardware store. These come in various sizes, and they run around $20-35 a piece. You want to get a door that is large enough to cover the opening you will be building this for.

DIY Sliding Barn Door HACK! – Make Your Cuts

First, cut the horizontal boards to fit the width of your door. I am not adding measurements to these plans, because you want to cut and fit everything to fit your size door. We are using 1/4” craft boards. These are generally found in the same section as pine boards at the hardware store. Attach all boards using wood glue and 5/8” staples.

Now measure for the vertical boards. Cut these to fit each space. You will also attach these using wood glue and 5/8” staples.

Now, line up the first diagonal board, and place it on top of the attached trim pieces. Get it placed at the angle it needs to be, and use a pencil to mark for the exact cut.

Repeat this step for the next three diagonal boards. Attach all of these boards using wood glue and 5/8” staples.

Now line up the opposite diagonal boards and line them up where they need to be. Again, use a pencil to mark the exact cut of both the overall board, and where the middle of the diagonal board will split.

Final step of building this door is cutting those pieces and attaching using wood glue and 5/8” staples.

DIY Sliding Barn Door HACK! – Wood Filler

We filled all of our staple holes with wood filler, and painted the entire door.

AND! Be sure to share your finished projects on social media and use #shanty2chic


  1. Javon on May 12, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    I love your videos. I have been binge-watching them during the quarantine. I do however have a question regarding hardware. If I had hardware that was attached with hex bolts is there an anchor I could use to safely install them? I see your hardware was screw-based.

  2. Nancy on November 6, 2019 at 7:51 am

    Love, Love , Love!!! Your workshop is beautiful!!! First video I’ve see of yours. I can’t wait to watch all of them. Great work.

  3. Brittanie on September 30, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    What is craft board? I haven’t been able to find it anywhere. I found poplar wood, but it was very expensive.

    • Kelly on October 1, 2021 at 9:51 pm

      Me too! Home Depot says they have never heard of it

  4. Kelly Miners on September 21, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    I used this hack to turn a set of smooth, hollow bifold doors into a cool looking barn door. I sanded off the previous finish, burned it and stained it all blue. At the end, I am very happy with it. Thank you for the excellent idea. Just an idea from here in Canada, I couldn’t find “crafter” wood, so I bought 1/4″ T&G cedar, cut off both edges through the table saw and had a lightweight piece of material which looks nice.

  5. HelloJello on June 18, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    I honestly can’t wait until this shabby chic look is done. It’s so played out and has been way over done. I love what you ladies build but it’s time to step up the style and update your looks.

    • Autumnb on August 7, 2018 at 6:21 am

      What a rude and unnecessary comment.

      • Mandi on February 28, 2019 at 11:54 am

        agreed RUDE. No reason to be a hater.

    • Farmhouse Freda on June 9, 2019 at 8:19 am

      That’s really an unpleasant thing to say. You can use these very well made plans and modify them any way you choose. Stain or paint them so they’re not shabby chic. Or if you have no imagination, just keep on hating.

    • Shanty2chicfan on April 16, 2020 at 1:51 pm

      Why did you bother looking at the article if you didn’t like the look of the door from the picture at the beginning? This was a totally unnecessary comment.

  6. Tosha Goldthwaite on February 2, 2018 at 10:20 am

    I am so in love with this door! I’m having a hard time finding craft board. Home depot has hobby board, is it the same? Also thanks for all your tutorials you have inspired me to build!

  7. Ryan LeRoy on January 25, 2018 at 9:42 am

    did you run into any issues mounting the barn door bracket since the door is hollow? Can you show a picture of the backside?

  8. Nicole on January 25, 2018 at 5:47 am

    Hi! Thank you for sharing this. 2 questions though – do you frame out the back of the barn door too? (As in, is it just plain on the other side) It looks like the doorway is still framed out too. What did you use, so they don’t hit?

    • Kelly on January 25, 2018 at 8:57 am

      The track that the door runs on allows for the gap between door trim on wall and the door itself. It has a piece that makes the door set approx 2 inches off the track. The other side would not show the outside framing of the barn door it would not look at nice.

      • Jill on January 25, 2018 at 9:21 am

        Couldn’t you do the same on the other side if you wanted?

    • Laura Thorpe on March 12, 2019 at 8:24 am

      I made the door but added bender board to make it look like wood. Turned out great

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