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The New Old Door

I wanted to give you a glimpse of the laundry room remodel! One of the things I knew I definitely wanted to do in the remodel was change the door. Yes, I could have painted it, but that wasn’t the problem. The problem was that the space is already very cramped and it’s two spaces….when the door is open, the usable square footage is greatly limited! I gave a hint earlier this week about my plans on my Facebook page.


I originally thought I’d replace the swinging door with a pocket door. It would serve the same purpose but be less obtrusive to the square footage. But, as with every single thing in the laundry room remodel, that didn’t go as planned. It was going to require ripping out the sheetrock where my $2 mudroom was at and with parts and labor, I was looking at $400. Um, no thanks.


Around the same time, one of my friends posted a free door on Facebook. She and her husband had remodeled a home in the historic district and salvaged the door. As soon as I saw the rough, old door, inspiration struck!


Using the same method on the curbside cabinet, I stripped off all the layers of paint. And let me tell you, with a 100 year old door, there were a lot of layers. At one point the door was black, then red, then white. Once I had both sides fully stripped and sanded, it was time to paint. I thought about using the laminate cabinet method, but I slightly altered it instead.


Using Waverly chalkpaint, I painted two coats on both sides of the door. Once it was dry, I added one coat of Polycrylic finish. It’s a clear gloss that doesn’t provide a high sheen. Since it’s an old door, I didn’t want it to look pristine. I just wanted a slight protective coat. This little can was $10 (stupid), but at least it didn’t take a lot for both sides of the door.


Once I got the door painted, I removed the original door. We discovered that the antique door is slightly shorter than a standard door height, but we had a plan B! And the bottom was actually crooked.


And then came the fun addition! Since I didn’t want to pay so much for a pocket door, I chose a more modern trend– a barn door! Lowe’s sells barn door kits for about $150. It comes with all necessary hardware, and, my lucky day, I got the last one in stock!

While barn doors are not only trendy, from a real estate standpoint, they are financially beneficial. The most recent statistics reviewing home sales identified key description terms that resulted in higher sales. Sales with barn door descriptions in the listing sold for 13.4% more!



Since the door was shorter than a standard door, we “lowered” the door frame. Technically, we created a “faux” top that is shorter. We cut a few inches off the top of the side trim, and then attached the board that is holding the track. Since that board sat lower than the door frame top, we essentially created a whole new door frame top…which I still need to paint!


This might be there point where you’re thinking–wait, isn’t that a bathroom too…with a window in the door?? Yes, you are indeed correct.  [Ignore the disaster that is my kitchen]. But, don’t worry, the window is staying…but WITH privacy!

Now that I’ve frosted the window, there is privacy. It was such a quick little project! I love the final result of this door!


And a break down of the numbers:

Door: $0

Paint: $10

Frost Spray: $4

Door track: $150

Total Spent: $164






9 thoughts on “The New Old Door

  1. That is just perfect. Add a decorative old crystal or porcelain knob for decoration and it will top it off. I scooped up a bunch at an antique store closing, with the backplates, and use them all the time for anything and everything. That door adds so much character. Way to go.

  2. Thanks for the tutorial.. have always wanted to try frosting some small windows above my boys bedroom door but have not had the confidence ..!! But seeing you do it has inspired me..!! Love the barn door too it fits right in..!! .x.

  3. Love, love, love the barnwood sliding door! And appreciated the view of your kitchen through the window of the door. Now I don’t feel so bad. Mine looks the same way when I’m working on things and sometimes even when I’m not! One day I would like to have a door similar to yours and others. It truly saves on space and aesthetically it’s awesome!

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