Wow, I can’t believe this barn door entertainment center DIY project is complete! I’m super excited to share all the details about it including how to build the custom DIY barn doors! The DIY double barn door design would be great on a wall too!
I have to admit that its been awhile since I’ve been this excited about a project! I LOVE how this sliding barn door entertainment center turned out! It is now the focal feature of our living room and I am so happy I can easily hide the TV out of sight! Brandon is convinced that we need a bigger TV now to fit it better haha!
For this project, I used these barn door media cabinet build plans from Shanty 2 Chic. The plans were so helpful and it was nice to take a break from coming up with my own plans especially for such a huge project! Instead, I used my own design plans for the double barn doors and I’m sharing the DIY barn door tutorial below!
Also, I modified their plans to make the entertainment center smaller, so 8ft x 76 inches instead of 9.5ft x 87 inches. And we used 1/2″ thick plywood instead of 3/4″ to save money and make it less heavy.
Since you can get the full plans from Shanty 2 Chic, I’m just going to share a few in progress photos of the barn door entertainment center DIY build and then share the full step by step tutorial for the DIY double barn door.
At this point, it was time to add the barn doors!
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DIY Double Barn Door:
*Note, materials listed are enough to build two barn doors at 71.5″ tall x 24″ wide. Modify material amount and cuts as needed for your barn door size.*
1. Make cuts for barn door frame
The following cuts and steps are for the first barn door (left door).
Make the following cuts from the 1x4s:
- 2 pieces @ 71 1/2″
Make the following cuts from the 1x2s:
- 2 pieces @ 71 1/2″
- 2 pieces @ 21″
Make the following cuts from the 1x6s:
- 3 pieces @ 17″
2. Assemble barn door face frame
Add two pocket holes with the Kreg Jig to each side of the three 1×6 pieces. Then, attach to the top, middle, and bottom in between the two 1×4 pieces using 1 1/4″ Kreg screws:
Next, attach the 1×2 pieces on the backside of the frame, starting with the longer end pieces, flush with the edges. Then, add the two 21″ pieces on the top and bottom. Attach with 1 1/4″ brad nails and a brad nailer.
3. Cut shiplap boards to fit DIY barn door frame
Now it’s time to add the shiplap boards! Determine where the barn door handle is going to be located as you want the shiplap boards to be at an angle coming out of the handle corner. Since this is the left door the handle is going to be on the middle, right side (since this is the back of the door).
Line up the end of one of the shiplap boards (face down) from the corner where the barn door handle will be to the opposite corner as shown in the below photo:
Then, mark with a pencil the angle where the board needs to be cut so it fits over the face frame opening. Make sure to allow for a 1-2 inch overhang of the board over the opening as the board ends will be nailed down to the face frame.
Here is the cut line mark we made for the first corner:
And for the second corner:
Next, use a Dremel Saw-max tool or jig saw to cut the boards to size. We love our Dremel tool and it worked awesome for this project!
Lay the board in place to ensure it fits correctly. Then, repeat the same step for the next shiplap board, making sure the tongue and groove edges are lined up correctly with the two boards next to each other. Also, make sure to lay the shiplap board face down, so the back of it is facing up! This is very important to make sure the shiplap gaps will be exposed correctly on the front side!
Continue the above process until the face frame opening is complete. We had a total of 5 boards cut to size to cover the opening.
4. Install shiplap boards to barn door frame with a brad nailer
Using 1″ brad nails and a brad nailer, secure the shiplap boards to the barn door frame by nailing along the edges of them. The best part about these DIY barn door build plans is that no nail holes will need to be filled since they are all on the back, yay!
Repeat the above steps for second barn door frame opening, with the angles going the flip side direction. So, once complete, the back of your DIY barn door should look similar to this:
Ok, now it’s time to do the opposite door, the right door! Repeat all of the above steps, except this time you want the angles coming out of middle left corner.
Once complete, flip your doors over and check out those awesome angles!
***TIP: If you are going to use these barn doors on a wall or somewhere where the back of the door will be visible, I would hide the shiplap board angle cuts with a piece of 1/4″ plywood cut to the size of the door less the 1×2 frame on the back that’s along the edges. So, for example, my door is 71.5″ tall x 24″ wide. So, I would cut a piece of plywood that is 68.5″ tall x 21″ wide and install it on the back of the door over the shiplap boards with brad nails and a brad nailer. The shiplap boards are about 1/2″ thick and the 1×2 boards on the back that frame out the door are 3/4″ thick, so the 1/4″ plywood will sit level with the 1×2 boards. Then, you still have a clean edge along the sides and a covered door back!
5. Prime, paint, and install hardware for DIY barn doors
Now it’s time for the finishing touches! Prime the raw wood on the doors, the shiplap boards are pre-primed so they don’t need primer. Then, paint the doors. We used Oyster Bay in eggshell by Sherwin Williams. I am in love with this paint color, I think it’s so beautiful! Also, we used White Dove by Benjamin Moore for the white paint on the cabinet part.
Note, because the barn doors aren’t attached to a floor track, they will lean in at the bottom. To fix this problem and to help them slide easily, we attached two small blocks of wood (a 1×2 cut to 1″ wide) wrapped with felt at the bottom of each door.
We used a staple gun to secure the felt on the blocks and brad nailer to attach it to the doors. It slides super smooth now!
That was the last step! And your all finished! Enjoy!
Overall, I really love how this barn door entertainment center DIY turned out! It looks amazing in our living room and has added some much needed extra storage, so it was totally worth it! I love that it’s basically like custom built ins except totally removable! What do you think?! I think the DIY double barn doors totally elevate it and add that wow factor!
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