Saturday, April 25, 2015

DIY Vintage Sliding Door Under $20- part 1

I fell for the look of that old office door attached to a sliding frame for our laundry room, the one I posted here.
 Like all good things, I couldn't find exactly what I wanted, and all of the "maybes" were way too expensive.  Who knew anyone else would want one of those?  

Anyway, I decided to make my own, and the whole thing cost me under $20.

 I used my existing door (the ugly vented shorty) and created an old office door look.  Now it needs to be stained or painted, not sure which yet, but here it is "raw"...

Here's what I used...
miter box
liquid nails
an assortment of 1 X 1's, 1 X 3's, and a 1 X 6's
plastic sheet (used to cover fluorescent lights)
Vinyl letters
Door Pull- Amazon

There are a ton of other ways to fake the glass for the door, but I chose the cheapest and easiest to replace (five kids and all...)

I then glued all of the wood onto the old door, allowing it to overlap because the old vented number was too narrow and too short.

So far so good, it's holding up fine, how dare I doubt Liquid Nails??
Now to paint or stain it?

Thanks for looking..

Friday, April 10, 2015

Laundry Room Sliding Door

Last month, we had a few unexpected snow days, yes in March, so I  took advantage of the schedule-free days, and decided to clean up my laundry closet.  (Before the knee surgery!)  Now, let me begin by saying that my washer bit the dust and the dryer was close behind, so we bought a new set of stackables.  I didn't really want these, but given the lack of space we have in there, it was no contest.  Now that I have a whole extra 3 square feet of space (sad, right?)  I decided to make the most of the tight quarters and added a cabinet, counter, shelf, and hooks.  Yeah, I need to paint in there, but I am not exaggerating when I tell you, that aside from the cat, I am the only living soul who goes in there.  It's upstairs and out of sight. (Plus I'm the only one who does the laundry).   I also decided to remove the door because it opened in, and it really gets in the way when you are heading out of there with a basket full of clothes.  

However...this is what it looks like most of the time!
okay all of the time.

We needed the door back.
I guess a sliding door is best, and they are everywhere, if not played out a bit ;(
I've been searching for some ideas, although I really don't want to buy a new door.. (planted and blooming here and all-gotta make the most of what I've got).  But I found some nice ones...

Here's my absolute favorite..


And this one... I have no words, really, I'm wiping up drool.

I do like the barn door style, simple to create, but maybe overused? They really aren't unique anymore.


I decided to install an industrial door track which was a purchase I made (for no reason) last summer.  So I busted that out, and after 2 hours of interpreting the wordless drawings, I had it assembled. 
 The spouse thought the concept of a sliding door was great.  

I was blushing on the inside at my creative genius, when he threw in the comment, "'s a shame that ugly track thing shows..."  
(cue the crickets).  

Anyway, back to the door.
It's a standard louvered door (yuck)  and again, nobody sees it but it's ugly and needs love, lots of love.  

I can't wait till this knee is project-ready and I'll share what I come up with.!