Barn Doors

Barn Doors

Old Barn Doors are not just for barns anymore…nor are they always old. I personally love using old and unusual doors in a lot of my projects. First of all it’s “green” to re-use, and, it adds character in a home; only, of course, if it is appropriate for my client!

image courtesy of Meyer Davis Studio via Houzz

Currently I’m working on a project on the coast, here in Sonoma County, out in Bodega Bay. It’s a mid 70’s home where we are keeping the 3/4″ thick redwood paneling on the walls and using salvage wood for the floors, plus re-cycling a lot of cabinet doors and drawer fronts. We will be using barn doors for the kitchen pantry and for a wide doorway to the master bath to capture the bathroom view of the ocean in the master bedroom. AND, we placed a modern soaking tub in front of said window to take full advantage of the view as well! Oh yea… While we will be making these two barn doors from re-claimed lumber from the walls we are took down to open the floor plan (rather then buying old barn doors) the look will be old and rustic. There are lots of alternatives for the hardware from rustic barn door hardware, to modern slick versions which can look great with old or new doors. There are many options to traditional barn doors that can serve the same purpose as well, such as:

  • Old doors imported from India or Indonesia, or, of course Italy or France.

    Image courtesy of Architectural Digest

  • Old painted doors that work as a piece of art.
  • Modern Doors out of glass, new wood or steel.
  • Hallowed tin covered doors work well too, as they are light and easy to hang and move.
  • Glass doors to open up your home to the outdoors.

    Image courtesy of Delight by Design

  • Use Barn Door track for other ideas, such as to slide a decorated panel over a TV screen, or…
  • Hang a mirror over a window in a bathroom. When done with the mirror, slide it aside for the view!
There are many adaptations, it all depends on your needs, wants and a little imagination.
So, what do you think, could you see a use for a barn door in your home? Where and how? I invite you to leave me a comment below. I love getting new ideas from my readers!
In the meantime, check out the video below and get inspired with a Little Bit of Beauty™ from a barn door.




  1. Margret Bagwell 7 years ago

    I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

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      Irene Turner 7 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by! I’m glad you like what you see here.

  2. Really interesting post, Irene.

    I’m a huge fan of barn doors. They add so much charm, huh?

    Have a very blessed weekend.


    Luciane at

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      Irene Turner 7 years ago

      So nice to see you pop up here Luciane. Wishing you all the best as well!

  3. Caron 7 years ago

    I LOVE this look! Can’t wait to see how it turns out. Make sure you post in on our page –


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      Irene Turner 7 years ago

      I will Caron, and will be sure to send my guys to Belmont Harbor

  4. Caron 7 years ago

    PS Fabulous post!!

  5. Lori Gilder 7 years ago

    Love the post! I’m a big fan of the look and concept of barn doors and I’m integrating them into one of my current projects as well. In fact I was so inspired by them I wrote a post on these fabulous doors back in Jan.

    What a fabulous way to infuse instant character to a space!

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      Irene Turner 7 years ago

      thanks for stopping by Lori. Please post your link to your January blog on Barn Doors. I’d love to share

  6. Lyn Higgs 6 years ago

    Absolitely love the barn door look–first was attraacted to them when used as room dividers and also as a headboard–I can see where they would fit in beautifully on the style house you are renovating—-Absolutely love the kitchen you have posted with the yellow island and the soap stone countertops –Wish i could hire you to come to a remodel on my place and oh yes–love the music you play on your videos–“swinging doors” is great who is the artist do that song??
    Thanks for sharing your great talent–just love watching and waiting to see what you will do next in this project!!!

    Waiting for next installment!!!!


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