Hey there!! Hope you had an AMAZING holiday!! We enjoyed ours greatly and now I’m ready to move into the New Year. I’ve had a few lingering projects that I’ve mentioned here and there, I wanted to get those wrapped up and posted for y’all here on the blog. One of those was the sliding door in my laundry/craft room. I haven’t shown much of the laundry side of the room but I’m hoping to fix that over the next week. Here’s a refresher of what the craft room opposite the laundry looks like.
The entrance to this room is right off of our kitchen. It had a couple of louvered doors on it that we really didn’t like. They looked bad but they also made the door opening super narrow so that every time I tried to carry a laundry basket out I’d bang it into the doors. Not cool. No form. No function.
So, we took this gnarly looking door off the front of our house. Joel and I had the harebrained idea to strip it all the way down to the original wood. The problem was, this door was original to our 1954 house and had been painted a gazillion times. We used 4 different chemical products on it to get down to the wood. It. took. F.O.R.E.V.E.R. And actually, if I can get personal for just a minute, I was having a hard time in my life during the process. I was battling depression, which was very new territory for me. Stripping this door became a mission and a symbol of fighting through it all. It took months to finish stripping the layers of paint off this door. My husband, Joel, helped a ton and would encourage me, if I didn’t do anything else that day to work on stripping just a few layers off the door. It became a thing and now this door holds a very special place in my heart. It represents a hard time that I fought through and came out better on the other side. With that said, I don’t have many in process pictures. *womp,womp*
How pretty is that wood?!?! And can we talk about how I hung it once I got it lookin’ all fine?
DIY Sliding Door – What You’ll Need
Desired length of plumbing conduit
2 floor flanges
First I pre-drilled holes into the top of my would-be sliding door. (I didn’t want to split my wood after all of the hard work I put into stripping the paint off of it!) Then I screwed the eye hooks into the top of the door. You will definitely need a partner in crime for this project. Four hands will certainly be better than two.
Next, pre-drill and attach your two casters onto the bottom of the door. Stand your door up and slide your long plumbing conduit through the eye hooks on top of your door. Hold your door and conduit in place to get a feel for where you want it to hang. Keep in mind, most of the weight of the door is being supported by the casters on the floor. The eye hooks and pipe are just a guide for the door to slide on.
Mark where your flanges will go. Luckily for me, I had a space where I could hang my pipe from wall to wall. If you aren’t that lucky you can buy a curved joint to add to your pipe to hang it on the wall above your door opening.
Put your sliding door to the side and screw one floor flange into place. Bring your door and pipe back over and screw one end into the flange. Get your other flange and screw onto the opposite end of the pipe. Have your helper hold the door in place while the other flange is attached to the wall and you’re done!!