Sliding Old Green Door

How’s that for a descriptive title?  I’m feeling especially creative today, it seems!

It has been months since I found, and posted about these beautiful green doors that I bought (for only $10 a piece) to use as a sliding door to our yet-to-be-remodeled bathroom.

When I brought them home, I seriously thought that I would have them up and sliding by the end of the weekend.

You all realize that when I say “I” when describing projects that involve more than a paint brush and screw driver, I really mean “he”.  As in my husband.  Kevin.  Do-er of any sort of DIY involving more than a paint brush, etc.  You get the idea…

Seriously, that man can do it all.  Just about anything that has needed to be done in our house he has figured out how to do.  Correctly, even – that’s a bonus.  I know – you don’t have to tell me (but feel free to anyway :)), I am one lucky lady!

But just because you can do something does not guarantee that you always want to do it.  Especially when your wife brings home a heavy, old, too-small-for-the-opening door and expects you to have it up and sliding before the end of the weekend.

I swear, it seemed like a very simple project.

I stand by that.

After much deliberation, and trips the hardware store, Lowe’s, Home Depot and 84 Lumber, we (he) purchased the following items to hang the door.

1/2″ black pipe (cut to length and re-threaded)

2 3-inch flanges

2 90-degree elbows

This picture shows how the pipe, elbow, and flange fit together and attach to the wall.  This makes the rail that the door slides on.  Notice the wood behind the flange.  This was a little tricky.  Obviously, you want the door to slide as close to the wall as possible (especially for a bathroom door).  But it can’t be so close that it scrapes the wall as it travels.  We found the right balance of close but not too close, but unfortunately that balance had the elbow only partially screwed into the flange, and it wasn’t securely attached.  If we screwed the elbow in further to make it more secure, it pulled the door too close to the wall.  Sooooo…. Kevin cut a piece of plywood to fit behind the flange which gave enough space to screw the elbow in further without pulling the door up against the wall.  (phew…. that sounds complicated.  My head hurts.)

So – back to supplies…

2 J-hooks

Kevin used the J-hooks to hang the door from the rail.  He attached the hooks to the door with 3/8″ nuts and washers on both sides of the door.  Notice, however, that the hooks are no longer in the shape of a J.  He had to bend the bottom of the hooks (which are normally straight) so that he could attach them to the door.  He had to use MAPP gas to heat it so that he could bend it – he tells me propane wouldn’t work because it doesn’t get hot enough.  Ok, so this might not be the best option for anyone (me) afraid of gas and high heat.  There are definitely other options at this point.  These doors are hung using an eye hook…

country living

(btw – this is the picture I gave Kevin when I bought the doors and assured him how simple it would be!  haha.)

The advantage of a J-hook is that you can easily lift the door off of the rail should the need arise.  If you use the eye hook, you have to remove the rail from the wall to slide the door off.   Sometimes it’s nice to have semi-permanent options.  So if you have a rock-star DIY husband like I do, go for the J-hook!  lol

At this point, all that is needed is 2 casters at the bottom, and you’re ready to roll! :) (boo!  didn’t see that one coming, did you??)

WHOA!  Not gonna be that easy, girlfriend!  (What is with me today??  Maybe I didn’t get enough sleep last night!)

So…. the door I bought wasn’t quite long enough to cover the door opening.  Kevin had to add a few inches to the bottom of the door.  To disguise the addition, he cut a panel that matches the other 2 panels that run across the front of the door.  Then it was my job to match the finish.  Oh yeah – hand over the paint brush and move out of my way, Mr. DIY.

I took a chip of the paint to Sherwin Williams and they helped me match it.  I didn’t have a big enough chip to do a color match, but we found a pretty close match.  I bought a sample quart of it which is a perfect way to save money.  The sample quarts aren’t their highest quality paint and they don’t recommend it for applications that will get a lot of wear.  Worked perfectly for the door though – and only $6!

I painted, sanded, and used a black glaze on top.  I think it turned out pretty well, but I think I’ll do a bit more sanding.  Once it was hanging I noticed that I used a little too much glaze and I’d like to tone it down some.

There is just no way to get a better picture.  Too many walls.

I love the finished product!  And it was so simple! ;)

Much love,


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  1. Those are just gorgeous! Love the color!

    • I love the color too! I would have loved to use both for the project, but our hallway is so small, and they were 2 different sizes (the cross-boards didn’t match up). But I’m glad that I have one to use for another project some day!
      Thanks for stopping by!

    • Hi,Nice alternative to the barn door rail! Is noise a problem when opening & closing.Gonna give this a shot,thanks for your idea.Mark.

  2. Kristin@avintagefairy says:

    love it Brenda! I am so trying to convince my hubby to do something similar in our new mudroom space. he hasn’t bought on yet. maybe if i bring a door home he will have no choice :)

    • Hey Kristen!! Why do they always doubt us at first?? We prove ourselves again and again…. lol! I’m sure he’ll come around. And hopefully your installation won’t be as bumpy as ours was! Nice to hear from you! :)

  3. Linda@Coastal Charm says:

    AWESOME find!! Love that color and LOVE this look. Thanks for sharing at my party.


  4. Brenda,

    Spied that door in your last post (eagerly awaiting the mini-kitchen remodel reveal) and so glad you posted about the door today. Now that I read how you found the doors, and the vision / creativity you had to modify and come up with a DIY install a la barn door style, well, WOW is the word I come up with. That door is gorgeous and perfect and adds so much flair and character, doesn’t even matter if the powder room behind it isn’t done! Pinned this wonderful door.

    Robin @

    • Robin – thanks so much! It’s always so satisfying when your vision becomes reality. And it is so awesome when someone else appreciates it!!
      I am beside myself with impatience to finish both the kitchen and the bathroom. I am sure you have felt some of that as you work on your dining room (which is looking amazing!) Why do we DIY-ers have so little patience with our projects?? Probably because we all have 100 other projects waiting in the wings… lol
      Thanks again Robin!


  5. Love the idea and the color too. My projects always balloon into a longer timeframe and additional trips to the hardware store. You all should be proud of the final project though!

    • Thanks Karen! Every now and then it’s fun to have a project that goes smoothly. But the tricky ones do feel the best once tackled!

  6. I so need to find a door like this now! Amazing.

  7. Looks awesome Brenda!

  8. This looks terrific, Aunt Brenda!

  9. WOW these are gorgeous, lucky you for finding them for such a steal! Thanks for linking up I’ll be featuring you next week.

  10. That looks great! Looks super easy!

    • Thanks! Funny that I thought it did seem easy, but when I tried to write about how we did it, it seemed complicated! My husband reminded me that it was very simple once we figured a few things out!

  11. I love the green on this door!
    It turned out great…and the additional piece added to the bottom was a good cover.
    …via CCC, Pat

  12. What a great transformation! I love the color. Have a blessed weekend.

  13. Great find and great project! Yes, you are lucky! :) Love the way it came together.
    Have a great weekend.

  14. All yours and Kevin’s hard work ended in a fabulous project! The doors look great. I’m now following via email so I don’t miss a post!

  15. I adore your choice of paint color!

    Popped in from Stuff and Nonsense’s Fridays Unfolded.

  16. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    What an awesome project! I love the way it tuned out! It was worth the wait!

  17. I looooove those doors!

  18. Love the doors. Had to look at all the details because in my house I have similar sliding door but mine is on an old barn door track. My husband made a pair of new rollers for the top and built the door himself. Aren’t handy husbands great??

    • Indeed they are, Mary! I will be stopping over to see how he hung them. I love that you were able to use an old track. Lucky!

  19. This is awesome! What a steal for those doors! Love it! I would love for you to come by and link this up to my linky party called Rustic Restorations Weekend.

  20. Will try to stop my this weekend when I am off to see the finished look Awesome form photos.

  21. Stopping by from your feature at MyUncommonSliceOfSuburbia to pin this door, I love it!


  22. Love, love, love the color! Those are so super cool. How could you not buy them? I too, like to bring things home and go; “Honey, can you make this for me?” I am lucky that way too. It turned out amazing and adds so much charm. Enjoy!!

    • Thanks Shannon! It’s great to have a handy husband. Especially when they at least consider all of our crazy ideas!
      Thanks for stopping by.

  23. Great idea doing a sliding door and I love the color.

  24. :) LOVE, love, love! I really want to do this to the doorway of our master bath!

  25. must love junk says:

    This is fantastic!!
    Love the whole idea of it and also the color! I’m following through Google Reader, and would love you to visit and say hi :)

  26. I’m totally IN LOVE with this door, the color, the patina, the shape, the slide….ahhh everything!

  27. Thanks so much for coming by and sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

  28. The door is awesome and love the color . How did you tone down the bottom ? I just love a good adventure !!!

    • Thank you Bev! I used paint that SW matched to the original green, and then I used black glaze over that. Then I sanded a bunch!!

  29. I love your doors! They look fabulous. What a great price too!


  30. What color is this?!? I am in love with it!

    • Hey Andrea! The door was already green when I bought it, but Sherwin Williams matched it pretty well. The label says COMP(DRN) 4804 ‘The Green’ (underneath that it says custom sher-color match). I honestly don’t know why it says custom, because I swear that she used a color that was in the fan deck. Maybe it’s an older color?? If you need the formula, I have it.
      Good luck!

      • Gee Willikers says:

        Would love the formula. I’m remodeling my sons bed/bath Had flood damage to repair so I figured hey why not change it up? So glad I found your cottage. Its amazing

  31. Looks great…Its nice to be married to a handy man when you are creative. Love the color!

  32. Great job! I love this. I’ve been dying to do these doors for years. You make it look doable. Thanks! Lisa~

  33. what a wonderful door, and a great solution. I like that it lifts off. Good job with the extension and matching the color. I’d never have known.

    • Kevin was pretty insistent that it be able to come off easily. He seems to think I re-design a lot??? Not sure what gave him that idea…
      Thanks Gail!

  34. Oh how I love, love, love sliding doors like this one. Great work, both of you! How fun you got it for only $10! I am still hunting for a place where I can stick this in my house, so far no luck. Maybe I will have to knock down a wall to stick a sliding door there! Featuring at my party tomorrow at 2 EST. Thanks! -K

    • Thank you so much Karen!!! So excited to be featured on your awesome blog!!!
      Knocking down a wall does not seem at all unreasonable to me. Whatever it takes to fulfill our vision for our homes! ;)

  35. Love this project Brenda. What a clever hubby you have. . . I think mine would have ran from the room screaming had I shown him that Country Living photo. Thanks for linking to Shabbilicious Friday this week.

  36. Ohh I just love how your doors came out- we actually have a similar door situation we are planning as well- sliding doors are fantastic. Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

    • Thanks Courtney – I’m looking forward to your finished door project! ANd thanks for hosting Feathered Nest Friday!

  37. This tutorial rocks! I’ve been looking for a good solution to hardware and you’ve found it. Thanks so much! I included your tutorial in my post today. Angela @ Mrs. White Twig & Tea

    • Thanks so much Angela! I’m gald that the tutorial seemed to make sense. Sometimes it’s ao hard to tell until other people read it!
      I’ll be stopping by soon!

  38. You are featured today at Potpourri Friday!

  39. Off the charts Amazing!

  40. Ten dollars each? That’s an amazing deal. I would love to have sliding barn doors in my house. Yours look great!

  41. This is a beautiful sliding door, Brenda, and I stand on the chair and applaud your wonderful hubby for figuring all this out! This would be a cool door solution for our downstairs bathroom–will have to spring it on my wonderful hubby after he’s had a couple of glasses of wine!

  42. You and Kevin really rocked this door. I love the simplicity of how you hung it and the genius way you added to the door to make it fit. I know how you feel when you “think” you are going to make a project in a weekend but have to wait for your helper. But this was worth the wait, that is for sure!

    • Thanks so much Stephanie! Yes – the waiting is very frustrating at times. I really need to learn how to do more things! Or better yet, clone my husband.
      So glad you stopped by.

  43. It looks amazing! The color is just fab…

  44. Love that door! I am tossing a similar idea around for our dining room, but it’s a matter of finding a good door at a good price.

    • Thanks Kristy! Doesn’t it sometimes seem harder when you have an idea of what you want? I hadn’t really cosidered re-using a door, we were planning to build one. But I loved the green doors so much when I saw them. And the price was right!
      Good luck with your search!

  45. AHHH! That’s WONDERFUL! I need this SO MUCH and the hardware is SOO expensive, I would have had no idea. Thank you thank you thank you.

  46. They look great! How do you stop them from swinging up if someone pushes them? I want to something like this only smaller for a cupboard but without a track at the bottom I am sure my kids will pull them up if you know what I mean.

    • Yes – I know just what you mean! And the honest answer is that I haven’t kept it from pulling away from the wall – yet. I have in my mind the kind of track we need at the bottom – we’ll attach it to the baseboard rather than to the floor. You mentioned that you don’t want to use a track – sorry that I don’t have any other suggestions!
      I plan to update the post once we have it in place (not that it will help you!) :(
      Good luck Jess!

  47. I had to come by after seeing this door over at Meridian Road! I love it and you guys did a great job rigging it up. I’m going to have to pin it so that I can remember how to do it if I am ever so lucky to find one :)

    • Thanks Anita! So glad that you stopped over. If you have the Habitat ReStores near you, that is a great place to find doors.
      Good luck!

  48. These doors look gorgeous. So can you tell me how easily they slide? Seems like they would squeak? Are they noisy?


  49. Stephanie says:

    I love the industrial pipe thing…I am wanting to make a corner shower curtain rod with a matching towel rod. I have been searching EBay for old pieces to repurpose but have found that it will be much cheaper to buy new at Menard’s…You have confirmed how awesome it will look!!

  50. Thank you so much for this! I have been pondering how to make these sliding doors more affordable FOR YEARS! You took the guess work out of it! Apreeesh

  51. I love everything about this. The color, the style, the idea ….. wow.

  52. It’s all coming back!! I featured your amazing barn doors. See? I knew I would figure out why I was here, beside the fact that I like your hair and wished mine looked that all the time, except I have to have chunks of obnoxious red or pink in mine because I can never leave anything alone.

  53. I have one door like that. Now I know what to do with it. Amazing.

  54. How do you like your door still? Does the pipe and J Hook make any of the “metal sliding on metal” noise when you open the door? If so is it bad? I have been wanting this so bad there is no door between out master room and out master bathroom when we moved in, honestly not even enough room to open it if there were.

  55. Sheblooms says:

    As soon as I seen your doors I sent your link to my hubby, saying look someone else has our way of thinking. I love your doors and we are renovating my husbands grandmother’s farm house and plan to do just what your hubby did. We spent an afternoon at TSC fuguring how NOT to spend $4 – $500 on the hardware & tracks.
    We came up with very much the same plan as you have, adding the hardware on the door to look like garage or fence hinges.
    Thanks for sharing your photos.
    Like you I said “we” but it’s HE. My line is Hun – Make it so!
    He has the accountant brain with the skills of a contractor.
    I TOO know I am a lucky woman.
    BTW… we have just downsized from a 3000 sq ft home and are
    renovating 2 x 1000 sq ft houses at the same time.
    Winter home in Florida and Grandma’s farm house in Ontario.
    Good luck on your home and I love your blog

    She Blooms

  56. Cool piece of advice. We structured a the child room endure days.
    It turned out pretty much.

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  58. Hi Brenda! I love these doors, and I love that you used a different way of hanging them! I’m including this in a round-up of sliding doors + hardware tomorrow on Remodelaholic — and I also have a question. Do you have a link to the j hooks that you used? I don’t see anything that looks like yours when I’m looking at Home Depot or Lowe’s and I’d love to be able to find something similar, both for our readers’ sake and for my own personal use ;)

    Lorene @Remodelaholic

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  60. Love it and the old door an color. Was thinking that’s the way to do my door cheap. One question, when you slide the door does it make a scraping noise? Metal on metal.

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