disclosure: this post is sponsored by National Hardware.
I’ve always had a soft spot for the butler’s pantry.
It had a rough beginning with faux brick flooring and a floating water heater and stand-up freezer.
Kind of the pantry that time forgot.
We added built-ins and painted the shelving SW Extra White and the walls SW Mindful Gray and added dishes and a chalkboard menu and peel and stick flooring…
…and told the pantry it was beautiful.
When I designed the space and I planned the open shelving, I always imagined a barn door. But then we got busy with baseball and cheerleading and basketball and life and the barn door was only a dream.
Here’s one side of the door with the dishes and platters and bowls and plates.
You grab the handle and it slides to the other side like butter.
And looks like this.
This is the more organized side.
I filled baskets with glassware and stacked the extra plates and lined up the glasses on these easy hangers.
Here’s the side view of the pretty side.
Then slide the door over to the organized side.
Isn’t it beautiful?
I know the farmers that built this house would have added one of their own if they weren’t so busy cutting hay and milking cows.
If you think a barn door might be in your future, here’s the tutorial on how we hung the barn door.
Step 1: Purchase a barn door kit. This is the one I used. It comes with instructions and
There are several pieces that come in the kit. Ours came with a track, track brackets, hardware, spacers, hanger rollers and end pieces to prevent the door from sliding off the ends It comes with instructions and how-to’s and details. Make sure to follow the manufacture’s directions when hanging your door. There are all sorts of specifications on door weight and how to ensure there is enough support when the door is hung. Our door is made from light-weight pine so it’s not that heavy. If you don’t want to build the door (we did to make sure it fit the space exactly), there are barn doors for sale at your local home improvement store.
Step 2: Hang a mounting board. You can see our mounting board here. It’s a 1″ x 5″ piece of pine. We cut ours slightly longer than the track and attached it to the front of the shelving. We also added 1″ x 4″ support pieces behind the mounting board to make sure the door has adequate support.
Step 3: Hang the track with the hardware included in the kit according to manufacturer’s directions. This is the track that the hanger rollers will slide on. Make sure the track is level. If the track isn’t level, the door won’t stay in place and always slide to one side.
Make sure to add the end pieces to the end of the track according to manufacturer’s directions to prevent the door from sliding off the track.
Step 4: Construct (or buy a door)
Here’s a close-up of the door that we built.
It’s constructed from lightweight pine. I’m going to write a more detailed tutorial on it later, but there are six pieces of 1″ x 8″ board.
We then cut a 1″ x 6″ board for the top and bottom and the diagonal cross piece. The boards are nailed together and primed and painted.
Step 5: Attach the hanger rollers
Here’s a close-up of the hardware.
Isn’t it beautiful?
It’s what makes the entire door work.
Follow the manufacturer’s directions and attach to the door. Make sure all hardware is tightened.
Step 6: Attach the door hardware
I love this big beautiful bar pull.
It’s the perfect blend of industrial meets farmhouse meets my butler’s pantry.
Attach the handle to the door.
Step 7: Hang the door
Place the roller hangers on the track according to the manufacturer’s directions and hang the door.
Isn’t it beautiful?
I didn’t think I could love the butler’s pantry any more, but I do.
If only those farmers could see it now.
They and the cows would be so proud. 🙂
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