My latest ongoing home improvement project is replacing the builders grade double doors into the master bedroom with a sliding barn door type setup. The original doors were maddening. They were falling apart, and took up too much floor space when open. They also stuck some when closed which made opening them a loud procedure.
This is the hardware I chose from Amazon. It is affordable and has free shipping, which is great when you think about how much it likely weighs. It will work well with the 36″ opening I am working with.
This post is mainly though about preparing the door itself, and there will be a separate entry about installation. I had a few old heart pine Charleston doors in the garage. I picked one out, and this is to be my sliding door.
I love chippy old lead based paint. The issue is, I already have a focal point piece in the master that has it- my old pie safe. It is one of my most favorite pieces of furniture. I picked it up at a country auction a few years back, and it is gorgeous. The door, though also beautiful, has green and pink chippy paint and it was too much of the look so close together. So the decision to strip it was made.
The stripper I used was Klean Strip Premium Stripper. Folks, this is an outdoor project. One must wear thick chemical gloves, a mask, and eye protection as this will likely burn your skin. The good news is, it works. You slather it on the door, wait 15 minutes, and scrape with a plastic scraper. I had to do this 4 or 5 times, as the door had so many coats of old paint on it. It had Green-> Pink-> Yellow-> Turquoise and finally the wood was underneath.
This is what it looks like as the paint starts bubbling up with the chemical stripper on top.
Here is the progression from coat one to five. The final picture is how I have left it. I didn’t want to take away all of the paint. The step after stripping is to wipe it all down with mineral spirits to remove any traces of the chemical. I also then wiped down the door with tung oil (my favorite reclaimed wood finish).
The wood underneath is beautiful. I can’t wait to show you all how it looks on its track and being used. I have to modify the door frame some, and then paint the other side of the door. I am painting it a solid semi gloss white to match the trim in the house, so that from outside the room, it does’t look out of place. It will be nice once it is all complete, so we can have a bedroom door again rather than the old curtain we are currently using. The Wifey will certainly appreciate it. Thats all for now– Look out for part two of this project!