Building a barn door for a rustic shed

Learn how building a barn door for a rustic shed with reclaimed wood and rusty junk hardware really woke this little rustic garden shed up! Includes how to side a shed with reclaimed wood. Click to full tutorial with many more how-to pictures!

Part 4 – Building a barn door for a rustic shed

As most of you already know, I’ve been busy attempting to save my rustic garden shed this summer. From tearing down, to reframing, weatherproofing then finally siding, it’s been an ongoing project that sometimes feels it will ‘never get done…’

But today changes all that! I finally have an update that makes this shed look like it’s nearly finished…  thanks to the addition of building a barn door for a rustic shed!

First up, I’ll share how the barn door style was built, then take you for a ‘nearly done’ full shed tour as it stands today!

Catch up with the shed series below:


Save the Shed series

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1 – Repairing a shed with demo tips (start HERE)

2 – Framing a shed with door making tips

3 – Adding reclaimed wood siding and a shingled gable

4 – Building a shed barn door with rusty junk hardware (you are here)

Visit all installments to date HERE


Building a barn door for a rustic shed

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Learn how building a barn door for a rustic shed with reclaimed wood and rusty junk hardware really woke this little rustic garden shed up! Includes how to side a shed with reclaimed wood. Click to full tutorial with many more how-to pictures!

 

Supplies I used:

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A pre-built door frame out of 2x4s – learn how I made one HERE

5.5″ reclaimed wood fence planks (already painted black)

Miter saw (I have a Bosch miter saw HERE and am crazy about it)

Cordless drill and screws (love my Makita cordless drills the most)

Heavy duty measuring tape (heavy duty is worth it)

Speed square (love drawing lines with these for accurate cuts)

Retractable extension cord (I LOVE these!)

Hinges (door or gate)

Random rusty junk or rustic gate hardware (love these wrought iron ones!)


How-to:

 

Learn how building a barn door for a rustic shed with reclaimed wood and rusty junk hardware really woke this little rustic garden shed up! Includes how to side a shed with reclaimed wood. Click to full tutorial with many more how-to pictures!

Read this shed siding post HERE

When saving the shed, I managed to save the existing door frame built from 2x4s.

But no fear… if you don’t have a door built yet, below is how I replicated this exact door frame on the other side of the shed!

Learn how to build a shed door from scratch using 2x4s. Easy to customize! Click to full tutorial.

Building a door frame

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1. Build a door frame out of 2x4s.

Building a shed door from scratch is not hard. It’s just attaching a few 2x4s together which makes for a heavy-duty door! Plus, you can customize the size.

Learn how to build the shed door HERE and weather-roofed it HERE

So next up is the super fun part of building a barn door for a rustic shed!

Learn how building a barn door for a rustic shed with reclaimed wood and rusty junk hardware really woke this little rustic garden shed up! Includes how to side a shed with reclaimed wood. Click to full tutorial with many more how-to pictures!

Adding wood planks to the door frame

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2. Gather up wood planks that will fit the door frame vertically.

I had some reclaimed cedar fence planks I landed from the curb already painted black which by complete fluke, happened to fit the existing framed door perfectly! When does that ever happen?!

You could also join shorter boards by attaching the main joins on any door bracing.

Learn how building a barn door for a rustic shed with reclaimed wood and rusty junk hardware really woke this little rustic garden shed up! Includes how to side a shed with reclaimed wood. Click to full tutorial with many more how-to pictures!

3. Attach each plank to the door frame with screws.

I grabbed various planks to try on the door, but after realizing how perfect the blank planks fit, that was my deciding factor.

Plus, I loved the idea of a shed door that contrasted to all that decadent reclaimed woodsy siding!

Each plank was screwed into place on the door frame. Since these planks had tongue and groove joins, they were gently tapped into position to ensure they fit tight while attaching each plank.

Learn how building a barn door for a rustic shed with reclaimed wood and rusty junk hardware really woke this little rustic garden shed up! Includes how to side a shed with reclaimed wood. Click to full tutorial with many more how-to pictures!

Adding barn door details

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4. Add barn door details by adding two horizontal planks first.

So let’s ramp up the barn door look next!

Two horizontal planks of the same wood were cut to the exact width of the door, then attached to the top and bottom with screws as shown above.

Learn how building a barn door for a rustic shed with reclaimed wood and rusty junk hardware really woke this little rustic garden shed up! Includes how to side a shed with reclaimed wood. Click to full tutorial with many more how-to pictures!

The finished barn door

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5. Attach one diagonal plank that reaches both horizontal boards, cut on the same angle.

One plank was then held into position diagonally, then penciled-n where I desired to make the cuts.

A miter saw was adjusted to the desired angle, then the board was cut twice using that exact angle to ensure both sides were identical for a perfect fit.

Place the diagonal board into position, attach with screws and call it done!

Oh… except… now let’s play around with some rusty junk hardware to really make that shed barn door with rusty junk hardware come to life!

Learn how building a barn door for a rustic shed with reclaimed wood and rusty junk hardware really woke this little rustic garden shed up! Includes how to side a shed with reclaimed wood. Click to full tutorial with many more how-to pictures!

Adding rusty junk door details

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6. Decorate the shed door with rusty junk hardware in realistic places.

After rummaging through my rusty junk bins, I came up with a rusty junk door pull, an aged lock and a copper bell acting as the doorbell or door knocker.

See how rusty junk hardware was added to a shed barn door for loaded antique character!

See how rusty junk hardware was added to a shed barn door for loaded antique character!

This door pull was the most fun! Two random rusty junk pieces were screwed directly on the door. I left the U shape of the pull ‘up’ so things could be hung from the door handle if desired.

The copper cowbell is an antique replication I picked up from who knows where. A bolt is hanging inside of it from a string so it makes a deep bong sound when tapped. Fun!

As for that perfectly sized big random rusty junk hook, isn’t it the coolest? What a team!

Below are some rustic hardware choices on Amazon:

rustic copper bells

antique-look door pulls

rustic gate lock

gate hinges


Learn how building a barn door for a rustic shed with reclaimed wood and rusty junk hardware really woke this little rustic garden shed up! Includes how to side a shed with reclaimed wood. Click to full tutorial with many more how-to pictures!

And while this post is about the door because the shed is not yet complete, I couldn’t help taking a few more pictures so you can see how far the shed has come…

Learn how building a barn door for a rustic shed with reclaimed wood and rusty junk hardware really woke this little rustic garden shed up! Includes how to side a shed with reclaimed wood. Click to full tutorial with many more how-to pictures!

The finished shed to-date

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… plus how it will continue to come to life!

This old wooden framed vintage window is from the original shed that I simply attached back on in the same spot.

Learn how building a barn door for a rustic shed with reclaimed wood and rusty junk hardware really woke this little rustic garden shed up! Includes how to side a shed with reclaimed wood. Click to full tutorial with many more how-to pictures!

And the old galvanized tub looked perfect hung under window hanging from a rusty junk hook.

Plus, hanging planter tubs on a shed is a great place to store them for the winter! I also like to store them on the reclaimed wood garden fence HERE.

Learn how building a barn door for a rustic shed with reclaimed wood and rusty junk hardware really woke this little rustic garden shed up! Includes how to side a shed with reclaimed wood. Click to full tutorial with many more how-to pictures!

And since the days are numbered that the grape vine leaves will remain green, I quickly took some full shots before all those leaves flip over to yellow….

Cute, huh?

HERE’s a fall shot of the shed! Which also shows some telltale signs of the shed giving out.

Learn how building a barn door for a rustic shed with reclaimed wood and rusty junk hardware really woke this little rustic garden shed up! Includes how to side a shed with reclaimed wood. Click to full tutorial with many more how-to pictures!

Because this little rustic garden shed stores firewood, I felt it fitting to hang a vintage cross cut saw on the shed as if the shed is ready for wood-duty on demand!

Learn how building a barn door for a rustic shed with reclaimed wood and rusty junk hardware really woke this little rustic garden shed up! Includes how to side a shed with reclaimed wood. Click to full tutorial with many more how-to pictures!

Plus of course, the shed still needs some roof facias, maybe shutters, possibly window boxes plus a little walkway, but I’m dreaming up so much more too. Maybe even some tin window awnings!

This version of the garden shed will be fun to morph over time, just like the last one!

So to recap how far the shed has come this summer…

Learn how building a barn door for a rustic shed with reclaimed wood and rusty junk hardware really woke this little rustic garden shed up! Includes how to side a shed with reclaimed wood. Click to full tutorial with many more how-to pictures!

Before…

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Learn how building a barn door for a rustic shed with reclaimed wood and rusty junk hardware really woke this little rustic garden shed up! Includes how to side a shed with reclaimed wood. Click to full tutorial with many more how-to pictures!

… and today!

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Learn how to build rustic shed siding using reclaimed wood. Click to full tutorial.

See how rusty junk was added to a fall flowerbed as garden art beside a rustic garden shed.

So here’s pretending the shed is complete during these last few days of good weather.

Learn how building a barn door for a rustic shed with reclaimed wood and rusty junk hardware really woke this little rustic garden shed up! Includes how to side a shed with reclaimed wood. Click to full tutorial with many more how-to pictures!

Because next time it shows up, I’m hoping to have this shed 100% complete, all decked out for fall…

And just wait until Christmas… 

Looking cute, huh?

Save the Shed series

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1 – Repairing a shed with demo tips (start HERE)

2 – Framing a shed with door making tips

3 – Adding reclaimed wood siding and a shingled gable

4 – Building a shed barn door with rusty junk hardware (you are here)

Visit all installments to date HERE

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Other related projects you may enjoy:

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How to build a faux barn door from barn wood for a headboard. Click to full tutorial.

How I built a faux barn door for a bedroom headboard

How to build a hall tree mirror frame with barn wood, including tips on how to protect chippy barn wood. Click to full tutorial.

Building an Antiques barnwood hall tree mirror frame

How to build a Potting Shed garden tool sign and easy potting bench against a rustic garden shed. Click to full tutorial.

Potting Shed garden tool holder sign with easy potting bench

Visit all rustic garden shed posts HERE

View all reclaimed wood projects HERE

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14 thoughts on “Building a barn door for a rustic shed

  1. I love what you’ve done to the place! The door is perfect. I’m a big fan of a tongue & groove look! You have worked so hard and hopefully the fun begins now with the decorations!

  2. I have enjoyed reading what all you have done with the shed. I am so impressed with all that you have done. You have done an excellent job. I love all the accents that you added with the barn door. I also enjoy you on Instagram. Thank you for taking the time to blog about what you do. You are the sunshine in my life. You also stretch my creative mind with all that you do.

  3. Donna, it’s looking really good! Just amazed at how you’ve managed to restore that adorable shed and bring life back into it. Also, I noticed that galvanized tub immediately and thought how pretty it would look if you turned it around and planted something colorful in it or set a potted trailing plant inside of it. Just a thought for next year😉

  4. Wow, did you ever luck out with the fence boards both in size and color! The new door is perfect and so is the rusty hardware and bell. I can’t wait to see it all decked out for the seasons. Like I said before, it’s my favorite shed in all of blogland!

  5. So Cute!! I’m so proud of you 🙂 You did it!! And it looks amazing.
    You always find the most awesome old hardware and gems 🙂 Thanks so much so sharing your summer feat!

  6. Job well done..looks great and a wonderful project to cross off your list before the cold winter winds and snow begin!!

    A great one for the self-confidence journal also.

  7. Love It! Absolutely fantastic! I’m gushing!!! Seriously, Donna, the whole she’d revival is done very well. My apologies for not communicating for a while. Was having trouble with my computer. Funky junk Interiors is still my number one FAVORITE!

  8. I absolutely love it! I really miss my farmhouse where I could do all these rustic things. Living on a greek island, in a small unit no less, is SO different from what I’m used to!

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