The Barn Door

No matter our age, we all have things that we wish and hope for in life. I love being even just a small catalyst to help those things come true for others.

“I’ve always wanted a barn door,” a client said to me recently. With her basement renovations, she was finally getting her wish. While her contractor talked her out of putting the door on a track (with teenagers, it’s best to have a door that shuts), my job was to create a barn door replica and incorporate some beautiful live edge pallet planks in it.

I couldn’t help but smile when she showed me the two pallets she had reclaimed from the roadside for her basement projects. She had quickly learned which ones were “gold” – and her little stash contained two of the most amazing pallets I had ever come across.

Two live edge planks were used for the door. The rest of the planks were used for an accent wall in her basement (pictures of that will be in a separate post).


In order to create a distressed look on the newer wood planks, I had fun taking chains and tools and beating up the wood.


The door was then stained in a solid cherry color and then hand-painted/stained with a mahogany to give certain knots and ridges more depth.


I used vintage black nails for an accent on the back of the door’s top and bottom.


The finished door/bathroom, complete with her own matching pallet art piece:




Barn door: I’m happy to design/build a barn door to fit any door frame. Please email me at if interested!

About Mel

My name is Mel, and I spend my time living, working and playing on the east coast. I'm a reclaimed wood artist who loves to continually find ways to repurpose wood and give it new life. "Nature Calls: Reclaimed Wood Designs" is my business dedicated to doing that! Thanks for stopping by!
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