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Double Barn Door Closet Tutorial under $200

This double barn door closet tutorial is easy enough for beginners. If you’re looking for a simple way to upgrade a closet in your home, look no further. This double barn door closet tutorial is sponsored by Krylon®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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I’ve been swooning over barn doors before we even moved into our home. I knew when we were house hunting that our home had to have potential for upgrades because one thing I for sure wanted to add was barn doors. We started on our laundry room project not too long ago. Rather than having separate doors to close off the space, we decided that the finishing touch would be adding double barn doors.

We chose to have barn doors for a few different reasons. The major reason was to save space. Before we had doors that opened out into the hallway and they just took up so much space when we were doing laundry.

The project seemed easy enough and one that my husband and I could tackle together. The hardest part of the project was figuring out what design we wanted for our doors. We wanted something that fit the aesthetic of our home but was also timeless in case we ever decided to switch things up. I’m pretty sure we landed on the perfect design.

I couldn’t find plans that were just right for our closet opening so we had to create plans of our own. To start on your barn doors, you’ll need a few things from your local hardware store. Check out the double barn door closet tutorial below and let me know what you think!

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Double Barn Door Closet Tutorial


  • 2 MDF Panels (½” x 4’ x 8’)
  • (4) 1x4x8
  • (5) 1x2x8
  • Saw (we used a circular saw but a miter saw works too)
  • Kreg jig
  • 1 1/4″ Kreg screws
  • 1 1/4″ and 1″ brad nails
  • Brad nailer
  • Wood filler
  • Sander
  • Krylon Fusion All-in-One® Metallic Spray Paint
  • Barn door hardware
  • Door handles (optional)

**Note: The materials listed above are to build barn doors that are 57” x 82”. You can modify the materials as needed for the barn door size you want.**

Door Frame Cut List

Make the following cuts from the 1x4x8s

  • 4 pieces @ 82”
  • 3 pieces @ 57”

Make the following cuts from the 1x2x8s

  • 2 pieces @ 82”
  • 3 pieces @ 60”
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Step One: Assemble the door frame

Add two pocket holes with the Kreg Jig to each side of the three 1×4 pieces. Then, attach to the top, middle, and bottom in between the two outer 1×4 pieces using 1 1/4″ Kreg screws.

Next, attach the 1×2 pieces on the backside of the frame. Start with the longer end pieces and make them flush with the edges. Then, add the two 60″ pieces on the top and bottom and attach with 1 1/4″ brad nails and a brad nailer. (If you don’t have a brad nailer, you can use a nail and hammer. It will take a little more time and effort this way but the results will be the same.)

After your frame is assembled, use wood filler to cover the seams where the wood was put together to create the frame. Sand your wood filler using your sander to make the surface smooth.

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Step Two: Cut the MDF boards to fit DIY barn door frame

Once you’ve gotten your frames put together, it’s time to build the rest of the doors. Using your saw, you’ll want to cut the MDF boards to fit the frame. With the pattern we’re using, starting in the middle with our boards is best.

When making the cuts, make sure that you’re cutting the boards to fit from edge to edge of the frame.

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Step Three: Attach the inner boards with a brad nailer

It’s time to assemble your doors. Using a brad nailer and 1” brad nails, attach the inner boards to the backside of the frame. Repeat the steps until each of the boards is securely attached to the frame.

Step Four: Paint the frame and inner boards

For this project I chose to use Krylon Fusion All-in-One™ Metallic spray paint in Metallic Black Stainless. Krylon is known as an industry leader in product innovation, package design, project inspiration and color. Its range of products expands beyond the home and into your backyard with multipurpose, plastic, specialty, rust preventative, brush-on and craft products.

The Krylon Fusion All-in-One™ broad color palette has multiple finishes and sheens for indoors and out that are perfect for any project. Since we’re using these doors for our laundry room, I chose Krylon Fusion All-in-One Metallic spray paint because it provides maximum rust protection and corrosion resistance. We’ll be using the doors a lot so I wanted to use a paint that would provide us with the superior adhesion and durability.

No sanding or priming was required before painting plus Krylon paints dry quickly which cut down on our project time significantly. Both these things were a major selling point for us when choosing paint.

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Step Five: Install the hardware kit

Before you can hang your doors you’ll want to install your hardware kit. Follow the instructions on the kit that you’ll be using to hang your doors.

If you’re considering double barn doors in your home, I highly recommend building them. Building them will save so much money and give you the gratification of making something beautiful for your home. We built these doors for under $200! Buying them would have cost nearly 4 times that. In the end, I’m glad we decided to tackle this project together for our home.

Be sure to check out Krylon for more project inspiration. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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