Are you interested in changing up the style in your home? Maybe rustic doors are just the addition that you have been looking for. You can make rustic doors for you home on your own. All you need is a few tools and materials to be well on your way to this relatively easy DIY project. You will want to complete this project on a nice day since you will be painting as well as building the door. Once you gather the tools and materials needed and decide on a nice day you will be ready to start your project by following the steps below.
Measure The Opening
You need to measure the area which you are creating the door for. Measure the height and the width. It is best that the door be a little bit larger than the opening in which you are wishing to cover. That being said, from the measurements that you get, you will want to add a couple of inches in width, the amount will be up to your digression. Write this down because you will need it when building the door.
Building The Door
Now you need to build the door. To do this make a frame using the five 1”X2” boards. You should cut these to fit the desired measurements determined above. Once these are cut make a rectangle with the pieces, and make sure that it is squared. One piece should run across the middle of the frame. Now you need to secure the frame using screws and your drill. Be careful not to drill too much as this can split the wood. After the frame is complete you should wrap it in oriented strand board, also known as flake board, to give it extra strength and use screws to attach.
To get the rustic look you will be using pallets. You should use your reciprocating saw to cut the boards apart from the frame. You will then be able to arrange the boards however you wish. Once you have them in place you can use your nail gun to attach these boards to the OSB. Now, use the circular saw in order to square up the edges of the door.
Color Washing The Door
Now it is time to really amp up the appearance of your door. To do this you will try a technique known as coloring washing. You will be mixing water with the color that you choose for the door.
If you want a wash that is opaque in appearance you will use one part of water for two parts of paint. This will result in you only seeing very subtle hints of the wood grain.
For those looking for a medium wash, you will use equal parts of water and paint. This makes for brushstrokes that are less apparent. The pattern that is underlying will be able to be seen well.
To accomplish a light wash, you use one part paint and two parts of water. This allows you to really show off the texture of the wood.
Mix the paint how you desire. Now, outside use a paintbrush and paint small sections of the wood. You can then use a damp cloth to wipe away some of the paint, making sure to work in the same direction as the grain to accomplish a finish that is more uniform. Continue until you have finished the front side of the door and the edges. Allow the wood time to dry. If you want to add in more color then now would be the time to do another coat. Continue until the door looks the way that you want it too. It is always easier to darken a piece later but once you have put the color on it is hard to make it lighter, especially after it has had time to dry. Keep your layers on the light side when painting.
Now you need to attach the hardware. First, you should attach the two pulleys to the two bar brackets. Once you have installed the pulleys you are ready to install the bar to the door. Before you can attach the bar brackets to the doors you will need to drill pilot holes using your drill. Be sure to do this outside as you don't want a mess inside, nor do you want the wood particles floating in the air you will be inhaling. Wearing safety glasses anytime you will be using a drill or a saw is a good idea, so you may want to put a pair on.
Now use the bolts and nuts to put the bar brackets on the door. You are ready to add a straight bar to the bottom of where the brackets were placed. The remaining straight bar will be placed on the wall and secured using the four spacers as well as the screws included. This should be installed according to the height of the doors straight bar. Once everything has been installed it is time to put the door up. To do this you will simply need to lift the door up and onto the rail. The wheels will set on the rail itself.
Now you just need to slide the door back and forth, making sure that it functions just as it should. Once you know the door is working correctly you have successfully completed another DIY project. It didn't time much time or effort but should leave you with an appealing new addition to your home.