Sliding Pantry Door - A before and after - Lynn Fern

Sliding Pantry Door - A before and after

I purchased this door from Philadelphia Salvage. If you are in the Philly area...I highly suggest this as a must visit on your list.  They have some of the greatest finds.  I came home with far more than this beautiful arch door that would soon become my sliding pantry door.

I always knew I wanted a sliding barn door for our newly rebuilt home.  What I didn't realize is the one I'd fall in love with would have an arch.  But, I found this old door browsing facebook one day, and immediately knew I'd turn it into a sliding pantry door!  And, a red sliding pantry door!


Once I was given the go ahead that the doorway could be turned into an archway, I started seeking out a place to purchase the hardware so we could hang the door.  This door is really heavy so I needed good sturdy hardware to make the sliding pantry door hang correctly!

I went to and spoke with them directly to ensure I was ordering the right hardware. The one thing we ordered that I would never had thought of (per the rep that I spoke to) was a stay roller to keep the door from swinging.  The stay roller is fastened to the wall behind the door, the door sits between the wall and the roller.  The roller can be adjusted for width of the door.

We ordered a flat track system with the arrows.


Because the door is arched we had to make some adjustments to the length of the strap.  We had the guy that framed our home (Andy) cut and then weld a long piece in the middle to make the straps much longer. You would never be able to notice the adjustment he did such a great job!!


You can see here, with a little sneak peek, that the reason to make the strap longer was where the top of the door arched the original strap was too short for the long sides, and to have put it on the next panel would not have allowed for the door to hang right or safely.

And then...

We hung the door to ensure everything was right with the hardware...

Oh snap....look how sweet she looks all hung up!  I could already visualize how it would look once I painted her barn red!!! 


I began the work on the door...  This was a process in itself!  Before I even started on the door, actually before we even brought the door inside, we tested it for lead paint.  Luckily the paint was not a lead based paint.  Had this been lead based paint the process would've been much more in depth to remove & strip the paint.  It was not something I was looking forward to...thankfully I didn't have to worry about it.

Between layers of paint and the bottom of the door had wood rot.  I would deal with fixing that later. As a side note..  I knew the door had wood rot prior to purchasing.


I started sanding...and sanding...more sanding.  And, then I filled in the wood rot with Rot Stop first and then wood filler.  I think I ended up sanding and filling with more wood filler 3 or 4 times.  Since this was to be an inside door, I was not in the least concerned about the wood rot.

Once I had a good smooth surface and the majority of the paint removed (I never got to the original door, but I didn't need to) I had to decide what color I was going to paint the door.  Now let me just tell you this... I love with all my heart old barns especially red ones.  This door reminds me of just that and I so wanted to paint it red in the very beginning.

I have never stepped out of my comfort zone and gone BOLD.  Red is a statement to me.  But, then I remember reading a very long time ago that using red in decorating brings happiness.... love.  A red door means "welcome" and "protection".  

I had to put about 3 coats on each side.  The color is Barn Door Red by Glidden.  

I then used a little ebony stain and wiped around to make it look really old and distressed.  I used baby oil to move the oil around and really concentrating on the crevices.  I let it dry and cure for a day.  I then waxed it with Maison Blanche antique dark wax. 

Once completed I added the kick plate on both sides, the mailbox slot and the handles.  

And...this is my final product -

Sliding Barn Door.Arch-door-turned-sliding-barn-door

I know some people say that the handle is on the wrong side, but for our family & the way this door is set up on the inside, this was the best option.  Plus the door really is never shut.

I also didn't fill the holes because I like them & the character of the door.  I might one day do something, but right now I like it.



That is my DIY before and after in creating a really beautiful piece that for our home.  It creates a focal point in our open concept living area into our pantry.  May our home welcome you (our guest) to come in and join us, and may you feel loved and happiness as you sit with us at the dinner table or kitchen island as we chat, sip our beverage of choice and eat yummy food!

Have a fantastic day and weekend!!


  1. Oh wow! I thought the door was pretty awesome to begin with when I first starting reading your post. But, how sweet does it look when you're done!! I'm stopping over from the Blogovin' Blog Hop and will be your newest follower. :)

    1. Thank you Denise. I did love the door at first sight too :)

  2. I have a HUGE crush on that door Lynn.
    have a wonderful weekend.
    Hugs, Gee

  3. Wow Lynn - It looks amazing!!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

  4. Wow! What a change! I love it! Lynn I found your link at the Bloglovin' Blog Hop. I'm a new follower via Bloglovin'. Please follow me back. :D

  5. LOVE that!! What a perfect look!

  6. What a lovely, lovely idea!!!!! I love the color! Awesome job!


  7. That door is absolutely amazing ! Love it !

  8. oh my goodness, that is sooo cool!!!! what a great idea!!!! pinning now.
    Thanks for much for linking up to support Habitat! Good luck and hope to see you back next Thursday night. :)

  9. Red may be a bold statement but I'm glad you took the risk. I think it's a nice and interesting touch to the room. From the restoration work to the final reveal, all the hard work definitely paid off. Awesome job, Lynn! -Rolf Matchen @NVRoofs

    1. Thank you Rolf. We really love it and am happy I took the leap and went for it. Thanks for stopping by. Lynn

  10. Wonderful job, and the red is a perfect accent to your home. Wow again!

  11. Beautiful, beautiful job. I'd like to try this, but I will be afraid of all of the hanging of the hardware. Anyway, it looks great.

  12. Absolutely beautiful.... I see so many sliding doors these days and love them.... So wonderful to see an old door with so much charm re-used and especially an arched door.... Great job!!!

  13. Absolutely love the door. We are going to re-do our front doors like this, but what paint finish did you use? Semi-gloss? Thanks!!

    1. Hi, thank you. I used Eggshell. The shine comes from the antiquing I did using stain.

  14. Love that rich glowing red! The two holes in the door from where the locks were could be filled in with smallish cookie cutters, like hearts, stars, etc., without losing the usefulness of the hole to slide the door. The empty holes look a little sad to me.. Good commitment to the project -great results!

  15. This is gorgeous, Lynn. Wow, that door is gorgeous shape but the color is amazing. I love red in kitchen. I have red in my kitchen and I love it. Please do share this stunning door tomorrow at the link party at 4pm eastern time.

  16. Fern, this is so lovely I could just cry. Partly because it's such a lovely finished product and partly out of jealousy. haha! I want that door and I want to live within driving distance of PA. :) I, too, love an arched door. Reminds me of another time. Hugs and pinning!

  17. Loving your Barn door! It's spectacular and the color just pops. You guys did a great job!

  18. I love the transformation! So pretty!
    Pinned & Tweeted!
    Thanks for sharing at the Merry Monday link party!
    We hope you can join us next week!
    Kate |

  19. Love the red. It turned out beautifully! Good job. Visiting from #welcomehomewednesdays

  20. I love the door! And you picked the perfect color! Great job!

  21. Beautiful! I love this door it looks gorgeous in your home. Thank you for linking to Talk of the Town, your door will be featured in next weeks party!
    Julie @ Love My Simple Home

  22. Wowzer...what a fantastic idea! The barn style doors are so popular now. I wish there was a spot in my house where we could do something like this. It's absolutely gorge! The red really pops! Your kitchen is just beautious...gr8 job!


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