New Project: Dining Room Sliding Doors

A common problem with one-hundred-year-plus-old homes is a small kitchen.

One of the first projects we did in our home was to knock out the wall between the butlers pantry and the kitchen to expand it but it’s still pretty small by most standards.

The only time I feel the small size is when we have family gatherings. And boy, do I ever feel it.

Try as I may, try as I might to get everyone to hang out in the dining room or our spacious living room, everyone flocks to the kitchen and it instantly becomes 20 degrees hotter in there. No bueno.

After thinking about it for some time, my solution was to expand the doorway to double its size. This meant I was going to lose a 30″ lower cabinet on that wall, a small bookcase and a 48″ upper cabinet.

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My kitchen, looking into the dining room.

 

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This is the dining room with the original swinging door to the kitchen.

I was also concerned about privacy. I was used to a door between the kitchen and the dining room and I wanted to be able to be in the kitchen with a door shut and not be visible from the front room or the dining room. I know that may seem strange to some but it was a non negotiable for me.

I finally came up with the idea to install to hanging/sliding doors in the dining room with privacy glass. Now I needed to find these doors.

Our 1908 Craftsman Bungalow has all the original architectural elements. Including the solid wood five-panel doors, eight inch baseboards and five inch door casings and crowns. I wanted to make sure we didn’t bring anything into the house that didn’t fit in.

My ever so resourceful husband found these barn doors on eBay from the late 1800’s.

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1800’s barn doors found on eBay.

What a guy!

But they needed a ton of work.

So much so that I started and stopped work on them several times over the course of two years. They needed to be reinforced and of course, patched, sanded and painted.

Enough is enough and I’m determined to have them done by Thanksgiving of THIS year! (2018)

Here’s an update video on how things are progressing since Monday morning:

 

 

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