Adding Pulls to the Barn Doors

A big thanks to National Hardware for supplying hardware for this project. As always, opinions are 100% honest and my own.

Maybe this isn’t the most dramatic before and after room reveal post ever. Okay, really it’s not even a semi-crafty mason jar project.

But this one has epic proportions because it’s the final finishing touch of our master bedroom makeover that’s taken us exactly 10 months and 13 days to complete.

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Robert and I are normally a get-things-done-ASAP couple when it comes to the room makeovers. We hate dragging them out. But this one was worth the wait.

Since I shared our last big project in here installing our sliding barn doors, some of y’all asked how we would open and close them without having any pulls. It was part of the plan but it was one of those details that I couldn’t make up my mind about.

But I finally got around to picking out the stainless steel pulls and attaching them to our hollow core doors.

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I used these stainless steel round pulls and just followed the instructions on the back of the package to install them. Except, since our doors aren’t solid wood, I had to use anchors too.

Because it would completely be my luck that I’d pull the handle on one of our new doors and rip the thing completely out. I’m graceful like that.

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I managed to do this last step while Robert was at work. Easy peasy stuff.

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And ta da! I don’t have to worry about us rubbing the crackly chippy finish off of our doors now since we have the handles.

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One of the doors is to our master bathroom, so I used this hook lock too. Since ya know… 3 year-olds will just throw any door wide open no matter what business you’re doing.

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(Do toddlers have a radar to tell them when you’re hiding from them in the bathroom? Those little fingers under the door always find me.)

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Mission: Sliding Barn Door is officially complete!

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Since we’ve been test driving these doors for a couple of weeks now, I can say I don’t miss the old swinging doors one little bit. Not having anymore collisions with our shower door is pretty nice.

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If you missed anything in this bedroom’s makeover, you can see all of the progress from the very beginning here:

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8 Comments

  1. Might be a silly question , but what do you do on the other side of the door for a handle? How do you open and close it from the bathroom side? Won’t that handle get in the way of opening the door completely on the bathroom side? Can you take a picture of that side?

    1. Not silly at all! 🙂 The other side of the door has pocket handles. We have moved in to a new home so I am not able to share pictures.

  2. Looks great! Love the handles you chose and the character your brought to your master bedroom. This was also a good reminder for me that I need to add a hook lock to our barn door, which is also to the master bath. No toddlers (yet), but one of our dogs has figured out he can use his head to shove the door open, which has led to a few surprised moments!

  3. I do love these doors and we’re anxious to install them ourselves soon. But, I asked on your last post, and am still wondering about the old hinges. This photo shows me that you left your frame, but I haven’t seen a photo from the hinged side. Did you leave the metal hinges on the frame? My concern before we start this project, is if we’ll have to patch those frame hinges or how ugly will those metal plates look if left on???

  4. Nice handles for the finishing touch! Another great job! I hear you about toddlers and moms in bathrooms! When my two were little, I always found, too, that any time I was talking on the phone, it acted like a magnet that drew them right to me!

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