I was searching the Internet to show my sister photos of interior barn doors because I think they're a cool design element. (I'd mentioned them in passing and she had no idea what I was talking about.)
While I was searching, I realized that this might be the solution to our bathroom door problem.
Yesterday, I was a little hopeful that my dad might have somehow salvaged the hardware from his family's barn that blew down, but he didn't. Plus, as he pointed out, anything from an actual barn would probably be too big for my house. A quick check with PACA didn't turn up any barn door hardware, either. Director Karen Kummer suggested another local source, though, which I'll look into.
Of course, there are plenty of places to find new barn door hardware online. I do have some concerns, though.
I haven't really found any hard-and-fast tutorial of what exactly to buy and how to install it. And The Pioneer Woman warned her readers that the hardware isn't cheap. A comment on Apartment Therapy suggests one website sells it for a few thousand bucks, which would be far out of our budget. I'm also a little concerned about making sure the bathroom door is soundproof and safe, and whether we'll have to alter the molding around it. I would really like to use the existing door, too, as it matches the rest of the house. I have no idea if it's possible.
So, of course, it will require a lot more investigation. And we'll still need to check out our other options, including cutting a door in half and installing French door hardware or even looking into whether we can find some sturdy bi-fold doors you might usually see on a closet.
I do love the idea of a barn door, though. It's a little bit crazy and quirky. Kind of like getting a fridge painted red.
Photo is from Apartment Therapy.