Buying barn door hardware and painting the hallway white
I showed him online tutorials of people who've done it and we've meandered the home-improvement store looking for the parts to make it happen. But he didn't seem enthusiastic about it, so I dropped it and focused the paint instead. Rob is the brains behind most of our home-improvement projects, so I know better than to push him in to a project he has no interest in. Just doesn't work.
We went to PACA's architectural warehouse Saturday morning, looking for a piece of trim. We found it, and then wandered the store, daydreaming about all the potential projects. Rob stopped suddenly as we walked and started digging through a milk crate full of rusty parts and pulleys.
At first, I thought he was looking for a pulley for making a light fixture when he pulled out two matching rollers with hangers for a door. He then found a piece of track nearby, about 6 feet (he measured it by standing it up next to him) and the pulleys fit inside perfectly. He said he thought we should go for the barn door plan.
(Side note: we brought it to the counter to pay and the volunteers running the store asked if we were putting in a pocket door. I guess that means we bought pocket door hardware.)
We paid about $10 for it (we bought a couple other things and paid a little more than that for all of it) and I'll admit that I squealed all the way to the car. The rollers were rusty, so we bought Rustolem Rust Reformer at the home improvement store for about $7.
That stuff is seriously cool. You sand the biggest chunks of rust off, then paint rusty areas with this solution. It turns the rust into a matte black paintable surface, and was surprisingly free of any noxious odors. After it dried, I used glossy black paint on the areas that might be visible and on the track itself. (Photo is of the rollers, pre-rust treatment.)
Rob and I will continue to figure out how to make the barn door work. He's pondering whether to mount a 2-by-4 onto the studs in the hallway and then attach the track to it. He's also considering using metal stock (this looked like strips of metal to me) to hang it. See? Projects like this don't work without him. I'm just going to sit back and let him figure out the solution.
His resolve to figure out the barn door meant an easy decision about what color to paint the hallway. We want the walls and sliding door to be the same color, in order to keep the hallway to keep from seeming even smaller. We decided to go with white-on-white.
Our goal is to find a door with glass in it, either frosted or that we'll frost ourselves. Even better if it's already painted, so I don't have to feel guilty about painting over a beautiful wood grain. I see another trip to PACA in our future.
In the meantime, Rob took down the shelves on the wall where the door will go and I painted the hallway white. I love how it seems bigger and brighter already. I'm hoping to have more updates on the barn door progress soon.