It's been a few months since we hung our sliding bathroom door (also known as a barn door, because it's on a sliding track), but Rob added the finishing touches yesterday.
The barn door has holes where the doorknob used to be. We've kind of been using the holes to slide the barn door from the outside, but we knew that wasn't a viable solution.
We'd been keeping our eyes open for the perfect outside handle for the door and hadn't found anything until a few weeks ago. I decided I wanted to try an industrial-looking garage door handle we found at the hardware store. The problem, though, was that it didn't come with any sort of metal plate to cover the holes.
We tried finding a plate at PACA last weekend, but instead bought a large handle and plate that were connected. I'd seen this handle previously, but never wanted it because of its chipped chrome finish.
That's where the glossy black spray paint comes in - why hadn't I thought of painting it earlier? We bought it for $10 and I gave it a quick sanding and a couple of coats of paint.
Rob installed it yesterday when I at work, and I was thrilled to come home to a finished door. The black glossy finish looks great with the rest of the hardware, because it's also black. I was also worried that it would be too big, but it looks right at home on the heavy door.
Rob used black flat tapping screws he said he found in the basement. We must have bought them for some other project, but they worked perfectly on the handle. I tried sliding it this morning and found the handle much easier to use than trying to stick my fingers in a doorknob hole. It's nice that the holes are no longer visible, as well.