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Morning Glory Barn Doors - Tutorial

October 10, 2017

Not a day goes by we don't get asked about our office doors here in the showroom. 


Aren't they gorgeous? And fun? and whimsical? And actually really inexpensive and a great alternative to the classic barn door. 


What I used:

-Two 24x80 10 lite, unfinished pine slab doors from Home Depot, $136 each
-SmartStandard 8' Sliding barn door hardware in Black --Amazon.com $60
-& the additional hardware hangers, necessary for two doors $30


-I used the Minwax stain in Jacobean to achieve this dark look. I originally bought this for the Farmhouse table we built. They are both stained with the Jacobean @Home Depot

- To stain the Morning Glories I used Unicorn Spit (as seen below) @ Ace Hardware --It isn't the cheapest stain. But definitely provides the brightest and most vibrant results! 


This was the first time I had ever used Unicorn Spit stain so was a little unsure how it would turn out. The pink rose on the bottom was actually done with by diluting craft paint with water and highlighting with non-diluted white paint, to see if there was a big difference in application. 




 These colors are INTENSE!! Also, make sure to dilute them with water and have a test board ready so you can get the desired heaviness. I wanted it pretty thin, so I used 3 parts water, 1 part Unicorn Spit. A little goes a long way!! I missed it in a Styrofoam cup and used only a tiny bit of stain. I still have nearly a full bottle left of each color. 



I unwrapped the door and laid it on my brand new freshly built 10' farmhouse table with a tiny bit of plastic underneath because I am a crazy person. Maybe throw a drop cloth down first. I live dangerously. I then sketched out the design I wanted using pencil on the face of the door. You can do any design you'd like! I went with Morning Glories--the name of the store, and just freehanded them around where I thought they might look nice. 
***Leave the plastic covering the glass. You have to use a razor knife to get it out, I did this after mine were dried and hung up


The first door I did the small morning glories and wasn't very happy with the results. 

 This where I learned that I should have diluted it with water because it looked like paint more than stain. I used a small artists brush to stain the flowers on this door, deciding la