Here is what I’ve learned about antique doors:
- They are absolutely beautiful and I love them and they make my heart feel all fluttery.
- I can’t afford them.
So much sad face.
In Part 1 of my interior door search, I mentioned that the craft room and master bathroom offer opportunities to do something more creative and fun than just a standard door. There’s enough room in both locations to do a pocket door or a barn door, so I’ve been looking at both options. I’ve also been looking at antique doors that could be mounted using barn door hardware, and I’ve found some beauties.
The problem, though, is that doors in good condition are uber expensive. And doors that are more affordable (though still actually quite pricey – like $700ish) are not in great shape. I have zero ability to do any repairs that may be needed. My DIY skills start and end with painting. My builder could probably fix up the doors if needed, but I have no idea what the cost would be and he probably wouldn’t either until he had a chance to assess their condition. So making a purchase of antique doors in poor condition would be pretty risky.
This harsh reality has helped shift my focus to barn doors. There’s certainly no rush to make any final decisions at this stage, so I’ll continue to keep an eye out for lovely antique doors that are in good shape and affordable. I may have better luck finding a unicorn though. So before we move on to looking at barn door options, let’s just take a moment to look at some gorgeous antique door eye candy:
Here’s a fun alternative… Antique garden gates. This would be a cool option for a space where privacy / screening isn’t important.
And while we’re on the subject of antique doors, here is perhaps the most drool-worthy bit of inspiration I’ve ever seen. This renovation project featured on Traditional Home used an antique door frame to create this show-stopping passageway:
I can’t even. I need a moment to fan myself.
Okay, now that that’s done, let’s move on to doors I can actually afford. This will take us in a completely different direction to… barn doors!
Barn doors can easily be as expensive or more expensive than antique doors. There are some great websites that will build custom barn doors that reach into the $1,500 range – and that’s before hardware. Fortunately, there are some nice options from Home Depot that are much more affordable.
This door would work very well for the master bathroom:
Considering the fact that this is sold as a set that includes the hardware, the price of $499 for this door is great. It can be purchased unfinished, which provides a lot of flexibility. I could easily achieve an antique look with some paint and elbow grease. Also, this door is 42″ wide, which is perfect for a 36″ wide opening. I don’t think I mentioned this in Part 1, but the doors in the new house will be 36″ wide to be wheelchair accessible. It’s kinda weird at age 36 to think about things like aging in place. But if this really does end up being my forever house, it’s good to know I can be a little old lady popping wheelies in my wheelchair as I tear through the house.
For the craft room, I really like this barn door:
This door is only 24″ wide, so I would be using two panels side-by-side for the craft room, which would look something like this:
I really like this look!
These doors are also sold in unfinished knotty alder, so I’d have the same flexibility to create a cool finish. Although I have to say, in this particular configuration with the two panels together, I’m really digging the natural wood look.
As for hardware, Home Depot and Lowe’s both offer some nice, affordable options:
Having gone through the process of writing this whole post, I’m feeling better about the fact that I’m unlikely to find antique doors I can afford. The barn doors look pretty fantastic too, and they’ll work out great. But… If anyone happens to stumble across amazing antique doors in the next few months, please let me know! And if you buy them for yourself, tag me on Instagram so I can congratulate you as I turn green with envy!