We’ve had lots of fun sharing and building our tiny barn doors over the last few months, but have really wanted to try our hand at building and installing a full-size door.
I’ve (Vicki) been wanting to replace the door to my laundry room because it opens into the room making the space feel and function smaller than it really is. I thought a sliding door would free up the space. Thanks to CrownBolt, who sells products exclusively in Home Depot under the Everbilt label, we were able to finally get this project underway.
Because we did not want to remove all the existing door frame molding we had to have a door wider and taller than any available locally so we had to create one from scratch. Also, the sliding door hangers are designed to fit either a 1 3/8” or 1 3/4” thick door so it would have to be designed with those thickness in mind.
Next the instructions show that the door needs to have a groove at the bottom for the floor guide to pass through . We decided we could easily do this with a table saw. We did a couple practice tries as this was our very first time using a table saw, but it worked out great. We made one small cut then we moved the table saw guide slightly and did another pass to create the width we needed.
Now we head to the bottom of the door to install the door guide. Mom did not want to drill into her tile floor so we decided to use J-B Weld which is a quick setting epoxy that works on tile. We opened the J-B Weld, squeezed some into a container and mixed the epoxy together, we spread it on the floor guide and put it into place.
The door has been in use for a few days now. The removal of the inward swinging door has made such a difference in the functionality of the space! There is space to move around with the bonus of letting more light into the dark hallway when the door is in the open position. It was well worth the effort and set backs to build and install this door!
Please note: We are not sponsored by any of the companies/products that we used. We were given the sliding door hardware to try out from CrownBolt. All thoughts and options are our own and based on our experience with the product.
FYI: We are not professionals, and we don’t claim to be. This is what we found worked for our project. Yours may need a little different approach. Safety first!
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