One Room Challenge Fall 2018 | Week 4: Painted Countertops & Barn Door How To

Here we are at Week 4 of One Room Challenge, or ORC – we are beyond the halfway point!

(Quick review – if you have never heard of the ORC before, it is a 6 week challenge hosted by One Room Challenge and Better Homes & Gardens. The challenge encourages all participants, both Featured (there are 20 featured designers) and Guest (anyone with a blog or IG can participate!) to rally behind one another to tackle a one room makeover in just 6 weeks! This is our second time participating in the challenge, and we are tackling our master bath (We remodeled our kitchen in the Spring).  You can also check out all the other participants by visiting the main ORC page HERE!

If you are just stopping by for the first time, you can check out the previous weeks posts here:

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3

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Week 4 is classicly the “oh, sh!t” week, excuse my French 😛  And while things are generally running fairly smoothly here, we are a wee bit behind (at least on my imaginary timeline).  I had hoped to get the cabinets painted this weekend, but that didn’t happen.  Hopefully I can get those done by this coming Saturday at the latest, because I need to get started on the floors ASAP (I painted our powder room floors earlier this year, and they take quite awhile)!  But nevertheless, we did get quite a bit done this week!

Here is the updated list of completed tasks; I bolded the items that were completed this week:

  • Tile shower and mirror wall
  • Grout tile and seal/caulk
  • Install new floor tiles
  • Install barn door
  • Install wallpaper in water closet
  • Spray paint sink fixtures  
  • Reinstall sink fixtures
  • Have contractor return to install shower fixtures
  • Paint cabinets (we’ll be using Giani, Inc. cabinet paint)
  • Paint countertops (also with a kit from Giani, Inc.)
  • Paint floors (I’ll be using a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils)
  • Install new cabinet hardware
  • Install new shower rod and towel hooks
  • Install new doorknobs
  • Install trim on water closet door and paint
  • Fix baseboards (some were ruined during the tub demo and install)
  • Remove closet door and install curtain
  • Install new light fixture
  • Style and photograph!
  • Restore sinks to original condition
  • Clean & Hang mirrors
  • ADDED THIS WEEK: Clean floors and sinks to free from Epoxy drips (#facepalm)

Lots more to do but we have definitely made progress!

Here is where we stand now:

DIY farmhouse bathroom
Shower trim is in and counters are painted (keep scrolling to see more of those)!

And here is another reminder of the before:

ICK!

So as you can see, the shower trim is in and we now have a functioning shower! The toilet also went in this week as well, and it’s amazing how fancy a toilet seems when your current ones are all outdated and tiny!

hearth and hand wallpaper
And, since our contractors finally came back, the hole in the wall got patched and I was able to finish the wallpaper in this water closet!

One of the biggest things I tackled this week was our painted countertops! I used the White Diamond countertop paint kit from Giani Granite, and it turned out SO WELL! I am honestly thrilled!  I will get a full tutorial up for y’all soon, but right now I have the entire project saved, step by step, on my Story Highlights on Instagram – you can find it under the highlight called “Painted Counters.” Giani also has LOADS of tutorials on their website and YouTube and they are SUPER helpful!

For the top coat, I used an Epoxy called Glaze Coat – I LOVE Giani’s new Glitter Top Coat, but because I made my counters look like marble and not granite, I decided the glitter wouldn’t suit my project as well as a true clear top coat, hence the epoxy.

Giania white diamond countertop paint kit DIY
I’m honestly VERY surprised at how real it looks. When you get up close, sure you can tell its not an actual marble slab, but from a couple of feet away, it looks like the real thing!
DIY painted counters
I just love it!

We also got the barn door up!! WOO!  This was seriously such a dramatic addition to the space, and it now allows us to close off the bathroom from the bedroom, which will be nice for my husband and I during early mornings or late nights when we want to block light out of the bedroom while the other sleeps 🙂

It was also seriously SO EASY. I built the entire door myself (NO HELP thank you very much).

Want to know how I did it? (And how I spent less than half the cost of what you would buy a barn door for in Lowe’s or HD – plus it is specific to MY measurements, and I can’t even imagine how much a custom barn door would cost!).  Well, you’re in luck! Without further ado, here is my EASY DIY Barn Door Tutorial!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1x5x8′ common boards (we used pine from HD – easy and cheap – you may want to consider the width or your door before you choose a width of board though. Our door needed to be 36″ wide, so 8, 5″ boards (which aren’t really 5″) turned out to be 36.5″, which was perfect.  Your project might be better suited for a 6″ or 4″ wide board, just play around with the measurements)! You’ll also need several extra boards for the border and X design – I suggest at least 5-6 extra boards so you have some room for error. You can always return unused ones!
  • Nail gun
  • 1.25″ brad nails
  • Wood Glue
  • Miter Saw
  • Eye Protection
  • Triangle
  • Pencil
  • Sanding block
  • Small paint/stencil brush
  • Decorative hardware/door pull (OPTIONAL)
  • Stain of your choice – I used English Walnut from Minwax (or paint if you would like to paint your door instead)
  • 2 old cloths/t-shirts
  • Barn door hardware – we ordered ours from Amazon but it was a terrible experience with the company we ordered from, so I won’t recommend them to you.  That said, measure your space (we needed a 7 foot track, which is NOT standard), and then go from there.  There are several options on Amazon!
  • Drill (to hang the hardware – I won’t give you a tutorial on that, since the hardware will tell you exactly how to install it!

How To:

Step 1:

Measure how long and wide you need your door to be.  Use your miter saw to cut your 8′ boards to the length you need. Sand the ends if needed. (Wear eye protection when using your saw!)

Line up all your planks to make sure you use the straightest ones for the main part of the door – some tend to be a bit warped/curved – you can use those for the shorter border and X pieces! If you can at the store, try to get the straightest pieces you can find.

PRO TIP: I used an extra 8″ board to line up my 8 5″ planks to make measuring super easy.  Our door needed to be 88″ long, so I measured one board and then used a triangle to measure straight across.  Then I used the miter saw to cut!

Step 2:

Now cut and measure your border pieces.  The top and bottom pieces should run the entire width of your door.  The long pieces should then fit in between.  No complex measuring here – I literally laid the pieces on top of my 8 5″ boards and used a pencil and straight edge to mark where they needed to be cut.  No actual measuring whatsoever.

DIY barn door
Here is the door with the border laid out on top – this edging will help keep everything in place once you nail it together.

Step 3:

Here is where you can get creative! I made an X design that covers the bottom 2/3s of the door.  Again, no complex measurements, I just laid everything out and used a triangle tool to draw where I needed to cut the plank! You could do 2 X’s or anything else your heart desires!

Seriously super easy!

Step 4:

Attach your border/design pieces to the base using a little wood glue (this is really option – I didn’t but wish I had, just to add that extra bit of stability.  That said, if you do this, allow the glue to dry for a bit before nailing or you’ll find your boards slipping all over the place as you try to nail!)

Now use your nail gun to nail everything together.  The more nails the better! (Seriously) Your door is going to be HEAVY, so you’ll need LOTS of nails to keep everything secure.  Don’t worry, once you stain the door the nail holes wont be as visible, and if you decide to paint instead of stain, you can fill the nail holes with paintable caulk if you wish!

DIY barn door
Voila!

Step 5:

Once your door is done, stand it up (remember, it will be heavy) and stain with your color of choice! I used an old clean t-shirt to wipe the stain on, and another one to wipe it all down again afterwards to remove any excess (just follow the directions on your particular stain). You shouldn’t need to worry too much about the top and bottom of the door – you likely won’t see them!

DIY barn door
Once stained, it will look like this! SO GOOD!

PRO TIP: Use your stencil/paint brush and run the stain along the cracks and crevices of the planks – this will help stain those pesky edges you can see but can’t quite get with your cloth!

Step 6:

OPTIONAL – Add decorative hardware/handle.  We added some hardware from hobby lobby to the back of the door with wood screws (be careful what length screws you use – you don’t want them going through the door) to add a decorative element but also more stability! We added a handle as well (also from Hobby Lobby).

The back of your door will just look like vertical planks all lined up, so the hardware adds a bit more interest.

PRO TIP: Use a small paintbrush and some black acrylic paint to paint your screw heads so they blend in with the hardware!

Step 7:

Hang according to your barn door hardware instructions!

DIY barn door
A new larger wreath will go here, I just put this one up to see how it would look!

And that’s it folks!  My husband helped with the hanging of the door on the wall, but I built the entire thing myself, and it was SO easy!  Of this entire ORC, this was probably one of the easiest projects I have done!  If you decide to tackle it, I would love to see – tag me on Instagram @fiddleleafinterors, and you can always follow along in real time during this ORC in my stories over on Instagram as well!

See ya next week, friends! I can’t believe we are heading into week 5! :O

XO,

Ana