Woodsmith Barn-Door Cabinet Plans


Sliding, “barn-door” style hardware is all the rage in interior design. Here, we shrink the concept for use in this rustic-looking cabinet.

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Take a walk down the hardware aisle at your local home improvement store and you’re likely to come across several barn-door style mounting systems in various shapes and sizes. Their popularity for mounting interior doors has surged in the last several years. We took that idea and ran with it when designing the cabinet shown here. Instead of using commercially available hardware that, let’s face it, isn’t exactly inexpensive, we came up with a shop-made version that’s easy to make using commonly available parts. The result is a charming addition to an already stunning cabinet. In order to match the rustic appeal of the hardware, the cabinet itself gets treated with a glazing and distressing process that gives it a well-worn look. Beyond the clever hardware and paint, the true beauty of this cabinet lies in its versatility. It would be equally at home in a family room serving as an entertainment center or in a large kitchen to provide extra storage space. Or it could serve as a dining room sideboard, as we show above. The eight spacious drawers and center shelves will hold all of your place settings and dishes.

  • 14 printable (digital) pages of step-by-step instructions
  • Over 90 full-color photos and illustrations and exploded views
  • Cutting diagram and materials list
  • Full step-by-step for creating the hardware and the distressed finish