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DIY Door Track Hardware. It’s D’bomb Dot Com.

Posted on the 19 October 2012 by Lynne @lynneknowlton

Do you love old doors on track hardware? Could you full frontal smooch them?!!

Is it that kind of love?

Wooohoooo!!  Welcome to my world.

Do you want to know how to create your own funky door track hardware!?


Why put doors on tracks?

Because a door on track hardware is as sexy as it gets.

 ALMOST as sexy as chocolate.  Almost.

 Don’t worry.  I haven’t lost my mind.

I still know that chocolate is clearly a bigger priority than a door.

Helloooooo …

Chocolate sexiness in Paris France

Want to create your own DIY DOOR TRACK HARDWARE?!

 I can show you how.

~ Cheap cheap cheap ~


Ok, value priced.  An inexpensive alternative.  A smart idea.  Call it what you want.  It is less moola than buying it.  Period.

 That officially makes us SMART.  Smarty pants.  SMART.

D’bomb dot com SMART.

  We can be smarties together.

Do it yourself door track hardware on old doors

Did you know that Doors on track hardware = DOOR PORN ?!

That’s right.


door porn = happiness

You know the kind of happy that happens when you find a stash of cash in your coat pocket ? Happier than that. You know the kind of happy that happens when you find something on sale that you were actually going to buy anyway?! 


Doors on tracks make me feel so freaking happy that I want to drop kick all my other ugly doors right off their hinges with my happy dance


idiotic seizure-like-dance-which-embarrasses-anyone-standing-within-a-mile-of-me

I could even happy dance/attempt a masterful karate kick at my ugly doors.  A Bruce Lee move of madness.  Bam.  Followed by a high five and fist pump in the air…. all at once.  At myself.  Clearly I need to get out more often.

 Clearly, I have a lot of ugly doors.

Well…with the exception of two doors.

I have two damn sexy doors on tracks that could quite possibly knock your socks off with sexiness.

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ORIGINAL doors on tracks are where it’s at !!

Want to join me in my grand scheme of original door funkiness ?!

Let’s call it :


Let’s make it our goal to make all ugly doors disappear.  Gone. Go away.  Rid the ugly.  Skit~skat~skidaddle. Get outta our life UGLY doors.  Take a flying leap….right off your ugly door hinges.


 Sneak in new{old} doors into your home.

One by one.

The grand scheme :

Change every door in the house when your husband isn’t looking.

Ohh, hells ya.


Mission accomplished #1

DIY door track hardware. It’s d’bomb dot com.

P.S. I snuck in a second one too. Shhhhhhh. Deviant behavior should totally be not be celebrated.

Who would be so bold ?

*whisper* : us :)

I am TWO DOORS ahead of you, so hurry up.  You have some catching up to do.  I’ll wait for you.  I made all the mistakes already.  I ironed out the kinks for your door bliss.

I know. You owe me one.

Need some inspiration??!!

Have you checked out doors on track hardware on Pinterest ?

Uhhhm. Orgasmic.

You only need about a week moment on pinterest to truly see the magnificence of barn doors on track hardware. Any door on any track hardware ACTUALLY.  It is enough to make a grown ass adult lose their mind.  

* Door porn Envy* 

DIY door track hardware. It’s d’bomb dot com.

Here are a few pix of doors on track hardware in pinterest.  Your welcome.  I’ve saved you some time.  I hope you have a few extra minutes to brush your hair today.  My hair looks like a birds nest, but hey… my pinterest door track board is smokin’ hawt.  That’s right.  I have my imaginary world priorities in order.

 The doors are d’bomb dot com on pinterest.

 So gorgeous.

Dare you to go peak and have a look.  Double dare you -> pinterest inspiration


Get a life alert.

Or at least get a hair brush ready.  You will have time to brush your hair in three days.   You’ll be fine.

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Simply delicious !

When I step into the pinterest world every now and again ~ I barely escape ~  days later. No food in the fridge. My hair is dishevelled. My house is a complete disaster.

A total catastrophe.

But I have pinned magnificence in my imaginary world of what I want when I grow up.

So there.

Go follow me on pinterest so I don’t feel like a loser.

You can sympathize with me follow me here : Lynne Knowlton on Pinterest

We can live dangerously on the edge of our imaginary world of perfectness, together. 

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French doors. RED. I want to be in that room. NOW.

Note to self :

avoid all recipes on pinterest.

 You will suddenly be starving, craving every dessert imaginable and wondering how you are going to survive on the stale crackers in your cupboard.  Not that I have ever done that.  I do that every day.

DIY door track hardware. It’s d’bomb dot com.

Fancy life. My life as a blogger.

This is why I am a decorator and not a chef. At least when I paint a room, I can see the fruits of my labor.  I could never be a chef.  If I made a magnificent meal, it would only be seen for about 10 minutes before someone would scarf down my magnificence.  That is torture.  No evidence left of my hard work ??!! What the what what ??! Where’d my hard work go??!!

 I’m having a panic attack, just THINKING about it.

P.S. This is what happens when I read recipes in Pinterest :

DIY door track hardware. It’s d’bomb dot com.

I have a problem.  A big one.  Pinterest pix of barn doors make me want to go and steal barn doors…. for miles on end.

You know you live in the country when :

FARMER : Where’d my barn door go?! As he does the FastNeckSideToSideTurn

ME : Doors ? What doors ? Whaaaat-up-with-that ??! You are confused, dude.


Last year, when we were building our treehouse, I started to collect old doors :

Vintage old doors in the treehouse tree fort

At the time, my intention was to find some reclaimed doors for the treehouse.

Well. Well. Well.

Nuff said.

Have you seen how many stunning doors are out there are in salvage yards, garage sales, repurpose shops, AND your neighbours garage ?!

They aren’t just on barns, people.  They are everywhere !!

*I’m freaking out with excitement, just writing those words.*

Did you know that some crazy folks people just shove them aside and ignore them??!!

Uhhhmmmm. Duh.  They are stupid.  Just sayin’.

*hot tip* : check your neighbours garage

Go steal one from neighbours garage when they aren’t looking.  The dust on it will be free/no charge.

Note:  A squirrel distraction may help.  Your neighbor will be so busy chasing the bastards squirrels , they won’t even notice that you now have their door under your arm.

Not that I would ever do that.

 I would totally do that.

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I wish this was my neighbours house. Just sayin’.

 Creating a DIY DOOR TRACK ….

has one rule.


Keep It Simple, Stupid.

DIY door track hardware. It’s d’bomb dot com.

Why did I decide to create a simple door track ? Made of simple, rustic materials? Quite simply….

The price of buying door track hardware is about a million-trillion-gazillion-bizmillion dollars.  Or something like that.  It is freakin’ expensive.  I double dare you to google it.


Unless you are married to King Midas.  Then you won’t care that you will lose your shirt trying to buy door track hardware.  GOOD LUCK WITH THAT ONE.  And hello….if you are married to King Midas, you should be buying more essential things.  Like sexy shoes.  And chocolate.  Get your priorities straight, for crying out loud.

Do it yourself door track hardware tutorial

Do you want to know how to make the door tracks?

I can SORT OF tell you.


This is how the story goes.

I like doors to tell a story.

Like…. if the walls could talk…..but they are doors.

P.S. If my walls could talk, I would be in big shit.

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DOORS ARE LIKE ART. Wall art. Wall Jewellery.

When I set about with the ‘plan of door attack’, I started to price door tracks.  Hellloooo. Even IF I was stinking rich, I wouldn’t spend that kind of moola on a door track. Sinking $400-$600 on a door track is like digging a hole in your yard and burying money in it.

Oh wait.  I did that this summer : It is called a SEPTIC system.  

A septic should be named STUPID.  I don’t even like the word SEPTIC.  As a matter of fact, that is the last time I am going to say that potty mouth, turd faced S$%@ic word.

Definition of STUPID :

* Dig a hole

* Throw ten thousand dollars in it

*  Call it a S$%^ic system.

*  Stupid

I have nothing to show for my money. That is STUPID.

I lie.  I have a pile of dirt in my FRONT lawn.

This gives a whole new meaning to “Someone is in deep shit”.  Whoever left the pile of dirt in my yard.  That’s who is in deep shit.  Grrrh.

Septic system, cooking dinner, grand schemes ….got it all out. Back to the doors. :)

But a door. Oh yes.  A door.  It has a 100 years of character in it.  GORGEOUSNESS.  It can be seen every single day.  No one can eat it.  No one can take it away.  It is too damn heavy.  Money well spent.

Sliding doors are great on a pantry to hide all your crap food.  The food that I am having a panic attack about.  Right now.  I wish I had this pantry :

DIY door track hardware. It’s d’bomb dot com.

This pantry has a wine cooler in it. OMG. Bliss.


Originally, I drew my track door plans on a paper dinner napkin and handed it to my contractor.  He created magnificence. Uhm.  Embarrassingly… A true story.

Special delivery DIY just for you.  Minus the paper dinner napkin.  You’re welcome.

NOTE : Do not tell your neighbor about this DIY.  Hello.  Stupid is as stupid does.


1.  Two 3 inch wooden wheels.

DIY door track dimensions and tutorial

2.  Flat bar :

Width  = 1/8 inch thick x 1 3/4 inches wide.

Length = Double the width of your door and add a few inches for safe measure.  You don’t want to cut it so short that your door will fall off the track.  That would just be embarrassing.  I totally did that.  We are not going to talk about it.

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3.  Nuts/bolts to attach flat bar to the wall.  I put in a ton of photos for you to stare at so you know exactly what they look like.  If you want EXACT numbers, you better come over to my house.  Be forewarned : You can expect popcorn for dinner.

The flat bar is one inch out from the wall :

tutorial with dimensions for do it yourself door tracks

4.  Two flat bar hanger brackets to hold the door on the wheel/track.  Each bracket is 12 inches long and has an offset bend at the wheel.  Just look at the photos.  This tutorial is  like an Ikea instruction manual.  Have you noticed that Ikea gives assembly directions with pictures only?!! I LOVE THAT.

Note :

Ikea = Swedish for divorce.

My tutorial = Door porn.  Much more fun.

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5.  Extra flat rod to create a door stop.  This prevents your door from flying off your track. Been there.  Done that.  Got the poster.  It was an ugly poster.

DIY door track hardware. It’s d’bomb dot com.

6.  An old door.  Preferably a sexy one.  Think door porn.  You will be fine.

DIY door track hardware. It’s d’bomb dot com.

7.  Lightly sand the door in places to clean it up a bit.  Varathane it for extra sexiness.  The varathane draws out the colours and puts a nice clean finish on the door.  I used a matte finish varathane.  { The choices are endless though }  Be careful to ask and make sure that the varathane is not going to yellow. It can happen and when it does….Grrrh….

 *temper tantrum ensues*

8.  If you are not good with power tools…you will need a handy Andy/ hubby or a contractor.  I prefer contractors that clean up after themselves.  I also prefer a husband that cleans up after himself.  I’m a dreamer.  P.s. If you have a clean and tidy husband, send him over.  I want one of those.  I will trade you for some nice doors.

DIY door track hardware. It’s d’bomb dot com.

It’s all in the DETAILS

Just in case my paper napkin details don’t cut it:

Here are some measurements from Barn Door Hardware to help you out.  The Barn Door Hardware website is full of all kinds of great door hardware too.  It is a perfect website, if you are KING MIDAS <– ohhhh rich one.

DIY door track hardware. It’s d’bomb dot com.

Fussy. Fussy. Ok. Deets are Done.

If you can’t wield a power tool and there is no Handy Andy … I have one friend.  That’s right. ONE. Shut up.  Dan Duquette at Duke Iron is a welder and a magician with a torch.  He has this flat bar stuff hanging around like I have popcorn hanging around.  GUARANTEED.   He also works with local Amish to create the wooden wheels.  How freaking cool is that?!!  Horse and buggy and all.  Truth.  I only lie sometimes, and this isn’t it.  Truth all the way today.   Enjoy the truth while it lasts for two seconds.

Dan Duquette knows his stuff.  I actually had a welding lesson with him, years ago.  Why? Because the actress from flash dance made welding look so damn sexy. Liar.  I almost lit my hair on fire.  And sparks in your boots are no way to make a girl dance.

Now I rely on Dan the Duke Duquette.  He can build this for you and you can just order it from him.  Your very own Handy Andy!!   You can find him here : DUKE IRON.  The Duke is also a cool dude because he just shaved his head with Michael.  You can read more about that here : Dear Cancer, I HATE you and I THANK you.

There. My work is done.  I’m off to steal find another door.  If only I can find them with less dust on them.

May the force be with you.


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By Philippa Davies
posted on 20 August at 11:04

You sound totally insane, but I too have a barn door fetish, thanks v much for the tutorial, one day I too will have my own.