Happy New Year everyone. Wow is it just me or did 2016 fly past really quickly? It’s like BAM, door number 2016 just slammed closed and I wasn’t even ready for it. Talking about doors. Can you guess what these super cute barn doors are covering? Wait for it…………………………………………………………………………………..
It’s a wall plug or socket.
Yup, and they were so easy to make too. For a double plug all we used a whole bunch of ice cream sticks, a looooooooong skewer, 6 screw eye hooks, paint, scissors and wood glue.
Measure the height of the wall plug, add 2 cm (7/8″) and cut the ice cream sticks using scissors. In South Africa our wall plugs are 13 cm high so we cut the ice cream sticks to be 15 cm long. Place the cut ice cream sticks next to each other until you have enough to cover the width of the wall plug. We used 22 in total, 11 for each door. Once you know how wide the doors are going to be, cut 5 ice cream sticks to fit across the width. Use the left over bits to cut 4 hinges and you should end up with something like this.
As an optional extra you can use a wire brush to distress the sticks 😉
Paint the sticks and hinges to suit your decor. I prefer painting the sticks one at a time, just coz I’m a little bit weird and I think it adds some character 😉 If you’re not keen on painting each stick individually you can glue the door together and paint it later.
To glue the barn doors, place the long sticks together and glue a short stick on the top, middle and bottom of the each door. This will be the front side. When the glue is dry, flip the barn doors over and stick another short stick at the bottom of the door. Now for the only tricky part, positioning the screw in eye hooks at the top of the door. It’s easier if you slide the eye hooks on the skewer before gluing them
into onto the doors. It helps to keep the eye hooks stable and they don’t wobble around so much. Use another short stick and glue it down to hold the eye hooks in place. Find something heavy and carefully place it onto the barn doors so that the hooks are lined up nicely.
To hang the barn doors we took 2 blocks of wood and screwed an eye hook into each one. The blocks of wood are about 1.5 cm thick or 1/2″ so when the doors slide they don’t get stuck on the switches. It also makes it easier to add socket safety covers if you have those old wall sockets that don’t have a safety “shutters” inside. Just insert the skewer through all the eye hooks and the doors are almost ready to be hung.
All that’s left to do is glue on the hinges and some door handles. The handles aren’t really necessary but it does add to the look. P.S. We used two tear drop beads to make the handles.
The barn doors can be stuck onto the wall using double sided tape. You could probably also screw the blocks of wood into the wall if you know where the wiring goes.
Those little people under the barn doors were a present from my kids. Don’t you just love the expressions on their faces? It seems like they’re as dumb founded as what I was when 2016 was over.
Any hows, here’s wishing you a beautiful 2017 full of crafty moments and many, many beautiful new memories. Sending love and blessings as always.