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How-To: Building a Custom Barn Door

by Taunee English 02/13/2022

Barn doors aren’t just for actual barns. These doors have been a common choice among homeowners because of their rustic appearance. You can install barn doors in almost any part of your home to achieve this charming, down-to-earth look. However, buying one from a store could cost you quite a bit of money. Instead of making a big purchase, consider trying your hand at building your own barn door for interior design purposes. Use the following information to get an idea of what is involved with building this type of door.

Tools and Materials

Having the tools and materials you’ll need for your DIY barn door ahead of time can make this project go more smoothly. While the exact tools and materials can differ, depending on your plans, you’ll need standard DIY tools, along with a few other tools, such as an angle grinder and brush knot cup. For materials, you’ll need wood boards, gray stain or other stains (to achieve the rustic look you want) and barn door hardware.

Plan for Hardware

You’ll need to take some measurements and choose your location to help you determine the type of hardware to get. Barn doors typically slide on tracks to open and close, so you’ll need enough clearance around your door. Make sure it’s not going to hit any wall-mounted items, such as light switches, when you open and close it. You’ll also need to have clearance over the opening, so your barn door can be lifted onto the track.

Build Your Boards

Barn doors are made up of several boards that are attached. You can choose a custom design for your door, or create shiplap boards. Run a grinder over the boards to give them a distressed look, then use screwdrivers to put holes in the wood in a few places. This helps the boards look more aged or rustic.

Stain Your Boards

Your boards might not be the color you want for your barn door, but you can easily change that with stains. You can apply a base coat of stain, darker stain or a grayish stain to get the design you want. You can also apply different layers of stain on your boards. Try these stains out on one piece of wood you won’t be using, so you can see how it will look.

Put the Boards Together

To fasten your boards together and make a barn door, you can place all the boards vertically and use 2x4 pieces to hold them together. Place two long 2x4 pieces diagonally across the vertical boards to create a telltale X design that authentic barn doors have. You can then fasten the rails, mount the track and install your sliding barn door.

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Taunee English is a third-year award-winning Real Estate Broker and was named 2019 Realtor of the Year by the Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of REALTORS® (3rd Largest AOR with over 13K members).
She is the new Branch Manager of Beverly Hills, Lions Realty Group of eXp Realty California Inc a ResiMercial Brokerage serving Greater Los Angeles, and the 2019 winner of the Los Angeles Real Estate Agency Award!
She is a U.S Navy Veteran, and she is as devoted to entrepreneurship and professional development as she is to our country. Taunee serves as 2022 Treasurer and the Beverly Hills Regional Chair at Greater Los Angeles REALTORS® Association. She co-created NAR approved Code of Ethics CE course, "Real Estate Court - the People's Court for Agents" while serving her 4th year as Chair of the Professional Development Committee at GLAR.
She also serves as a State Director and 2022 Chair of the Investment Sub-Committee and member of the Strategic Planning and Finance Committee at the California Association of REALTORS®. On the national level, Taunee is serving on the Leading Edge Advisory Board at the National Association of REALTORS®.
Taunee is a strong supporter of Women In Leadership and is one of the founding members and served as its 2021 President of LA/Beverly Hills Women's Council of REALTORS®.
She is very committed to increasing more Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in the Real Estate industry and is the founding member and the 2022 Treasurer of the California Association of Black Real Estate Professionals.
And most of all, she is the devoted daughter to her parents - a mother that she plays Twinsie with fashion photo shoots (at least three times a year) and a father who has the onset of Alzheimer which was what prompted Taunee to obtain her certificate in Fiduciary Management from UC Riverside and to further her work with families in establishing Trusts and avoiding Probate.

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Her Team's Motto is :  Catch a Passion for helping others and a richer life will come back to you!William H. Danforth, Founder of Ralston Purina 
We would never do you the disservice of taking pricing lightly — correct pricing is too important. Your home is special and unique. Your home represents a certain lifestyle and we will market accordingly in order to reach the best prospective buyers. We carefully review recent relevant property sales, evaluate other homes with which your house will be competing, analyze current market statistics, and then our Team come back to you to discuss the recommended Strategic Marketing Price.
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Prior to entering into the Real Estate Industry, Taunee English was certified by the Internal Revenue Service as a Tax Specialist (Enrolled Agent), ran a CPA firm and provided business management services for various industries from A to Z serving mainly attorneys, doctors and tv and film production industry clientele. She is also a Business Broker who sells businesses when they are included in a Trust or Probate Estate.  
The Lions Realty Group Team provides Real Estate Solutions to families who experience any of Life's 5Ds: Divorce, Death, Disasters, Disability, Downsizing. Our extensive accounting and business management experience has given us a unique insight in helping our clients meet their financial and tax strategy goals using real estate as a vehicle. We work as a part of a collaborative team with our Clients’ Accountants, Attorneys, Conservators, Financial Advisors, Professional Fiduciaries and Trustees to create and implement the right strategies to help maximize the values of our clients’ real estate assets. We endeavor to ensure that the timing, the vesting and the financing of their real estate transactions are in sync. Our Team sells ALL property types included in the Trust or Probate Estate: from Condos, Single Family homes, Multifamily and Commercial properties to Businesses. We sell properties at their HIGHEST and BEST USE in order to MAXIMIZE the sales price for heirs and beneficiaries.
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We realize that Numbers do not speak for themselves. They need help, and our team has the ability to translate the Numbers into layman’s terms for our clients and ALSO to use accounting terminology with their accounting and financial professionals.
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