Yesterday I shared the beginnings of my little office nook in the basement. I’m so excited with how it’s turning out so far. It’s fun to finally be to the stage of the renovation where we get to add personality to our blank room.
The next way we’re adding personality to the room is with this sliding door. Yeah, it might be a bit trendy, but I totally don’t care. I really love the look and think it really works well in a basement.
This one is being used as the bathroom door which definitely wouldn’t work on a main level, but in the basement, you don’t need quite as much privacy. It doesn’t have a latch/lock on the inside and it’s not painted. Both things that we’re still getting to.
This door isn’t what I want long term, but if I want people to actually use the basement bathroom, I needed something up there! So, this will do for now. What I really want is a gorgeous, old, worn, full-of-personality door in its place. One day, we’ll get it! But I didn’t want to rush it and find something just so-so just to have a door up, so we threw a solid core slab door up there for now while we continue our search for the perfect door.
We got the track system from Tractor Supply Co. Everything was galvanized which was just a tad too industrial for us. Since we have dark hardware around the rest of the house, we sprayed everything black to give a more cohesive look. I tested it out first, of course, because I’m a visual person and I like to see things before I fully commit to them.
After my husband cut the track to size with his angle grinder with cutting wheel, I painted the left over piece black and we held it up to make sure we liked it. We did, obviously, so I went ahead and painted everything else after he also smoothed out the cut edge of the track so we didn’t cut ourselves!
Just a note on the install. We installed the track to the floor joists (on the ceiling) rather than to the wall so we could easily access and see what to drill in to (rather than having to find studs in the wall). We initially installed the track tight up against the wall, but once it was all hung, the door and plates rubbed against the wall. We had to remove it all and move the track out about an inch from the wall, so that it wouldn’t rub. So, learn from our mistakes. If you install something like this, leave a little space between the track and the wall or your door will rub!
I have to say I’m so in love with the door already. It is so nice to finally have a door on the bathroom, and it adds a ton of personality to that blank wall.
Now I just have to think of how I’m going to paint it!