Project Description

  • Project Name:  Rustic Cypress Barn Doors
  • Manufactured by: Carib Teak
  • Project Date: November 10, 2018
  • Wood Type: 4/4 S4S Tongue and Groove Cypress #2
  • Location:  Port St Lucie, Fl
  • Project time: 2 days
  • Accessories:  Watco Early American Stain

Project Details


We were really eager to tackle this project as we had been looking to make these for ourselves for years but never got around to doing so. So needless to say, this project was really special and a lot of fun! The hardest part of the project was deciding on what type of species of wood to use.  We wanted a warm and inviting look yet wanted to match the remaining decor of our house.  The species needed to be light in weight yet portray the rustic look. Ultimately  we settled on using Hardwood Cypress #2. This material really allowed us to get the rustic look of knots and wavy grain as well as staining to match existing wood throughout our house.

This was our first attempt of making Barn Doors! Surprisingly it was really easy!! After the material was selected we got to work.  We started by making a frame for the door. Once the frame was completed we inserted tongue and grove cypress boards onto the frame with a nail gun. After all boards were completed on the front side we flipped the door on the other side and repeated the process. Once the door was completed we finished sand for a smooth feel and proceeded to stain the doors.  We began spraying stain onto doors and came back and rubbed in stain to ensure the color soaked into the wood. We let dry for about 2-3 hours in the sun.  We were ready to install!

Facts and Tips on Making Barn Doors

  • Take your time really researching the hardware for your doors! By picking the right size and fit for your area can make all the difference. This can also make your time for installation cut in half.
  • Know your measurements! The worst thing in the world is having to delay your project longer because of incorrect measurements. This can also increase your projects budget with material wasted or even worse the doors not fitting.
  • Select the right Material. This can sometimes make or break how long your doors will last. Think about location and use of doors.  Different material will be used whether you are installing outdoors or indoors.
  • Be sure to know how much weight your screws can withstand when installing the hardware.  There are many species that are lighter in weight and very versatile.  You want to think of safety when hanging these doors. They can be very heavy.


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