Grandy Barn Door Console

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 08/05/2015 - 12:03
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Do you follow Nikki Grandy on Instagram yet?

If you do, you know she pretty much has redefined the sliding door console.

reclaimed wood barn door console beautiful distressed chippy paint

My personal favorite is her reclaimed wood version with herringbone pattern doors.

rustic distressed barn door sliding console furniture

How stunningly gorgeous is this barn door console?

Yep, she's letting me share plans with you!!!

The plans for this amazing barn door console follow, but one thing first - hop over to Instagram and follow nikki_grandy right now!

Have an awesome Wednesday!


PS - barn door hardware has come down alot in price!  

$50 for 8 foot long sliding door hardware from Amazon - and it has five star reviews!

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Barn Door Console

Barn Door Console Plans

barn door console dimensions
Dimensions shown above. Can be altered in height and width.


Shopping List
  • 2 - 2x10 @ 8 feet long
  • 2 - 1x8 @ 8 feet long
  • 2 - 1x10 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 sheet of 1/4" thick plywood or hardboard (for back)
  • 3 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
  • 4 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 6 - 2x3 @ 8 feet long
  • 2 - project panel pieces 17-1/4" x 36" (may be advertised as 18" wide project panel - measure in store)
  • Hardware for sliding doors


Common Materials
2 1/2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
Cut List


  • 4 - 2x3 @ 84"
  • 4 - 2x3 @ 17"
  • 4 - 2x3 @ 14"


  • 2 - 3/4" thick project panels or plywood 36" x 17-1/4"

Face Frame

  • 5 - 1x4 @ 36"
  • 8 - 1x4 @ 17-3/4"


  • 2 - 1x8 @ 87"
  • 2 - 1x10 @ 87"

Middle Shelf Supports and Cleats

  • 5 - 1x2 @ 14"
  • 5 - 1x2 @ 17"


  • 1/4" plywood pieces 36" long

Bottom Trim

  • 1 - 1x2 @ 90" - both ends cut at 45 degrees, NOT parallel, longest point measurement
  • 2 - 1x2 @ 18-3/4" - one end cut at 45 degrees, longest point measurement


  • 2 - 2x10 @ 91" 

  • Doors are cut to fit, overall 20" x 30"

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Miter Saw
Table Saw
Brad Nailer
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Build two frames out of 2x3s.  The frames should be screwed together as this is the main support for the entire piece.  Use 2-1/2" or longer screws, or for those of you with a Kreg Jig, use 1-1/2" pocket holes and 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.  Don't forget to glue the joints.

Don't be concrened about being perfect here, the entire frame is concealed.

Step 2

For the sides, add the side panels.  This plan is designed to work with project panels 17-1/4" wide.  You can use any material here, plywood or reclaimed wood too.  I recommend screwing these to the frames, but you could also use nails and glue - nails should be at least 1-1/4" long.  I love how the back overhangs by 1/4" to conceal the back (will put that on in later steps).

Step 3

Now the face frame.  With the projec ton it's back, lay out all the face frame boards and glue and nail down.  Nails should be at least 1-1/4" long. Pocket hole users could also build the face frame seperately and attach.

Step 4

Lay the bottom shelf boards down on the bottom frame.  Nail and glue down, with nails longer than 1-1/4".  There can be a gap between the boards, but the shelf should not go past the back of the bottom frame (sides overhang by 1/4" to allow for the back).

Step 5

Step 6

Build your bottom shelf by attaching bottom shelf boards to the shelf cleats.  Use 1-1/4" long nails and glue to attach.  Can have a gap in the middle.

Step 7

Place shelf inside console and attach from outsides to secure in place.  

Step 8

To get the planked look on the back of the console, Nikki ripped 1/4" plywood into strips and then attached the individual strips to the back.  You can also use full sheet of 1/4" plywood. You can use shorter nails here but if you don't want to buy a shorter nail (3/4" would be ideal) the 1-1/4" nails would be fine.

Step 9

The bottom is trimmed out in simple 1x2s, mitered around corners.  Use 1-1/4" nails and glue to secure.

Step 10

Attach top with the longer screws you used to build the top frames (2-1/2" or longer) so top is flush to back and side overhangs are even.  TIP: You may wish to stain the top boards first.

Step 11

Nikki built the doors shown with 1/2" plywood with smaller strips nailed on top, but you can use a variety of different methods to build the doors (love the reclaimed wood!) Nikki makes her own sliding door hardware too.


Jaime from That's My Letter provides a good tutorial on her sliding door hardware if you want to check that out.  

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.



Wed, 02/22/2017 - 08:11

So I clicked the link and ordered the sliding door hardware for the Grandy Sliding Door Console and the hardware (wheels and brackets are huge.  Way too big for the project we have built.  They don't look that big on most everyone's pictures.  Did I order the wrong ones?  The wheels are 2.75", the J bracket is 12" long.  I need 5" + of clearance above door opening and I used 1x4s which as you know are only 3.75".  I orded the 6.5' Basic J kit by Umax.  ????  Help.


Tue, 12/19/2017 - 08:42

I made this as my first wood project and it was fun and easy. added a rich feel to my livingroom for very little money.



Terry P

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 05:25

I'm building this now and found some difficulties along the way so I wanted to offer a few tips and suggestions.
1. The width of the upper faceframe is not wide enougth for most of the barndoor hardware out there. The plans call for a 1x4 which is actually .75 x 3.5 inches. The 3.5 inches does not allow enough room to fit the rails and wheels between the bottom of the countertop to the top of the doors . It will work if you make the hardware yourself, using smaller rails and wheels, but a lot of people (like myself) would prefer to just buy it. I would suggest making the upper rail at least a 4.25 inches wide. I build mine according to the plans, using a 1x4. I had to add another 3/4" by adding a 1x4 (flat down) around the top, giving the upper faceframe a total of 4.25 inches.

2. Hardware. I searched and searched for smaller barn door hardware and eventully order this from Amazon.…  It was $90 but it looks like it should fit perfectly.

3. The back is unsupported on the left and right edge where it meets the sides. I would suggest either making the sides 17 inches and then let the back go all the way across from edge to edge, covering the back edge of the sides, or build to the plans then add trim pieces inside the cabinet, where the back meets the sides.


Tue, 01/02/2018 - 16:49

I have posted here before about this. But I wanted to post again in case anyone is looking for hardware. I make and sell mini barn doors for decorative dog door covers. The hardware I make is proportionate to what is needed to complete this console. 

If anyone would like to check it out, you can find me on at

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