Some of you will ask why I bought a door that doesn’t fit the opening I needed to fill. A valid question.

The opening, at 74 x 26.25 inches is nowhere near standard.


I wanted a glass door to help light up the dark and dingy kitchen. It really is a hole, but I’ll get to that later. When I saw this door (it’s upside down, btw) in our local second-hand-door-store, I just had to have it. In case you are wondering why I would want to be able to look into the bathroom from the kitchen, I don’t. I’m going to to frost the door with paint, using this: as a cool stencil so everyone will know it’s a bathroom. Neat, huh?

Okay, now I’m really mad. Not only can I not find the stencil I printed out, I also can’t find the original on the internet. I find that very upsetting. So I will move on to the real conundrum and hope it shows up. (I never did find that sucker, but it looks something like this with no words and more swirls coming off the back. Boy and I going to be cranky if I lost my original.

I was thinking I would take those god-awful cubbies that are always spewing things onto the floor off that wall, move the opening just a little and mount the door on barn door hardware. It would make a nice slider there. The other option is to make the opening bigger. Also doable.  Nothing in this house is either well made or so picturesque that it shouldn’t be tampered with.

So here’s the question:

If it was your (frosted) glass door and your opening, would you leave the cubbies and mount the door traditionally, or would you remove the cubbies and slide that sucker like a barn door?

Explain please.

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Therese July 12, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Could you do a bi-fold door? I’ve considered that for a similar conundrum in our house – the nonstandard size doorway from the kitchen into the laundry room (which you have to go through to get to the main bathroom). I’ve also considered a custom-made roll-up door!

I like your barn-door option and I’d totally ditch the cubbies!

Good luck!


Julie July 11, 2013 at 3:31 am

I love the idea of the rustic wood and having it slide. But, those technical issues that Delia mentioned are all very valid. So, I guess it might HAVE to be the hinged option.

Also? You could press/glue raw muslin on top of that glass instead of the frosting. Maybe.


Judy, Judy, Judy July 8, 2013 at 12:35 am

Yeah sliders can tend to be trouble. Hinges is the way I would go.


Delia July 7, 2013 at 10:05 pm

I like the sliding idea, but it could be trouble with teenagers and glass and sliding things. Unless you put a track on the bottom like a pocket door so it doesn’t swing out., but you have to remember to leave it a touch loose if you do that because the wood in the door will swell in the hot, humid summer and the door will stick. (This has been my experience with pocket doors, not necessarily sliders.) And then you also have to make sure the bottom track would be nothing anyone would trip over.

So I guess if it were me, I’d mount it on hinges. But then I’d also add doors to the cubbies. 😉


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