Remember that saying? My parents used to use that term all the time. Close the door, were you born in a barn?
Clean your room, were you born in a barn?
Pick up your clothes, think you were born in a barn?
None of these make sense, do they? I’ve never seen clothes in a barn, and I was raised on a farm, milking cows before breakfast. Our barn was clean, but not cleaner than my room, even at it’s messiest. Barn doors? Ours were always closed or the cows would get out! But, I digress.
So these days, have you noticed the barn door trend? I have and, gosh, I just love it. If I were to build a new home or remodel an older home, I’d have barn doors everywhere. But, sadly, neither of these options are open to me right now. But wait, the door has opened just a bit. (See what I did there?)
The Biker and I have some rentals and one of them is an older home. This is the cutest little house, and when we bought it, it had been converted to an upper/lower duplex. I saw this house four years before we bought it. I drove past it every day on the way to work. So, I saw the new roof going on. I watched as the new siding was added. I happily saw the new windows installed and then one day I saw the “For Sale” sign in the yard. I grabbed my phone and called The Biker, and asked him to see what he could find out about it while I was at work. I wanted this house. A couple of weeks later, we were the proud owners of this little beauty.
As I mentioned it had already been remodeled, but there were a few things we felt we wanted to do to it. However, it already had tenants, so as a tenant moved out, we would make a couple of changes here and there. We added cabinets and new appliances to the lower kitchen. We haven’t had to do much else in the lower unit and it’s stayed rented since this upgrade.
The upper unit has changed tenants a couple of times since we purchased it and each time we’ve done a few things, but this time is my favorite. We had the opportunity to add a barn door.
The upstairs unit is quite small but it’s adorable. Every time I’m up there, I can imagine myself living there. There is a small storage closet in the living room and there had always just been a curtain hanging over the doorway. Since the area is small and the ceiling slants right next to the door, we were at a loss as to what to put there. Then I began seeing barn doors all over and I was inspired. So, when our tenant gave notice that she was moving, we took the opportunity to install a new barn door over the closet door. We had to replace the carpeting as well, so the timing was right.
Since there wasn’t room to have the wheels hang straight, we had to get creative and honestly, I think it turned out pretty darn good. Plus, the new tenant loved it so, it’s all good. What do you think?
Have you had to overcome a decorating obstacle? How did you do it? Tell me about your DIY challenges.