Grandy Barn Door Console

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 08/05/2015 - 12:03
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Man oh man do I ever have a treat for you today!

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.



Tue, 08/30/2016 - 12:55

We have a massive wall in our living room - 20x20 - that was begging for built ins. We loved the look of the grandy console so decided to build 3 as the base and then will add book shelves. Side by side it looks unfinished and I wanted to add decorative moulding so you dont see the 2x4's. Problem is it is hard to ifnd 8 inch flat moulding. Recos? Thanks!


Wed, 08/31/2016 - 13:22


  I have been trying to get into contact with you via email. I need some help.


Fri, 10/21/2016 - 16:51

This might be a stupid question, but is it easier to paint/stain before assembling? If not, how do you paint the inside shelves once everything is assembled?


Wed, 11/23/2016 - 22:58

I agree with Jippy that it'd be nice to see how the doors with the X design were made and more ideas on how to do the rails. I don't have a propane torch or any fancy tools, but I feel like the project gets complicated with the rails, yet the sliding doors are the best part. 


Mon, 12/12/2016 - 06:08

Just learning how to get into woodworking, and these plans are easy, thank you! I am curious about suggestions on the best wood to use? Or is it an issue of preference? thanks for any help!


Sat, 01/14/2017 - 10:18

Just curious, I've seen several plans that call for 2x3 stock.  Not sure where you are getting 2x3 wood without ripping a 2x6 or 2x4.


Is there an alternative?


Sat, 02/18/2017 - 19:14

Hello, I think that these plans are awesome but I was wondering if there were plans for the smaller one that is right above the shopping list? It has three holes instead of 4 and it looks not as tall and not as wide. I also noticed that the sliding barn door hardware kit that was used was only 6.6 feet wide and so the consol had to be not as wide. Can anyone help? 


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

You can use promo code DIYCONSOLE at check out.


Fri, 01/19/2018 - 13:49

When I look back at the old woodwork furnitures we have, I am carried by the simplicity and inspiration the marker must have had in his head and wonder if he had any woodwok plans to follow. Somehow I ask myself if I could make anything appreciated by another person, but thanks to guys like you than continue to inspire us, even novies have a chance. The woodwork plans I got for my project were very helpful. You can check them out here

Brian Famous

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 18:00

If you want to reduce the width by 21 inches, almost a quarter of it's width, you first have to decide if you are going to reduce it down to 3 bays instead of 4, or make all of them 5.25" skinnier, etc...  Where is that 21" coming off from?

I'd be happy to draw up a similar design for you if you want to provide your thoughts.


Wed, 03/07/2018 - 07:57

My wife does not want a console that large... three bays would be great.... are their plans on here for the three bay stand?

In reply to by MattMart82

Brian Famous

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 18:51

I don't know if there are plans already on the site for one at 37.5 x 18.75 x 70 (which is what it would be just 21" shorter).  Give me a day or two and I can draw one up for you with 3 bays (one sliding door).  Feel free to reach out to me via my profile info if you have any thoughts about other changes


Tue, 07/23/2019 - 18:44

I'd like to know what size shelves you end up with. I'd love nothing more than to hide all my old vinyl albums behind the barn doors. I'm guessing by the overall height and depth that's a possibility but can you actually give me the "go ahead" before I start planning to make this? I'm totally in love...


Tue, 08/27/2019 - 06:03

Would you happen to have modified plans and cut list for the one in the picture that only has 3 sections instead of 4 and with the wider doors and the feet please?  I'm a beginner and don't trust myself to try and figure that out on my own.


Thu, 12/12/2019 - 17:41

Great project. Finished mine and created my own barn door hardware doing a little research and they came out perfect. I wish I could upload my project but unsure how to at this very moment.


Wed, 02/05/2020 - 11:58

Is anyone else having trouble finding the right size project panels? I’ve been to Home Depot and Lowe’s and I can only find 16inch wide. Not 18 inch that the plans call for. 


Wed, 04/01/2020 - 19:14

The space I am hoping to fill with this piece is just a bit to small for these full dimensions. Is there a link anywhere for instructions for a scaled-down version? (Only in length!) I’m hoping to make it about 6- 6 1/2 ft long)
This will only be my 2nd project (farmhouse king bed was my first- turned out AMAZING!!) so I’m a little afraid to deviate from the plan on my own! :)


Wed, 04/22/2020 - 21:51

Hi there. I'm going to start building this console this weekend and wanted to inquire about the best way to attach the top to the frame. Pocket holes? Brad nails? Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!


Sat, 08/08/2020 - 09:54

I am having difficulty finding hardware to fit the small area (3.5") above the door but under the table top. I do not have the tools to create my own from the blog post. Any info on where to find a smaller set?


Sun, 10/25/2020 - 10:41

My second Ana White build and the thorough plans and drawings made this as easy as the first! The design of the “box” is quick and easy but not the type of design for flawless, heirloom type table. I think this design is best when paired with a more rustic, antique type face, sides, back, etc... this is because the side panels aren’t fully secured, can warp and leave some gaps from the back and frame. Anyway, I’m being picky because these are fast and easy plans that produced a far better product than imagined. I shorten the length to a total of 61 inches to fit a standard 60 inch barn hardware. Here are some pics!


Fri, 01/15/2021 - 07:04

I'm new to building furniture and my question is - in Step 8, how do i nail the panels to the shelf if i cannot see the shelf? That does not seems easy to do, and presents high risk of error or even injury. What am i missing?

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