For my office door, I wanted something that looked more like a piece of art than a door. I decided on a barn door. Here is the final result:
And here is how we did it: Instead of painting the actual door, I used a large roll of canvas. My daughter and I painted it with left-over house paint and various brushes. We folded it, stomped on it a few times, and used old brushes to add some detail.
We had lots of fun creating it! The illusion of a running horse at the top was a total accident but we love it. We had our carpenter help with stretching and tacking it onto a regular hollow-core door (ours is 42″ wide).
He also installed the pull on the back side. I didn’t want one on the front so it would look more like art when the door was open). I purchased the hardware from Rusticahardware.com. I had to get one of their mini-systems as the headspace above door was only 5″. Here is a pic of the back of the door, you can see the where the canvas ends.
This is my son checking it out.
The door is quite a conversation piece when we have guests.