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Mudroom Update - Back Cabinet with DIY - Sliding Door

How to make and install a sliding door on cabinet
This little mudroom is getting lots of storage! We first installed the shoe cabinet, then the cubbies, and now it's the turn for that back cabinet.

I call it a back cabinet, but in reality, I simply closed up that space, adding a couple of shelves and a
sliding door.

According to plan, I had to build a cabinet back there, but that would've been a waste of materials since I already had lovely walls in that corner.

My son's first task was installing shelf supports on the three walls. First time for him to install something on the walls. He started very shakily, but by the end, he was showing that drill who was boss. :D

Then, I went ahead and closed up the space even more because the plan was to install a sliding door, and that opening was too wide to conceal most of the door behind the cabinet. I added a very long 1 x 10 board to that side of the cabinet. (right picture below)

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Matt was in charge of painting these cabinets. He first applied a coat of primer, then two coats of Behr White - Semi-gloss finish.
building a mudroom in a corner of  the garage

Then, it was my turn to install the shelves. Each shelf has two boards; otherwise, it wouldn't fit through the narrow door/opening. 

I didn't secure them to the supports; they have a tight fit, and I wanted them removable to have more space when working on the sliding door mechanism.

This was also the moment to add the trim to this area's top (right picture below).


This sliding door was inspired by the Sliding Barn Door my friend Jaime built right HERE.

The door designs are different, but the mechanism is quite similar and very inexpensive.
Let me show you how it all went for me!

The Materials I used:

The tools you'll need:


The first step is to make a mock-up of the door. I used a scrap piece of plywood as my door, but the most important thing is to install those screw eyes right there on the edge of the plywood.

I made pre-drills, but they weren't too straight. You can see the eye screws tipping to the left, yep. Very slanted. Glad it was a practice piece.

You can also notice that the rod is installed on the shelf support.


I cut the plywood to size. The little mock-up door is also a good guide for height measurement. Width-wise, I made the door a half-inch wider than the opening.

After painting the plywood, I installed the decorative lattice molding on the long sides.


Then it was time to install the screw eyes. I was nervous; I wanted to install them straight, but I had no tools to make the pre-drills dead straight.

I just took my time and went by first using an awl to mark the exact point where to make the holes.
Then, I used a small drill bit and kept drilling the holes as straight as possible.

I changed the drill bit for a larger one and marked how deep I needed to go (use the screw eye to set that mark). 

Then, once again, I changed the drill bit. Drilling the holes one more time with the 5/16" bit, which is the perfect fit for the screw eyes I was using.
The screw eyes were then installed. They were straight, but they both ended up looking different ways. 🤪 I left them like that. They would be hidden. If you do it, pay attention to how they face when you start screwing them, so you can do them both the same way.


Turn the door's front face down and install the casters. I like these hidden casters; they give the front of the cabinet a clean look.

how to build a sliding door for a cabinet


I installed the flange, but then I had to remove it because it's a tight fit. Notice how I also had to make a groove on the top shelf for it to rest nicely on the flange.

Ok, this was the moment of truth, passing the pipe through the screw eyes... installing it.

And ta-daaaah! 

It worked! 🙂

I had to remove it to patch those holes, paint, and add the missing trim pieces.

I also added a stop block in the corner of the cabinet.

I'm telling you, I love these casters!! ❤️❤️

Here is one more pic before removing it.

Here's my pretty sliding door after I gave it some glam. The holes were patched, a couple of coats of paint were applied, and the hardware was spray-painted gold.
How to build a sliding door for a cabinet

I still need to install it, but I'm waiting to finish other little tasks I have to tackle in this small area.

I've been recording most of this process. You can check those videos on my Instagram account right HERE. Go to the saved stories—Mudroom 4 for this sliding door project.

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Here are all the projects that were tackled during this mudroom build:

The mudroom plan

DIY - Garage platform

How to frame a mudroom in the garage

How to build an indoor staircase

How to install slate tile

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