I built and installed these DIY barn doors a year ago.
On the other side of the kitchen is a non-purpose room, basically a glorified hallway. It’s where the cats hang out most of the time. It’s where their window seat is. It’s also where they eat and use their litter box. In order to allow them passage, I have to keep the door cracked open. I don’t really heat or cool the room, so I’ve had a sheet hanging up ever since I installed the doors. REALLY attractive, don’t you think?
I’ve wanted to cut a mouse hole in one of the doors forever. I finally decided to do it but suddenly got very nervous. What if the silly things won’t use it? Solution? Cut a piece of cardboard to mimic the hole. Indeed, they did use it!
So, then the dreaded chore of taking down the door. I’ve taken it down several times, as I need to take it down to move any furniture in or out of the house. I’m getting quite good at it actually. I generally use the kitchen table to brace the door, but this time I decided to use the kitchen island. I removed two bolts in each bracket, leaving only the bottom one in each bracket. You see, the problem is—when the door is down, I’m unable to access the bolts due to the door frame.
Anyways, after this, I enlisted some help because it’s just too much for one person to handle.
The table was taken outside where I traced around the original cutout.
I used the jigsaw to slowly maneuver my way around the mouse hole.
voila! I was so pleased with how well it went.
No more leaving the door cracked open.
They’ve adjusted pretty quickly. This is kitty making a quick exit out of the kitchen.
This would be Louie checking out the mouse hole.
Now the bad news! I went to do laundry, and pulled the door closed behind me. When I came back upstairs, Louie was on the other side of the door. Dang it! Hopefully, he only wanted to follow me, and he won’t make a habit of it.