I'd like to freshen up an old barn door, to make my lockdown productive.
It looks really bad, hasn't been taken care of in a long while, and I wonder if there is anything useful I can do, or if it is just too late.
What should I be looking at to determine this?
- Does the door still operate or is it merely decorative?
It still operates. As a matter of fact, the main reason I want to work on this door is to keep it operating for as long as possible.
- There is some rot at the bottom, particularly on the right. Is that sturdy enough or does it need to be repaired to keep it from falling apart in use?
The door is actually two 1" (2.5cm) board, screwed together. Even at the worst point (bottom right in the first picture) there is plenty left, and it feels very sturdy.
Altough there is some wood of similar dimension (width and thickness, but shorter) laying around, I don't remotely have the skills to replace the boards myself, and rust melted the screws and bolts.
- Do you want to paint it and hide all the patina or do you want to put a preservative/sealer on it just to keep it from falling apart more?
I think it looks kind of nice. It's been out there for 80 something years, my goal is to keep it going a bit more :)
- Do you want to spiff up all the hardware or leave it rusty?
I would try to make it all better.