To elevate this laundry room from its utilitarian purposes, there was still one rather large elephant in the room — the washing machine! For something a bit fun and different, I decided to experiment with a custom DIY barn door. There were a lot of limitations to overcome, practicalities to accommodate and options to consider, but I managed to create something that satisfied both form and function.
For the hardware, I decided to use a $5 steel bar and some $1 metal garden edging pegs. The bar is screwed to the face of the counter (using rubber chair-leg stoppers as spacers) and the pegs drape over the top.
I constructed the plywood doors and then painted them a soft green to coordinate with the exterior door. Once bolted to the pegs, the doors neatly concealed the washing machine without impeding the opening of the flanking cabinet doors. The barn doors glide open with ease to allow access to the machine.