Here’s one apartment design hack that will improve the safety of your home while addind a clever whimsical design!
Did you know that an uncovered peephole is actually a privacy risk? Anyone could just swing by your apartment and tamper with your front door’s peephole. It’s scary how common tampered peepholes are in hotel rooms.
Intruders could peek at your private life via a peephole using a mobile device and a reverse peephole viewer too! It could happen to anyone, particularly unsuspecting homeowners. Suffice it to say, a bare peephole is no longer enough to protect your privacy.
Now, you can always install a surveillance system in and around the property to discourage intruders. But for those who does not have time for professional installation, here’s a simple solution: cover your peephole. It’s low-tech, sure, but a covered peephole makes your home a lot less vulnerable.
Peephole covers are available at your hardware stores. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes! But if you enjoy making awesome things with your hands, why not make your own peephole cover at home? I found this super easy peephole cover tutorial on Mother Daughter Projects and guys, how cute is this?
It’s a teeny tiny barn door! The adorable design is definitely a step up from the ugly peephole covers you get at the hardware store, yes? Ready to make your own micro-barndoor for your peephole? Let’s get started!
Apartment Design Hack: Tiny Barn Door Peephole Cover
You will need:
9 Large popsicle sticks
A metal hanger
Sugru moldable glue
2 Lego gray half pin with stud
2 1×4 Lego black tile
2 small Lego black wheel
Step 1: Place a clean wiping cloth on your work area to protect the surface from glue/stains. Lay five popsicle sticks on top of it. Cut a piece of duct tape and stick it on the popsicle stick to keep them secure.
Step 2: Measure and cut the popsicle sticks to cover the top and bottom. Then, get another popsicle stick and cut it with scissors. Cut the stick according to the length of the taped popsicles across. Don’t forget to sand the edges before sticking each one onto the top and bottom of the taped sticks with craft glue. These sticks will hold the whole thing together.
Step 3: With a small lint-free rag, apply several coats of wood stain all over the barn door. You don’t have to apply the layers evenly, the uneven stains will make the barn door look realistic. Don’t forget to wear your gloves! Leave the wood stain to dry.
Step 3: Once the stain is dry, get 2 more sticks and measure each one so they perfectly under the horizontal sticks that hold the door together. You’ll use these sticks to make the X-pattern on the door.
Just cut the curved ends of the popsicle sticks after measuring then stick them onto the barn door with craft glue. It might take several tries to get the right length but that’s what the extra sticks are for!
Step 4: While waiting for the glue to dry completely, apply thin layers of wood stain on the rubber doorstop. Wait for the wood stain to dry. The doorstop will serve as the doorknob for the barn door.
Just stick a small amount of Sugru moldable glue on the bottom of the doorstop. Then, stick the rubber doorstop directly to the middle side of the barn door. Remove the excess glue with a toothpick then leave the glue to cure.
IMPORTANT: Sugru moldable glue takes 24 hours to cure.
Step 5: Go to your front door and figure out the placement of the barn door. Go back to your working station and cut a straight piece of metal from the bottom part of the hanger.
Step 6: If you have the Lego pieces, attach the half pin with stud into the wheel then glue it onto the black tile. You should make two set of these attachments.
If you don’t have these Lego pieces (they are no longer available according to the tutorial), use a different kind of wheel attachment. You can get this at your local hardware.
Step 7: Place rounded pieces of Sugru glue on each metal end and stick that on your front door. Wait for the glue to cure. While waiting for Sugru to cure, stick a piece of duct tape onto the metal wire to keep it in place.
Next, stick the wheel attachments on either side of the barn door using Sugru moldable glue.
Step 8: Once the moldable glue has cured, remove the tape that holds the straight piece of metal wire onto the door. Then, attach the barn door via the wheel attachment and you’re done!
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