Remember the closet we were building in the studio? (You can read about it HERE if you missed it.) Well, we finally had some time to do a bit more work on it. This is how it looked when you last saw it…
The construction of it was very basic, but I didn’t care too much about making it fancy. The interior would all be hidden away behind closed doors.
Over the weekend, we took advantage of the warmer-ish weather and built the two doors for the larger opening. I wanted to build them out of tongue and groove v-boards, so they would compliment the planked walls and ceiling.
We put them together using 1 x 3 boards on the back side of each door. In hindsight, we should’ve used a “Z” pattern to help reduce the risk of warping or bowing. One of the doors is pretty warped, but we’ll fix that with the placement of a barrel bolt at the bottom of the door. In the case of this closet, done is better than perfect! Because it’s a converted sunporch, the room is a bit more relaxed than the rest of the house, so it’s okay for this closet to be a bit wonky!
The overall result, once it’s finished and painted, will look great and it will provide the functional, closed storage I desperately needed in this room.
I am still deciding on paint color, but I’m pretty sure it’ll either be the same color as the wall or the bright white of the trim. I want it to look more like a built-in cabinet that fades into the wall, so it doesn’t look too visually heavy or imposing in the room.
I did order some fun hardware for the doors, though. I have a nice stash of hardware for dressers and cabinets, so I tried a few different options – large knobs, sash pulls, cabinet latches, etc. None of them seemed to be the right scale or look for the closet doors. So, I turned to Etsy to see what kind of vintage door pulls were available. I ended up finding three matching door pulls from the former Soviet Union!
I think the scale will fit the doors well and they are definitely unique. I grew up in Germany during the cold war and visited a couple of countries on the east side of the wall before it fell and I later spent the summer in Russia as a teenager, so I feel a small connection to these handles and the odd, T-shaped keyholes. Hopefully, they’ll look good on the doors, too.
Oh, and I forgot to show you the frames I found when my mom and I went antiquing! I found several nice antique and vintage gold frames to use for original paintings…
It’s nice to have the frames on hand, so I can cut the linen panel to fit the frame before I start the painting. I’m a little shy about hanging my artwork in my own house, but I’m hoping to change that. Having nice frames on hand and being intentional about creating paintings to fit the frame will take away the I-don-have-a-frame excuse. Plus, a gold frame can make just about any painting look special.
Hopefully, we can finish that last door later this week…