PROGRESS UPDATE ON OUR MASTER CLOSET
We’re excited about the progress we’ve made on our master closet. The design alone was time consuming! But I would venture to say the design of a closet is just as important as the build. Even though it felt like we were wasting time while we were planning, in the long run it will save time and money. One reason it took more time than expected is because of a design dilemma we had to deal with involving windows and curb appeal. In this post I’m going to share how we hid our closet from the road.
HOW WE HID OUR CLOSET FROM THE ROAD
If you read our last post, you saw that we are building the new closet in the front portion of our bedroom which has windows that face the street. In order to have enough space in the closet, we’ve got to cover the wall of windows with cabinets creating a design dilemma because of the impact it has on the curb appeal of the home. To get up to speed on where we are and learn why we designed the closet at the front of the house, read the first post here: Master Closet.
WE HAVE STAINED INTERIOR PLANTATION SHUTTERS
We have stained plantation shutters on the front of the house, both the upper and lower levels providing a cohesive look. We thought by removing the shutters and painting the backs of the cabinets black, it would appear from the outside as though it were windows looking into a darkened room. We’d done this in the past very effectively. But, because of the way the sun hits the windows, it didn’t look real. Removing the shutters also ruined the cohesive look we had, much more than we expected.
Once we determined we had to leave the shutters, we knew we had to build the cabinets in a way that we could access the interior shutters for future maintenance. We aren’t sure how long the shutters last without being refinished. If we couldn’t access them we were going to be in trouble at some point in the future.
INSTALLING CLOSET CABINETS WITH AN ACCESS PANEL
We decided to reinstall the shutters and open them to the exact position that looked pleasing from the road. TJ used scrap lumber to add strips around and in between each window acting as spacers so that the cabinets don’t touch the shutters. He’s going to build the cabinets so that panels can be removed from the inside allowing access to the windows and shutters. During that planning process, we determined this area would be used as hanging space rather than drawers. If drawers were going here, this plan wouldn’t work, well it could, but definitely not as easy as pulling hangers off the rack. Now that I think about it, that may be a great way to force a closet cleanse =).
We anticipate needing to refinish the shutters every 8 – 10 years, but wouldn’t it be great if it’s not necessary that often since they are interior shutters? We shall see.
YOU CAN’T TELL THE WINDOWS HAVE CABINETS BEHIND THEM
After painting the backs of the cabinets black, you can’t even tell from the road that the windows have cabinets behind them. It just looks like a darkened room. Success!
In my next post I’ll share progress on the cabinets and shelves – Master Closet (Part 3) Custom Cabinets and Shelves
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