Door disguise #1: Cover the door but don't make it look like I covered it.

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Blog entry by MarkTheFiddler posted 07-13-2012 05:38 AM 2933 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My dining room has been used as a dining 5 times in the last 18 years. A few years back, my wife took it over as her little room. I’m good with that. The piano is in there along with an entertainment center and seating. I am almost 100% done with that room but something will always bug me. The doorway to the kitchen. It’s right behind the couch. I don’t want to see that doorway. I tried to fill it in (would have been pretty dang easy) but my wife said, “You never know when we might start using it again.” I love her but Grrr.

Now I want to disguise it and this morning I came up with a disguise I would like.

The wood will be staggered front and back. The dark slats across the images will sit further back while the lighter colors will sit up front. I don’t want to attach it to the wall but I want it to stand uprights and go floor to ceiling. I’m going to build 3 of these so we can space them evenly across the wall. I think one in the center would look odd while 3 across the wall will give a nice effect.

Now I would like your kind advice. I don’t want to attach it to the wall but I want it to stand uprights and go floor to ceiling. I was thinking of adding legs that reach away from the wall to keep them from falling forward. I was also thinking of attaching the legs to the structure at an angle. Perhaps, they will lean toward the wall by one degree. Will this work or do any of you see obvious flaws?

Since this project will suck up a bunch of wood, I was thinking of using a free source of lumber, shipping pallets. Is this too heavy.

Finally, I want to hang some artwork from everyone of the structures. I don’t know the best way to do that. Perhaps I can get some advice from you all on that. As usual, I come up with an idea and it may be months before I “luck” into the free materials to handle the job. Since this is a fresh idea, I still have supplies to collect and a methodology to devise.

Do you have any advice for me?

Thanks in advance,

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 07-13-2012 11:41 AM


Interesting idea. Since this isn’t structural you can use thin stock for the slats to keep the weight down.

Given the height and the thickness (or lack there of) I would plan on anchoring these to the walls at the top to keep them from tipping, especially if you have kids. Or at least have some sort of attachment to the ceiling.

As for hanging artwork, if the slats are staggered, can’t you put a hook of some sort over any slat that sticks forward? Or, heck, its wood, just sink a nail or screw where ever you need it. Or am I missing something?

-- John

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#2 posted 07-13-2012 01:49 PM

Personally I would have just stuck a heavy book case in front of it,romove any molding to get a snug fit. But to each his own. Your wife is concerned that you may use it again (however unlikely), so you want something that can be moved in a moments notice (in case of company or a dog), so I would build a bookcase (fun) and push it up to the wall (assuming the floor is level).

For the other side you can put artwork on the back side or even stick shelves on it that go through the doorway and you can utilize the space. Kind of like a two way bookshelf except one side is just exposed shelving.

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#3 posted 07-13-2012 01:50 PM

Put some threaded leg ends with plastic/nylon caps in the framework at top, use tension from screwing them out to hold top to ceiling…

Good Luck!

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#4 posted 07-13-2012 04:30 PM

You are my Insane voice of Sanity. Thanks once again for the sage advice.
I have to anchor it. Agreed.
Hooks for the art work. Yes again, Something that will hang off a slat without causing damage. I think I have seen something like that.
Thin stock. Once again I agree. I was hoping to use pallet wood but I think I would have to buy a planer to make that work. I now have a choice, buy a planer (I really want this) or buy thin stock.

That is a beautiful solution. I have put it in my pocket for my future plans. The room I’m “decorating” can’t afford to loose any wall space to a bookshelf unless I move my piano to a different room. I’ll continue to think about that because your option is grand.

How easy is that? I really like those simple solutions. I know that is the way to mount the door cover/decoration now that you pointed it out to me. If I wasn’t hanging any artwork off the door covers, I would use your solution and give it no more thought. The obsessive side of me wants a better grip. Do you think it would work if the leveling pads pushed a board up to the ceiling. I could really tighten them up without fear of poking a hole in the sheetrock. I could also put some kind of no slip material above that board. As a matter of fact, I think I can make the whole mounting contraption invisible.

You guys are awesome! Thank you so much!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#5 posted 07-13-2012 06:47 PM

Two ideas: one is installing pocket door hardware inside the walls so that a door can slide into the wall. The other is to make a bookcase that looks like a bookcase but is really a door that twists open (a secret passageway)!

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 07-13-2012 10:19 PM

“But Honey, if I buy a planer I can build the partitions and a lot of other great things for the house; just think of all the money we’ll save in the long run!”

Come on Mark, man up and beg for a new planer! :-)

To secure to ceiling, you could put a pointy thing on the top and a leveling foot with decent travel on the bottom; crank down on the leveling foot and push the pointy thing into the ceiling to anchor the unit.

-- John

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#7 posted 07-14-2012 02:33 AM

Buying thin slats is good for a project but then you have to buy more the next time too. Buy the planer and thin slats become a lot easier to get.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#8 posted 07-14-2012 04:18 AM

So my friends, I manned up and prepared to beg. Thought I would sweeten the deal and take her out to dinner. She took one sip of her Margarita then gave me the look. “Alright, I’m ready. What expensive item do you want to buy?” Yeah sooo, I wasn’t man enough to even beg. ;)

Thanks for the awesome suggestions. I have great ideas for how to go forward. I can table this blog and keep my eyes open for bargains.


-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#9 posted 07-14-2012 12:05 PM

Excellent. Sounds like you’ve got yourself a good one there!

-- John

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