Traditional Closet

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Project by MatthewG posted 08-09-2015 03:43 PM 895 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our house is an 1876 Italianate Victorian, which had really ugly closets in the master bedroom. This is the replacement project.

The space is 128” wide and 120” tall; it was split into quarters, with the outside quarters built as hanging closets, I lined them with solid aromatic cedar. I bought cedar boards, resawed and planed them down, and ran T&G. Next time, I would probably buy this in kit form—but all those shaving did make the shop smell great. I put in wire shelving, which both of us really like. The sliding doors are poplar, and I had to make them to match the existing house doors. They are hung with rollers from Johnson hardware (check Amazon, this hardware is highly recommended) and work great.

The center section is finished as cabinetry. There are four sliding doors on top, four handy drawers in the middle, and eight large drawers on the bottom. The sliding doors run on solid rails, top and bottom, with a bit of wax to make them run smooth. The solid stock is cherry, with cherry veneer ply panels, since I needed it for stability and strength. The middle drawers have no slides—they are simple boxes fitted into a carcass. The bottom drawers run on roller slides. These are four-sided boxes with the drawer fronts mounted with oversize screws—the ability to adjust the fronts’ positions was invaluable in getting even gaps between the drawers.

The room also needed crown moulding, and had a couple of details that took a bit of work. The last picture is a “works-in-progress”—my wife pointed out the timestamp on the photo, which was sometime in 2011. (She is a very patient mate!)

-- Matthew, from beautiful Wisconsin USA

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#1 posted 08-09-2015 03:55 PM

Nicely done. Old houses present interesting challenges


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#2 posted 08-09-2015 04:19 PM

That looks great! I really like your design.

It looks like the doors on each side of the center cabinet slide as well – right?

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 08-09-2015 04:26 PM

That is right. It is a small room, so all the doors have to slide, as opposed to fold or swing out. One of the ideas that my wife wanted was to make sure that ALL the doors on one side (both the large door and the two small ones) can be moved to the other side to completely open up the closet—laundry, cleaning, etc. Turned out that was a great idea!

-- Matthew, from beautiful Wisconsin USA

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#4 posted 08-13-2015 04:06 AM

So nice.. Love it.

-- --bch

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