It started out a small project, but I had mission creep

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Project by tallpaul posted 12-05-2009 07:58 AM 1912 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found an alarming amount of dry rot in the old fireplace chase on the exterior of the house, and was doing a half assed job of replacing some of the framing and siding. My girlfriend suggested that I simply demo the whole fireplace, frame in a bump out for some bay windows, and open up the room. Easy to make suggestions, huh?

But, that’s just what I did, and ended up with a room that feels much larger, and windows that let in that great natural light. The cabinetry forms a window bench, and it should make a fine perch for reading in the springtime.
Shaker doors in cherry, some custom upholstery (Sorry, I don’t sew), and a couple of recessed lights above. New oak hardwood floors complete the job of warming up the room.

I’m still trying to decide whether the cabinet doors need handles. At this point, it doesn’t matter, as I haven’t stored anything underneath yet- so they’re decorative doors for now. What do you think?

-- tallpaul

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#1 posted 12-05-2009 09:22 AM

Great conversion.
Handles on the doors might stick out to far?
I guess the “girlfriend” will replace the fireplace for keeping you warm (-;

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 12-05-2009 09:59 AM

very nice job! I’d probably put some handles on the doors, but I’d try to get some slim/low-profile ones, as LesB pointed out they could get in the way.

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#3 posted 12-05-2009 06:04 PM

Try these handles from Ikea , they fold flat when not in use, I used these on a window seat because I had the same concerns and they worked out great. The ones at the link are wide for drawers but they do make a narrower version for doors, if I find the item number I will add to the post.

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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#4 posted 12-05-2009 08:20 PM

Wow Paul a great turn around from dry rot to show room well done.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 12-05-2009 08:23 PM

I like what you wrote about mission creep. Very cool job. Looks gorgeous.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 12-05-2009 08:52 PM

Looks a lot more roomy with the new arrangement, nice work!

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#7 posted 12-06-2009 06:03 PM

Excellent job. I love the look of window bench seats. They really warm up a room and are sooo functional. Again, excellent job.

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