|Project by Ryan Bruzan||posted 06-11-2011 02:57 PM||1883 views||7 times favorited||11 comments|
So, I got a call from another V.I.P. a few months ago regarding a custom closet, you know, one of those “dream” type projects that I so much love to create and complete. This particular project was to be stage one of an adjoining process: adjoining the master bedroom/bathroom with a large closet. Although the adjoining part is yet to come, we proceeded to plan, execute and complete the closet.
This frameless closet is a Rustic Cherry closet with Dark Mahogany stain and Satin Clear Coat Polyurethane by ZAR. When I asked for photos of the bedroom, I noticed a neat looking vine and leaf cutout pattern on the skirt of the master bed. I knew I wanted to somehow incorporate (my own version, of course) a similar pattern somewhere in the closet, you know, one of those ridiculously time-consuming effects that artists like to create and embed somewhere in all their projects; that’s LOVE right there! And this love was for my Aunt.
Since the window wall was in need of some creative thinkery, I decided to work the pattern in at the crowns above the window and on the shelving tower directly on the opposing side of the room. Not to mention they are lighted on separate switches. I used a piece of milk white plexiglass behind the cutouts to cast an equal balance of light around each fixture.
Additionally, I decided to try my hand at creating my own moldings, not only for the appreciation and skill building, but also due to the fact that the manufacturer of such fine quality moldings located in very close proximity to me (less than 30 miles to be exact, almost) would not allow me, a small business owner, to buy their American-made products from them directly, but rather wanted me to pay a higher price at one of their favorites, a big chain distributor. Hmm, what a pity! Okay, enough of the snobbish politics and back to the project.
The storage bench/chest features raised panel false fronts, fluted columns, projecting plinths and has a flip-up top with an adjustable piston hinge to prevent accidental slamming on any fingers. There is a 24” deep panel to conceal the hanging clothing behind it upon entry into the closet and while walking down the hall.
One other major factor with this project that had to be considered was the distance between: 738 miles to be exact! When Aunt Jackie first mentioned her desire to me, I recalled a four-word statement in the left margin of my website homepage: “Has Truck, Will Travel.” Not a problem! Careful planning, strategic preparation and diligent execution were of utmost importance along with maintaining a certain schedule of events were the additional keys to making this happen.
A big THANK YOU to the most awesomest (no correction necessary) hostess in the little piece of paradise I got to stay in; your hospitality was superb. Thanks for all the wonderful entertainment; I had a blast!
Thank you Aunt Jackie and Uncle Dave for everything! A special thanks to you Uncle Dave for practicing and fabricating that expression for final presentation; that was priceless! Enjoy…
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