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This “wall unit” was a solution to a problem. When we remodeled our cottage, the backside of the fireplace jutted into the bedroom area. Just ugly brick. So I made this to cover it up and give us something nice to look at. The only functional parts are the shelves. Whenever we are giving a tour of the house, people always go up and pull on the drawers or try to open one of the doors. We get the same puzzled look from everyone. I’m doing the same style with two armoires and a large chest of drawers in a walk-in closet. That is a work in progress and I’ll put up pictures when far enough along.

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#1 posted 2285 days ago

Nice embellishment of what you describe as a structural eyesore.. Looks great and I’m sure it’s good for a few laughs.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#2 posted 2285 days ago

It be a nice cabinet to make for real. Beautiful design that would make a great storage unit. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 2285 days ago

That’s nice to be able to take care of something that was a problem for ya’ll by building something that adds to the room.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms

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#4 posted 2285 days ago

Bayouman – wow, that’s way too nice to be “dis-functional”. You did a great job! Looks like you’ve got a couple fun project pieces just ahead.

Thanks for posting it.

What wood/finish is this…oak with a stain?...or something else?

-- Martin, Kansas

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#5 posted 2285 days ago

Wow, what a creative cover up. That certainly serves its purpose!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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Dominic Vanacora

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#6 posted 2285 days ago

It looks like you got this for the store down the street. Well it looooks tooo goood for that I mean It looks like a cabinet that’s been custom made for you. I would be opening the draws as well. Well really I would not be so bolt to open my friends cabinets doors to look in side. It looks greeeaate.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#7 posted 2285 days ago

Wow! that much work and you can’t use it. How much more time/materials would it take to make it functional?

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#8 posted 2285 days ago

That is a beautiful solution to your problem. Maybe you could make one drawer functional to remove the ashes. Just kidding. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#9 posted 2285 days ago

thats a cool thing. the first thing i thought of when seeing this was opening one of those drawers, lol! thanks for the post, and great job!

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#10 posted 2285 days ago

that’s a nice looking solution to solve a problem!

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Greg Wurst

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#11 posted 2285 days ago

I have a similar setup in my basement to cover some water pipes that stuck-out into liveable space. Not nearly as nice, though.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#12 posted 2285 days ago

What a great way to cover up an ugly part of the house.
Looks fantastic!

-- Still learning everything

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Scott Bryan

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#13 posted 2285 days ago

That is a very clever idea to address the problem.

Well done.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Paul M

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#14 posted 2284 days ago

fantastic—Now to make something like this really quirky, how about making drop front drawers and cabinets that are 2” deep. Wouldn’t hold much, but would be a great place to hide the remote.

-- Paul from New England "No man is a failure who is enjoying life". William Feather

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#15 posted 2228 days ago

It be a nice cabinet

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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