renovation :: a dual purpose coat closet
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 by {darlene}
During our renovation project, we decided to do away with one of our entrances to the cellar, and transform it into a coat closet. Because, you know, old houses never have any closets!

Here are the before pictures:

{the former entrance to the cellar}

{the view down to our cellar, with the door removed, and part of the wall removed. We did this to open up the floor plan – in our awkward and tight dining room – by a few feet.}

{here is a view that we had for far-too-long. The wall was rebuilt, closet interiors built, and a new frame created for the new closet.}

{this is a view of the finished closet door. It is actually shorter than the former door because we decided to use the 180 year old, original, back door to our home. It is a joy to know that we have repurposed this door.}

{then we put in a short door along the side wall to make use of the remaining space beneath the second floor stairs. As you can see, the cute door doesn’t even come close to being the cutest thing in my house.}

 {now let’s take a look inside, shall we? We finally have ourselves a coat closet.}

{but I designed a special little feature into this coat closet that really has been wonderful. What is a girl to do when you have a house with no closets on the first floor? Divide and Conquer. We added a half-wall that runs vertically and creates a “closet within a closet.” You can do this to nearly any closet!}

{have a closer look! Our very own broom closet; tucked neatly along side our coat closet. It works beautifully.}

This can be done in any closet, whether or not you have a closet crisis in your home. It has proven to be a very efficient use of space.

You could do this to create room for a wrapping station, a broom closet, a place to keep your handbag collection….
dream away!
- {darlene}

linked to Stories of A to Z and Shabby Nest

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