Hiding A Door

Summer of 2014, Todd and I decided to tackle our living room wall. We had an idea in our heads forever and it was finally the next project on the list. This wall in our living room is plaster and it has two doors. The door to the right is the entry to a small closet where our furnace is. Very few homes in our area have basements because of a high water table. The other door is an entry way to another room. 

Door to another room

Door to another room

Door to furnance closet

Door to furnance closet

We purchased Paneling at Lowes called Beech. It has a whitewashed wood grain look. We really liked it and chose it to cover this wall. Using lots of adhesive and thin but long finishing nails we adhered it to the wall. Of course it was a challenge cutting the paneling to fit the wall. The ceiling slants and is not straight (old home whoas) so we had to measure and try to match a slanting line for the top of each piece. We cut a piece to fit the door and glued and nailed it over the front of the door. Here's what it looks like now :) I got the whole wall in one shot this time. See . . . you can hardly tell that door is there. 

We were careful when cutting the piece so that the pattern in the paneling on the door matched where the pattern in the paneling on the wall left off. I think it works really well to camouflage the door. We only go in there like once a year to check the furnace or change the filter, so hiding it made sense. When we need to open it we just put our fingers under the bottom and pull.  

I try to keep the toys to a minimum in this room. One small toy box and toy basket. Books and toys are also on the shelves of the TV unit. Movies are hidden inside the painted boxes. Someday on this wall we will have a bookcase style entertainment unit for the TV. Todd and I love those, but for now this works. We may build our own so it is the right scale for the room. That will have to wait, though, we have a lot we are doing this year. 

I just love our hidden door!