Tuesday, January 8, 2013

home improvement: new cabinet door

When you come into our house through the front door, the downstairs is all one open space. The living room, spiral staircase, dining room and kitchen. On the end of the kitchen counter are display shelves, which you can see as soon as you walk into the house. They're probably intended for cookbooks and whatnot, but storage space is at a premium around here, folks, and I've always found these shelves to be a missed opportunity. But this problem was not insurmountable.

I didn't take a "before" photo, so, uh, just pretend there's no door in this photo. (Spoiler alert! We added a door!)

Here is how I created the door in four easy steps.

1. Call Dad.

2. Ask Dad to make a door for you.

3. Allow a few months to pass.

4. Install your door!

Haha! Didn't he do a great job? When my parents were in D.C. last fall, he took one of our other cabinet doors home with him, and he modeled the new door off of it. It's really impressive. He even matched the stain. Tony and I picked it up when we were in Ohio for Christmas and installed it when we got back.

So now the booze is behind a closed door, and I have room to store all of those extra pantry items that don't fit in our cabinets and previously were housed on top of the cabinets. So much better.

Problem, you've been surmounted.

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