Published on November 24th, 2016 | by Contributor1
Adding storage in a Cape Cod-themed guest bedroom
I needed guest-friendly storage in a Cape Cod-themed guest bedroom. This took the better part of a month, after ripping out a dysfunctional and shallow (useless closet) that had been squeezed into the space by a previous owner.
- Askvoll 3-drawer chest (plus an extra part from IKEA As-Is for the base)
- Nornäs wardrobe
- Soknedal mirror (hung inverted)
- 2-pair Brattvag short legs
To cover the IKEA-drilled pull holes at the top of each Askvoll chest drawer, I cut pieces of 1/4” x 1 1/2” strips of wood trim and painted them with Valspar Cl133 Careless Whisper, Interior, Eggshell. I drilled center holes in each drawer, and used mercury glass knobs found at TJ Maxx. I left the white fronts white, and glued on my painted trim.
I custom built and fit the upper storage above NORNÄS. I painted the bare wood parts with Valspar 773958 Ultra White (right off the shelf). I ordered 4 pc. of 1/4” thick mirror 13 7/8” x 13 7/8” and glued these in to the door’s panels. I applied the same trim and knob as the chest.
As I mentioned, the storage on top of NORNÄS I custom built to finish out the height of the inverted mirror. One could always find a stock item of the right dimension to create this storage, or add a couple of shelves over it.
I am adding am antique bronze adornment in the upper mirror blank this weekend to “dress” it up a bit.
Because the mirror and dresser have “slick” finishes to them, I had to do some sanding prior to painting.
I also had 1/4” pencil edge glass cut to fit the chest top to protect the paint.
WARNING!!! If you want to apply raised trim on NORNÄS, be sure NOT to apply it to the outside edge of the door. I did, and I had to remove it because the door would not open!!!
~ by Baer