Up Close and Personal for #ThursdayDoors

Showing off my husband’s handiness today, for the enjoyment of my woodworking readers.

I came home from a friend’s house and described their visiting room closet to Charlie, and he made one for us. Here is what it looks like with the framing, which goes floor-to-ceiling.

ClosetDoorFrameHere it is from the side, just as you come in the front door.

SideViewThe dimensions are one foot deep by seven feet wide, reaching from beside the door to beside the window.

A shot of the inside shows you one reason we needed something there, in addition to needing some place for people to stow their gear.

InsideClosetThe doors are louvered. I think he installed them upside down. Aren’t louvers supposed to open downwards?

LouversBut that’s just fine with me. Because why? Because Christmas!

MarthaStewartMAPerfect place to display Christmas cards!

This has been part of Norm Frampton’s wonderful Thursday Doors link-up. Please visit his blog and click on the little blue froggy link to see doors from around the world.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write about a closet.




I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Up Close and Personal for #ThursdayDoors

  1. Dan Antion

    August 11, 2016 at 8:11am

    I love it and I love how you found the bright side to the doors. Nicely done, Charlie.

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  2. Jane

    August 11, 2016 at 9:24am

    Super duper design! AND execution!

    What a fab idea. You could put this almost anywhere there’s a blank wall. And I have several!!! Of course, I could just use book shelves…..hmm. And I don’t have visitors…. And carpentering is Hard Work…


    Congrats and admirations to Charlie!

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  3. norm 2.0

    August 11, 2016 at 10:56am

    Yay! The world’s coolest Christmas card holder, and a nice storage spot as well.
    Nice fit and finish to this project. You can tell when something is well done by the fact that it looks like it belongs or has always been there πŸ™‚

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      Marian Allen

      August 11, 2016 at 12:55pm

      Right, Norm! That’s a hallmark of Charlie’s work. Is he a builder? Why no, he’s a retired English teacher!

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  4. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    August 11, 2016 at 3:56pm

    This house DESPERATELY needs a closet for vacuum cleaners and similar stuff.

    Not sure we have a blank wall somewhere, but this is a lovely thought – your closet is one foot deep (I’d measure our vacuums and the floor steamer for ours).

    I want these things BEFORE we sell the house – that’s why I had the kitchen redone a number of years ago: I wanted to enjoy it, not just pay for it.

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      Marian Allen

      August 12, 2016 at 8:57am

      Alicia, I love your attitude about making your house sale-perfect while you can enjoy its perfection yourself! That seems just right to me. I’ll take pictures of another closet Charlie made out of wasted space. He popped ’em in any old nook and cranny. πŸ™‚

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  5. janet

    August 11, 2016 at 9:04pm

    Useful doors are the very best. Good for your husband!


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  6. Joey

    August 11, 2016 at 9:53pm

    I hadn’t noticed the louvres until you said that. Louvers? Picky Google, maybe it’s French, sheesh πŸ˜‰
    Anyway, that’s very clever with the X-mas cards! I have a spare shutter in the garage and I’m tempted…Now I’m extra tempted.
    Excellent doors post!
    I would love to have the corner behind the front door built into a closet. Is Charlie available?

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  7. Vicky

    August 12, 2016 at 3:00pm

    How lovely, I am wanting a new wardrobe …??!! Cyprus, it’s not that far πŸ™‚

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    August 17, 2016 at 4:25am

    I also think the louvers open downwards.. or perhaps we get confused when it’s used for doors and we end up observing it from the inside. haha! nice work on this closet. Glass panels for the shelves can provide better lighting on the inside just a thought from a Glazier.

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      Marian Allen

      August 17, 2016 at 8:50am

      Since there’s no lighting at all inside, glass wouldn’t help. Besides, if you had read my post The Sadness of the Scissors, you wouldn’t be recommending for me to have anything to do with glass. heh

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  9. Maria Scott

    August 25, 2016 at 4:08pm

    This type of out of the box thinking is great for older homes that have limited storage. Growing up in an 1870’s farm house, there was no such thing as hanging clothes.

    I have always liked the look of half louvered doors, and the mix of painted doors with stained millwork is always a nice touch. I’m sure this is a welcome addition.

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  10. Alex F.

    September 30, 2016 at 3:49pm

    I love the frame and that all the vertical space is used for maximum storage. Kudos to Charlie!

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