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This small house from the 1930s had a minuscule entrance and coat closet painted in corn flower blue.   There were two doors: the entrance door hidden behind a curtain working as a buffer against the street noise and the cold, and the cheap hollow closet door.

Original entrance

Original entrance

In this small space, the intense blue was overpowering and had to be replaced by a quieter color.  I would also need to find a new door curtain that would match the wall treatment.  The closet also had a low door that blocked access to the upper part of the storage space.  To address this, we had to discard the door and most of the top part of the wall, opening the entire closet space up to the ceiling and allowing for extra shelves.

original closet door

original closet door

Enlarging door opening to fit taller door

Enlarging door opening to fit taller door

For this entrance, I was contemplating hanging a Trompe L’oeil wall paper with bookshelves.  I decided instead to go with a faux bois finish – the faux-bookshelf wall paper would have seemed too busy for this cramped space.

The closet door was replaced by a taller door made of ¾-inch fine veneered plywood, stopping eight inches away from the ceiling. The door trims were also removed and the new door was installed to flush with the remaining wall on each side of the opening.  In other words, the door disappeared to look like a wall.

Once the carpentry work completed, the entire wall surface and new door were faux finished in pickled oak (whitened or bleached).

New closet door

New closet door

Two additional shelves were installed at the top of the closet, and a new door curtain – with a pale café-au-lait color background matching the overall color of the wood imitation – was installed. The last touch was to hang framed prints on the door, adding to the illusion that the door was a wall. To prevent the prints from dangling, they were hung on a hook, but also firmly secured at the bottom with two tiny hinges (small braces would work as well) screwed on the frame and the door.

There is nothing like an unsightly door to destroy a décor.  At the same time, it is the easiest, and probably the cheapest thing to remedy. Doors break the continuity and harmony of walls and unless they are handsome, they should be changed or disguised. The new entrance looks sleeker and simpler, and the new wall treatment gives guests a great first impression of this cute home.

Renovated entrance

Renovated entrance

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