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The punch list: sliding doors

I'm slowly getting caught up with everyone on my reading lists--hello, everyone!--and it's been lovely, reading what people have been thinking and doing in the last couple of months, and having some online conversations again. I'm about a third of the way through my backlog and am committed to catching up and returning to daily reading, commenting and posting this week.

The punch list on my bedroom project still has about eight items on it. I finished one of them today.

I IKEA-hacked my new headboard out of kitchen cabinets, and I had to invent a way to close them. Sliding doors seemed like the the most efficient solution.

TAP Plastics, a local store within an easy bike-ride, cut the doors to size out of extruded acrylic sheet (aka plexiglass) and drilled the finger-holes. Today I back-painted them to match the wall stencil.

The doors, stenciled on the back (the blue is a protective film on the front):
Four rectangles of plexiglass, stenciled with the birch tree design   Detail of the stencil on the plexiglass

With back-painting, the design goes on first, and the background goes on afterwards. Here's the stenciled side with its white background spray-painted on:
the four plexiglass sliding doors spray-painted white on the back side

Flip them over, remove the protective film, and voilà! Stencil-under-glass. Here are the finished doors in place:
The finished headboard doors in place, with the interference blue stencil showing through the clear surfaces
(The magenta thing is a speaker, by the way.)

The overall effect:
A view of the headboard doors against the matching stenciled wall behind

Next on the punch list: the bedroom door.

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May. 5th, 2014 06:23 am (UTC)
My goodness, that's so clever, and the finished effect is amazing! I hadn't appreciated before the depth of the headboard -- what a good idea to use cabinets so that you have (a) decent sized storage cupboards (b) a really useful shelf and (c) a means of bring the bed forward so that you don't feel as though you're sleeping in a cave.

And now: go out and enjoy spring.
May. 5th, 2014 06:34 am (UTC)
When I decided on this overall room arrangement, I realized that there would be no room for the slightest bedside table. This headboard arrangement, the only thing that would fit, turned out to be exactly the trifecta you mention--almost by accident.

I've been enjoying the spring between massive rain showers--collecting all the bits and parts for this sliding door project involved a lot of bike riding around Portland.
May. 5th, 2014 07:17 am (UTC)
are really neat!
May. 5th, 2014 11:28 am (UTC)
Re: Those
! ... down to the lovely wallpaper continued on the sliding headboard doors next to the bed!
May. 6th, 2014 04:19 am (UTC)
Re: Those
May. 6th, 2014 04:19 am (UTC)
Re: Those
Thanks! I'm finding that they are almost but not completely opaque, so that if I wanted to put small lights inside the headboard cabinets, the doors would glow a little.

I can't imagine what good that would do, but I sort of like the idea. :D
May. 6th, 2014 08:54 am (UTC)
Re: Those
It would be lovely and unique--maybe like light filtering through the woods?
May. 8th, 2014 08:34 pm (UTC)
You know, having had a few nights' sleep now in the room with the finished headboard, I can say that that's a rather good description of the effect. It turns out that my multiple-outlet adapter, which is enclosed inside the headboard, has one green LED that stays on all the time to indicate that the thing is plugged in. It's just enough light to cause a faint glow that barely shows through the sliding doors, and the effect is charming.

Mind you, I don't want a faint glow while I'm sleeping, so I'm going to put a piece of black electrician's tape over that LED, but... :D
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