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Armoires

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Collector Furniture with 1stdibs's Michael Bruno

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Bookcase Armoire

Steps:9
Materials
  • Paint (optional)
  • 2 bookcases with adjustable shelves
  • Rectangular piece of wood (for desk extension): the same thickness as a shelf, 1/2 inch shorter than the length of a shelf, no more than 14 inches wide
  • Rectangular piece of pegboard (the length of a shelf with a height equal to the space between the desk shelf and the shelf above)
  • Four 1-by-2-inch boards (for pegboard frame): 2 cut to the height of the pegboard and 2 cut to its length minus 3 inches
  • Hacksaw or jigsaw with a metal blade (to cut piano hinge)
  • 2 piano hinges (1 to attach bookcases and 1 to attach desk extension)
  • 5/8-inch screws (for hinges, if screws aren't included)
  • Electric drill
  • Screws that are 3/4 inch longer than the thickness of desk-side bookcase's back panel (to secure existing desk shelf and pegboard frame)
  • Lid stay or flap stay
  • Glass-bead or other molding (to secure Plexiglas), cut into strips: 5 pieces the length of a shelf, 8 pieces 2 1/2 inches long, and 2 pieces 8 1/2 inches long
  • Hand miter saw (to cut molding)
  • Hammer
  • 3-D 1-inch finish nails (to secure molding for Plexiglas)
  • 5 Plexiglas guards: 4 pieces cut 3 inches tall and to the length of a shelf and 1 piece cut 9 inches tall and to the length of a shelf
  • 3/4-inch screws (to attach pegboard to frame; for casters, if screws aren't included; and for L brackets, if using)
  • Draw-bolt latch or flush-mount lock (for armoire latch)
  • 8 casters (at least 1 inch)
  • Two 3-inch L brackets (to attach case to wall, optional)
  • Appropriate wall anchors and matching screws (for L brackets)
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Walk-By Closet

Steps:13
Don't have the space that a walk-in closet demands? Try building a walk-by. An old ladder bridges the gap between two basic shelving units and creates a homey space to hang clothes-a far cry from the typical sterile, stainless steel rod.
Materials
  • Two pieces of 2-by-four-inch wood
  • Leveler
  • Screwdriver
  • Sander
  • Wool felt
  • Needle and thread
  • 1/2-inch dowels
  • Adhesive velcro
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