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with the onset of winter, major projects are on hold here (maybe I’m less hardy than Grangey!) but in the meantime I’ve been busy with some smaller ones and thought you might be interested in what I’ve been up to with the built-in cupboards between the two main bedrooms.
I find these a very nice storage solution and they have quite a bit of charm with their panelled doors. However one strange feature of them is that the area above them is totally wasted in the original design. I guess built-in furniture was cutting edge in the 1940s and having storage go right up to the ceiling was just too radical!
What I have done is prized off the plywood panel above the cupboards in the front bedroom. This exposed the unused void and also quite a mess as the softboard ceiling had collapsed in there, probably due to a leak from the water tank at some point in the past.
After replacing that part of the ceiling with plasterboard I have installed routed rails top and bottom for sliding plywood doors to make use of the previously wasted space above the cupboards.