When we renovated our den, we discovered that the water main for the house sat behind wood paneling that the previous owners had cut and reattached whenever access to it was needed. Since we were drywalling the whole room, we figured that we’d just tack up a door in the space when the time came.
The problem we encountered when the time came was that a plain Jane door was inevitably going to look out of place, particularly in a room that we’d just
immaculately designed put so much effort into beautifying. Then inspiration struck. Blogs across the Internet sang praises of faux wainscoting. Our old apartment had faux wainscoting. Little square doors look a lot like faux wainscoting. Maybe this was the solution. Scott whipped out his mathematics prowess (and a miter saw) and got to work framing out the door.
We used a combination of adhesive and finishing nails to hold the squares in place and – trust me – they aren’t going anywhere. Scott filled the gaps with DAP caulk and it was time for me to inherit the wall for priming and painting.
Also pretty darn gorgeous. I would encourage anyone with a similar dilemma to think outside the box (no pun intended) and incorporate some kind of design element to spruce up an otherwise boring solution. Not only do we have a beautiful wall, but it’s also a great foyer space for the backyard entrance. I already have visions of an upholstered bench to round out the space.