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  1. Jack B.

    It’s amazing what one can do with a little imagination. Looks great! But if you would still like more shelf space for bottles, jars, toilet paper, etc., look inside the wall. I think you said in a previous post that you are renting but landlords are often receptive to structural alterations if you show where they will be done properly and enhance a home’s value. The “inside the wall” I’m talking about could be done inexpensively and without much difficulty if someone has basic carpentry skills such as your husband seems to have. Locate a couple of upright studs in a suitable location above the tile with the help of a cheap studfinder. and remove the wallboard or plaster (and insulation) between them, up to the height you prefer, with an appropriate utility knife. You’ll find there is a depth of around 4 inches to the wall of the adjoining room (probably 3 and 1/2 inches in width of the stud and 1/2 inch of wallboard removed). Since vertical studs are normally set every 16 inches (center to center) this should give you about 14 and 1/2 inches of space between studs. Then simply install 1×4 crosspieces at the top and bottom of the opening and additional 1×4 shelves at random distances from top to bottom. Install mitered door/window mould on the outside of your opening. If a wider opening is desired, locate 3 studs and remove the portion of the middle stud where you want your opening. This won’t compromise the structure of the wall, especially if you use the removed piece as crosspieces at the top and bottom of the opening. In using the wider opening you would have room to spare, allowing you to box in (preferably with screws) all the way around the inside of your opening with a 1×4 framework. This eliminates the cut edge of the wallboard from showing. To allow for maximum depth, use a one-eighth inch Masonite (maybe white) wallboard on the back of your 1×4 framework prior to installing it. The wall covering in the adjoining room would have to serve as your backboard if you choose to limit yourself to the 14 and 1/2 inch opening. Also, the neatest way to install your shelves would be to use the type shelf brackets you might see under the shelves in an entertainment center cabinet. Drill the appropriate-size holes in your 1×4 framework and push the brackets in them. Paint or paper the inside of your new cabinet as you see fit.

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