Make a Hidden Storage Closet
Add a hidden storage closet by cutting a slanted door into a stairwell. Camouflage it by painting broad stripes across the entire wall. Trick the eye further by adding a strip of matching baseboard to the bottom of the door.
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Using a stud finder, locate studs in area where you wish to place the door. It will save you time and trouble if you can put your door between the studs.
Measure and cut drywall
Draw level lines vertically on the studs you wish to cut (MDF is heavy so you may want to keep the door under two feet wide), then measure down from the stairs 12". Draw a line parallel to the stairs connecting the two lines. Cut along lines with a drywall saw and remove drywall.
Cut and remove studs
Remove any studs in the opening, and the bottom plate, using a reciprocating saw.
Make and install jamb
Measure the sides and angled top of the opening and cut 1 x 6 pine to make the jamb. Install the jamb flush with the drywall using 1 1/2" wood screws.
Measure for door
To make the door, measure the inside of the opening and cut a piece of 3/4" MDF to fit, leaving 1/8" on the sides and the top, and 1/2" on the bottom.
Fill, sand, prime and paint
Fill the crack between the 1 x 6 and the drywall with joint compound and sand until it becomes invisible. Sand, prime and base coat wall, opening and door.
Using a 1-3/8" Forstner bit, drill three equally spaced holes on the back face of the long side of the door. Install flush mount hinges.
Hold the door with the hinges in place on the jamb and screw to the jamb using 1 1/2" #6 wood screws. Then install magnetic stops from door to jamb.
Reinstall baseboard on wall and install a piece on the door. You may need to rip a little off the bottom of the baseboard on the door to allow it to swing freely.
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Skill Level: Intermediate
Time: 2 days
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