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    20 Aug 2015

    Secret Bookcase Door Smoking Lounge (20 Pics)

    My new built in bookcase... OR IS IT

    I built this bookcase entirely from raw materials to fit the old door opening to the coal chute room.

    This is the bookcase opening itself after clicking the hidden latch.

    Fully opened.

    The bookcase is attached to a frame of the same 3/4" poplar I made the bookcase out of.

    The door frame was tediously shimmed to be perfectly level with a laser before being screwed down securely to the wall stud with about 24 screws. The top frame was done the same way, but horizontally and to leave the correct spacing on top of the bookcase.

    The trim is simple blocky poplar again.
    This is the first view when you walk in (if someone went ahead to turn the lights on, of course.)
    Cheap vinyl highback chair that I think used to be in a salon... at least it smells like it anyways
    An electric lamp that looks like an oil lamp from my dad's basement and my prized possession: a replica of the idol from Raiders of the Lost Ark.
    This is the view from the rear left corner, you can see the room is only about 5' x 12'.  Not a lot to work with, so I went more minimal.

    Behind the blue piece of rigid insulation board is the original coal chute, that I can prop open and put a fan in the opening to ventilate the room.

    The electric fireplace can run just fake fire, or two levels of heat for space heating. It will be great in winter since it gets cold in a room with 6 sides of concrete under the front porch.
    Here are some select items I decorated with. The wooden ship I got at an estate sale on half-off day for $17, the antlers I picked up on a hike 10 or 15 years ago and never had a use for until now.

    The miscellaneous metal boxes and bowls were all from one eclectic lady's estate sale, got all of them for $1 or $2 each.
    This is the view from the front right corner, past the fireplace.

    The small desk was from my dad's basement and is a perfect resting place for my tobacciana. The lamp was a $3 find from a garage sale, thanks Andy!

    The left map is a photocopy of my neighborhood's original plot designations, since the previous owner's father sold his potato farm to develop the land. The right map is a $5 vintage map off Amazon. Looks the part!
    A cheapo metal/plastic coat rack I couldn't pass up.
    Detail view of the 1/4" plywood and pine I used to make the trim more interesting, and look better since nothing is square in the entire house!

    You can see how I did the trim in a dark brown, the walls in Oxblood, and then used antiquing glaze to age it.

    The story in my head is that it's a secret room from the turn of the century (the 1900s one) and the help weren't allowed inside to clean, so it got dirty around the ceiling where the smoke accumulated.
    My small collection of tobacciana.

    My three wooden pipes, the only one I bought new was the Churchwarden from the Petersen store in Dublin as a souvenir.

    Not pictured: my Missouri Meerschaum that I keep in my field kit.

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