My new built in bookcase... OR IS IT
This is the bookcase opening itself after clicking the hidden latch.
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.
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.
The miscellaneous metal boxes and bowls were all from one eclectic lady's estate sale, got all of them for $1 or $2 each.
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!
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.
Not pictured: my Missouri Meerschaum that I keep in my field kit.