Who doesn’t love the idea of a secret space that only you know about? I’m fascinated by images of rooms hidden behind the book shelf that only open with the perfect key stroke of the piano, or a small crawl space that opens into a hidden refuge.
[3 panel image of the mirror closed, open and second door open from the same angle]
Secret rooms are a bit difficult in a space smaller than 700sqft, but the idea lived on in my head. When I saw an image online of an ornate mirror on a hinge (houzz.com is high on my list of regularly visited websites) I was inspired to take on another project. Taylor was leaving on a weekend trip in about 5 weeks, so I took that opportunity make it a surprise. After a weekend of hard work I got the cabinet boxed out and the mirror re-mounted on the wall. Taylor was home for 5 hours before I got home from work and didn’t notice any difference, success!
She was confused when I told her I made her something and it was in the mirror. This happened to be around valentines day so I added the rose as well.
It took a few more weeks of working on and off to finish up the project. The final result is a well hidden space for keeping necklaces, bracelets, heals and a collection of odds and ends. We not only got an interesting conversation piece, but we also eked out just a bit more valuable storage space!
What I'd do different next time
This was my first attempt at creating a fully boxed cabinet with shelves. I will say it was not my best craftsmanship, but I’m happy with the result considering the limited tools I have access to. Someday I would like to learn real techniques for cabinetry - probably once we leave NYC and I can have a workshop.
One really good option, that I didn't consider until after I was done, would have been to have the boxed out cabinet made custom by a cabinet maker then add the details from there. Working for a level and square box would have made the shelving and secondary door easier.
I'm not too concerned about the exposed screws and L brackets holding up the shelves.
Do you have any ideas about a secret space? Maybe you are thinking about doing something interesting in your home and want to share to get more ideas, or maybe you've already completed something!