Building a Victorian alcove cupboard (part 1)
If you live in an old house you’ve probably faced an alcove decision or two – what to do with those tempting spaces either side of a chimney-breast. In this particular case we had ripped out a modern floor-to-ceiling cupboard in our dining room and wanted to replace it with a Victorian-esque alternative. The general idea was a to build a cupboard at the bottom with a set of shelves on top. But Rome was’nae built in a day, so this post documents the first stage in this DIY endeavour, imaginatively entitled: The Lower Section. Here is a picture of the finished article:
But before we get into the DIY at hand, let’s check out some of the alternatives. Here are two slideshows on the subject from houzz.co.uk : 10 Fresh Ideas for Alcoves in a Period Home and 13 Smart Solutions for Styling Fireside Alcoves (use the arrows in the bottom right to flick through).
10 Fresh Ideas for Alcoves in a Period Home
13 Smart Solutions for Styling Fireside Alcoves
Ok – so floating storage boxes, wall-to-ceiling mirrors, and scaffolding boards are all well and good, but we were after something a little more traditional. Traditional and cheap. The materials for this build cost less than £50: pine strips, an mdf sheet, and some decorative moulding, plus screws, wood-glue, sandpaper and white paint. Below is a gallery of the various steps.
To see how I completed this job check out my post: Building a Victorian Alcove Cupboard (Part 2)