I'm designing a tub surround for a whirlpool tub in a small bathroom.
I'm using a nice tile at the top and wainscoating down to the floor
(I'm using a marine paint and anti-mold primer).
I would like to use the void between the surround and the tub for
storage - shamppos, etc. I thought about doors with frames but any
design I come up with looks wierd.
I thought about maintaining the continuity of the beadboard using a
Is there a practival way to do this?
Thanks for the reply. I like the idea of using hinges as opposed to
latches. I'm going to google around because as I look at the barrel
hinges and the latch, I'm not entirely clear how they are installed.
The other concern that I have is how to cut the beadboard as to make
the doors look like they are not there.
I can't take credit for this, but the contractor that installed our
whirlpool basically built a face frame around the sides of the tub, then
used cabinet doors that aren't hinged, but attahced via little snap-in
gizmos (technical term) located in the center of each side. If you're
interested, I'll take a few photos and post them in a.b.p.w. tomorrow..
I rip off the back edge of the groove on one piece and that becomes the
outboard edge of the door. It closes over the tongue of the piece
mounted permanently making a more or less seamless joint in appearance.
If the door is a hopper, which would be the most convenient for
accessing the bottles while in the tub, reverse the direction of the
beadboard pieces in the middle of the door and use a spline to tie them
together. Then you have a ripped piece on each side as described
The hinge side is dependent on what type of hinges you want to use and
the thickness of the facing boards and backer board, if any. A piano
hinge would replace one of the beads and is not very noticeable, but it
is not invisible. Soss hinges or barrel hinges would come closer to
the invisible intention.
A hopper door is a neat idea for towels in our case. We have two
young kids we are so tired that we feel if we drank any wine that'd be
it out like a light. I installed this tub for my wife. I spent the
last two and a half years putting a workshop together and I build in 15
to 20 min intervals. This is my second project so I am really looking
forward to it. We have a small house and we want to take advantage of
the large space in front of the tub.
I think we are going to try a barrel hinge (a post above suggested).
I'm going to learn how to use this hinge.
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