Has anyone ever done this and lived to tell a happy tale? ...
I live in an apartment and want to open up a wall separating my kitchen from the dining area. There is already a pass-through. I want to remove the drywall to the right of it and install shelving units between the studs and attach doors on both sides of the wall for access from the kitchen and dining area. From the ceiling down across the length of the wall above the pass-through I want to remove the drywall and install patterned glass panels to allow more light to enter the kitchen. I would buy the doors and glass panels and make the shelving (which would be painted on the outside to match the walls). There is an electrical outlet box that would have to be relocated about eight inches to the left and may or may not have to cross a stud.
Before I start taking down the dry-wall... Is this an idiotic plan or not? What kinds of "gotchas" could I expect once I start making a mess? What's the best wood to use for the shelving and how should it be finished inside and out (I haven't done well painting unfinished wood before -- the result was never durable enough).
Thanks in advance for any advice... -Gene