What would you put on this wall?

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Maybe we need a Renovation forum.

Here is the dining room, looking at the front door. Funny that the painter primed  the front door as it is being replaced. But, anyway. If I run out of money, the door will be passable.

See those pipes to the right of the door? We discovered those in a closet wall when the closet was removed. Plumber moved them over. Now they must be boxed in. I would like some kind of hall tree or seating right there next to the door. It is obvious we need a place to hang coats and we have to box in those pipes. 

Any ideas?

Notice how the pipes are bowed? He said they were fine and just moved them rather than replace them. 

The painting is almost done. Remaining walls have been patched and primed. I don't know if the painting will be done by tomorrow as was his estimate but we're nearly there. Then the flooring can go down

 

 

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Have your carpenter make a removable 3 sided chase that securely fits over the pipes but which is removable for future access.  Hang a long rectangular piece of wood with coat hooks horizontally to the wall to the right of pipes and under that have a bench built with cubbies for sliding baskets and/or boots.  Paint the whole area with the same color as the walls.  Someone can add a decorative seat cushion to the bench later.  It will serve as a mud area and provide some storage for outerware not in current use. 

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Could you just leave the pipes exposed? Why do people feel they need to be boxed in?.... just curious.....

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OnTheShore wrote:

Could you just leave the pipes exposed? Why do people feel they need to be boxed in?.... just curious.....

it was always my intention to have something there for coats. I removed a big closet and need something

when the heat is on, those pipes get really hot carrying hot water heat to the second floor ... you would not want to touch them. I can imagine a young child poking around, grabbing hold and getting hurt. 

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seashanty wrote:

it was always my intention to have something there for coats. 

What about a piece of semi built in bit of furniture, a sort of combination old fashioned hall tree/hat rack and pier mirror? Decorative, shallow so door can swing open, place to hang your coat, protects the pipes from little fingers, but mostly free standing so it could be moved if the pipes needed service. I'm too far away to offer to whip one up in the shop, but I can sketch off an idea on paper if it sounds interesting.

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   Add vents to let the heat drift out. 

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Thank you! I would love to see your idea. 

 

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seashanty wrote:

Thank you! I would love to see your idea. 

Seashanty maybe this would serve as a rough idea, this went in son's front hall several years ago. You could adjust the height, width, and depth according to your specific needs. Coat hooks are mounted vertically on the sides, my son wanted the lower front open to hold shoes, I think I would close that front with a door or make the seat so that it would lift for storage. This photo is during the construction stage, I would fill the open spaces in the upper back with mirrors. Mother had a pier mirror in my youthful days and on it the base was smaller triangle shape, more of a size to hold a plant. While this example would just sit on the floor, it would be just as easy to add a rear extension to the sides to close the area between the uprights and the wall to hide the pipes from the side as well. Paint colors, light or dark stains are all sort of options according to your individual needs. This was made from mostly standard lumber put together with Kreg screws, not complicated construction.

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OnTheShore wrote:

Could you just leave the pipes exposed? Why do people feel they need to be boxed in?.... just curious.....

Someone built chases around all of the pipes here. Our house in VT had the pipes out in the open - kept them from freezing and provided a smidge more heat in the rooms.

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can't drywall over it ... I will take better pictures. Not enough space for a mudroom. 

There are a few spaces in the house that have me thinking. It's hard to picture sometimes - with everything piled in the center of each room, drop cloths and paint cans, etc. all around.

odd that sometimes the picture is sideways and sometimes I log in and it's right side up. The pipes go from floor to ceiling.

 

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Hard to say because I can't see the whole room, but making it a mini-mud room sounds like a great idea.

If you box it in and simply paint it the same color as the wall, I think it will fade away and people will just attribute it to the quirks of an old house.  

Another solution would be to drywall over the whole wall so the wall is even and you lose about 2 or 3 inches of floor space.

I agree we should have a reno section.   We have had a very productive "construction season" this year.

Aside from the three bathrooms (have I mentioned them once or 8 times?), we got a new dishwasher, carpeted one bedroom and steamcleaned all the carpets.   Now we are repainting the hallway and regrouting the one remaining old fashioned shower.

Feeling clean and strong!!!!

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Good idea about noting that there are pipes there. No idea why the painter primed them! 

Have to be creative with how big something sticks out  as I love the way the door swings wide open instead of banging into the closet 

If i was staying here I’d paint a small but tall old church pew in an accent color or polished wood ... with under seat storage  After months of cleanup and demo, this is the fun part. 

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Whatever you decide - be sure to leave instructions for the next owners that there are pipes in the wall right there so they do not nail thru them!

Ditto when you hang your coat hooks there.

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Box the pipes and put hat hooks spaced on all sides to hang hats or add a couple coat hooks. Make the pipe enclosure your hall tree. Use a pretty wood or face it with a nice walnut or oak. Then put a seat next to it that has storage space (pick up seat to find gloves & scarves).

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