Inside the closet looking out into the bedroom.


I learned an important lesson when remodeling our home in San Jose, chicks love closets. I think it's like their shop.

Cheapest room in the house to build, low utility cost, no maintainance. I love adding large closets. Small house means losing the space you don't use, not making everything smaller.

For the bedroom closet we converted a small bedroom. The original closet was 12 sq ft, this one is 59 sq ft. Not overly large by today's standards, but a good size for us.

Cubbies. The wires are the hub for all CAT-5 and coax cable.


Woods: Brazilian Cherry (Jatoba), Hickory flooring, 1/4" Red Oak plywood.

I think this closet most clearly demonstrates how Feydeau flips standard home design. The public face is modest. Parts seen only by the owners have been given the most attention. I get such a kick everytime I go into the closet.

Finish is clear and amber shellacs.


Once again, hammered copper straps. These are functional, holding cabinet sections together. I had to built the cabinets in sections to accommodate short flooring pieces.

Surprising how much wood went into this closet. I had a pile of solid hardwood flooring I never thought I'd use and this project ate it all up.

Clothes Bar

Clothes bars are 1" square steel tube. These are pickets cut out of the gate I used in the secret door bookcase. Handled a clear span of 63" fully loaded no problem.

I removed the black paint from the steel. I prefer a rust patina develop over time. Appling oil occasionally will cause the rust to become a nice black rust proofing. However, rust may never form.

Mounting the Bars

Normally in older homes the clothes bar is hung by nailing a horizontal piece of wood to the wall catching 2 or more studs. In some newer homes they mount a bracket with drywall anchors. The bar forces the bracket against the wall and the drywall only has to resist the downward stress on the anchors which it can handle for a long time.

I didn't have any hardwood that I considered wide enough for the traditional mounting method. I could have glued some together but I took it as another chance to rethink the design. The result was this upside down "V" which mirrors the look of hangers. I also think the shape invokes strength mainly because it is very strong.

The two small dark wood bits on top of the bar at the apex can be turned to release the bar. The vertical peice of dark wood supports the front edge of the shelf above, probably not needed.


I purcahsed the overhead pot metal light fixture from Zinnias at Melrose for $12. I stripped and painted it in a style I learned from the creator of This Old Crack House.

No shade for maximum light. The neck on a CFL bulb wasn't long eough.

Antique light

Some antique lights were painted with an air brush effect.