The Murphy Door

What better way to utilize space and add some character to your home than with an easy-to-install door? The Murphy Door, also referred to as “the amazing bi-fold Hide-A-Door” or the bookshelf closet door, does just that.

The Murphy Door is essentially a set of bookshelves with unique hardware that turns them into a closet door. The outside of the door looks like a regular bookshelf, but with a simple tug on the center columns, it glides open to reveal a hidden room or closet.

The Murphy Door is easily customizable. You can choose from MDF (usually in black or white) or popular wood types (such as oak or maple) so your door will match the style and look of your home. The universal hardware fits 4’, 5’ and 6’ doors, and you can choose the door opening width of your choice.

The door is also very versatile. It adds function and style to any room in your home, including your bedroom, family room, a guest room, your home office or even in your kitchen as a way to hide your pantry. It also can hide unattractive rooms like the laundry room or a cluttered closet. It turns old or boring closet doors into an exciting place to display and store whatever you desire- books, collectibles, home goods or pantry items. The innovative and quality construction of these doors allows them to easily hold over 300 pounds. When the doors open, nothing will fall off of the shelves due to the unique hardware.

The Murphy Door bookshelf kit comes with everything you need to assemble your own hidden door- including the hardware, parts and pieces for the valance. The common tools that are required for the installation are a hammer, finish nails or brad nailer, a hack saw, a drill or screwdriver, a tape measure and a level. For a semi-skilled carpenter, the process will take about 1 ½ to 2 hours, while for a novice it may take around 3. Instructions with 3D drawings make this door easy to install.

 

Blacksmith Dan Nauman

It is rare to find someone these days who is as dedicated and passionate about their craft as Dan Nauman is. Master blacksmith Dan Nauman practices his work at Bighorn Forge- his shop that is located in Kewaskum, Wisconsin. Nauman began forging in 1979 and has since opened up other shops and become a full-time forger. He has taught, demonstrated and lectured about forging at a variety of institutions and locations across the country, sharing his wealth of knowledge and exceptional work of his craft with others. You can sign up for a forging workshop or blacksmith class here.

Nauman designs and makes a variety of work, including door hardware (handles, hinges, latches, door knockers), fences, railings, gates, fireplace tools, lighting (chandeliers, candelabras and wall sconces), sculptures and window hardware (curtain rods, grilles and false balconies). His variety of work can be seen in homes, businesses and institutions alike.

His work varies widely, but always features the highest of quality and most imaginative of details. His works often feature flowing forms, different types of metal and intricate designs. He is often inspired by the natural world and the teachings of Jesus Christ. He takes materials most people would consider to be junk or antiques and uses them as tools to create beautiful art. His methods are based on controlled use of the hammer, using accepted forging discipline.

Nauman has won two international awards for his design and workmanship from the “National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association” (NOMMA) for a chandelier made for the “Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion” in Milwaukee, WI, and for a sculptural gate made for a private party residing in Port Washington, WI. He has also received two grants to study and promote famed metal master Cyril Colnik’s work through a video documentary. Later on, he had the opportunity to redesign the Cyril Colnik galleries at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum.

CS Hardware is excited to feature some of Nauman’s beautiful work on the hand forged iron pieces on their rolling barn door. You can purchase these indoor rolling doors at CS Hardware’s website and see the different roller strap styles he created. To learn more about Nauman, you can visit his website or blog.

The Best Home Remodeling & Improvement Blogs

Over the years, the internet has changed the way home remodeling works. There are so many more resources available for homeowners, contractors and interior decorators than ever before. In addition to using Pinterest or iPhone apps for your home remodel, there are also a large variety of blogs out there. Here are a few blogs you should be reading for inspiration, tutorials and resources when remodeling your home.

Remodelaholic (http://www.remodelaholic.com) – One of the most popular remodeling blogs out there, Remodelaholic is written and run by a couple who love everything and anything DIY. Not only do they produce high-quality content, but they also take user submissions as well. Over the span of the blog, they have successfully remodeled three separate houses, sharing their ups and downs along the way.

Apartment Therapy (http://www.apartmenttherapy.com) – Their motto is, “Saving the world, one room at a time”, and they do just that. Apartment Therapy sets out to “help people make their homes more beautiful, organized and healthy by connecting them to a wealth of resources, ideas and community online”. This blog is known for its beautiful images and wide variety of topics (including everything from outdoors to style).

Ikea Hackers (http://www.ikeahackers.net) – This blog features tutorials of how to modify and repurpose Ikea products. The blog takes reader submissions and always has original content due to the popularity of Ikea furniture. This is a great space for creative people to come together and share their ideas and get inspiration for their own furniture remodel.

Young House Love (http://www.younghouselove.com) – Another reader favorite, this blog focuses on a couple’s journey of remodeling their first home together. Complete with DIYs, personal stories and plenty of before-and-after shots, this blog is full of useful resources and inspiration for any home remodel on a budget.

Charles and Hudson (http://charlesandhudson.com) – Charles and Hudson features articles that focus on the quality, design and innovation in the world of home improvement. The blog’s popular categories include DIY, design, tools and outdoor articles. If you’re looking for something that focuses less on the interior design and more on the construction, this is the blog for you.

Spruce Up Your Cabinets with Decorative Hardware

One way to easily improve the overall aesthetic of your home is by adding decorative hardware to your cabinets. Popular hardware decorations include pulls, knobs, and handles. Choosing the right type of cabinet hardware will draw attention to the cabinets and enhance the beauty of your room. Here are a few ideas for adding new hardware to your cabinets.

plain cabinet knob

Match your hardware to your existing décor. If you have a stainless steel sink, choose matching cabinet pulls to pull the room together. Keeping similar colors and materials together in the same room provides a pulled-together and classic look. The finishes of the hardware is also something to take into consideration. Match your cabinet hardware finish with that of your kitchen. Popular finishes include stainless and brushed metal, a matte finish, an antique look or textural designs.

kitchen cabinet knob

Keep it simple if you want your cabinets to blend in. If you want another item in your kitchen to stand out, keeping your pulls and knobs simple will do the trick. Choosing colors and materials that are simple and match closely to the color of the cabinets themselves won’t take the attention away from other areas in the room.

funky knobs

Add funky hardware to spice things up. Drawer pulls come in a variety of shapes and sizes other than the standard circular knob. Try whimsical pulls shaped like animals, food or everyday objects. Other options include knobs and pulls that are made from recycled materials, such as glass or rocks. To completely change the look of your cabinets, change the size of the hardware. Larger pulls can even out the kitchen’s proportions, while smaller pulls may make the cabinets look larger.