When Johané and Allister Neilson moved into their new home in Durbanville, they decided to convert an unused outside loo into a small wine cellar. “The room, which opens into the study, is wonderfully cool and perfect for storing wine, but it’s tiny. To make maximum use of wall space, our builder made the door opening fairly narrow, with just enough room for a sliding door,” says Johané, Home’s food editor. “Instead of a conventional door, I first looked at installing a decorative laser-cut screen to complement the adjacent wall of artworks but it would have been quite costly. Luckily, Allister saw a door with shallow shelves on Pinterest and was inspired to build something similar. It not only provides extra storage for my cookbook collection, but it also looks beautiful!”
Allister designed the sliding door-cum-shelf and The Board Store pre-cut the timber for him; the assembly afterwards was just a matter of gluing and screwing. The shelves, made of 18mm shutterply, were given two coats of white primer to allow the wood grain to show through slightly. Allister made the sliding track from stainless steel.
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