A little imagination required for a diy job

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  1. soupdragon

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    I'm a bit stumped as to how to finish a diy fitted wardrobe. I basically took 6 ikea wardrobe carcasses, did a bit of chopping and got as far as you can see in the pictures. The sloping ceiling made the job quite difficult and in hindsight, I should have got a pro in.

    Panoramic pic of its current status (excuse the mess!)

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    To give a bit of a finish, I need a top border to run along the top edge along all of the wardrobes.

    You can see below where I put a little border to start with but I don't think that'll work...

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    Other side and as you can see, tricky angles to work with due to sloped ceiling.

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    It's getting on 2 years now so the missus wants it finished. Problem is, I really don't know how....help me please! :)
     
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    Can you not pin some thin skirting board as a border?
     
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    Not a bad idea actually...that could work, just a simple tapered shape. Getting a colour match might be difficult though, or maybe I should go with a contrasting colour.
     
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    Possibly paint it the same colour as the ceiling to avoid having to match the wood.

    Matt White would probably not draw the eye too much.
     
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    Can't you hide everything behind floor to ceiling doors? Cut to size
     
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    That could work actually, especially as all our doors are oak coloured too, with white architrave.

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    If I get the same sort of shape, maybe a 4 inch version, it might tie in together quite well :)
     
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    Go for it buddy, think we have a plan [emoji1]
     
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    I think I will you know, good idea so thanks for that :cool:
     
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    Women! If we say we are going to do something, we will. There's no need to hassle us about it every 2 years.

    Only thing I could add is, rather then a slim finisher, you could go the other way, build a plinth all the way round about 5 or 6" deep and install lights behind so it lights up the wardrobes.
     
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    Like your architrave - very modern. Did you buy it or make it?
     
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    I do like the idea of lighting, and actually considered lower plinth lights while I was putting it all together. The middle section is actually a dresser and although you probably can't see, there are 3 motion sensing LED strips which light up and with spotlights in the ceiling, I think I'll need to keep the rest simple. To be fair, if I went with more lighting, it would probably take me another 2 years :)


    We built the house June '14 and just specced the builder to install oak doors with white surrounds, with plain bevelled edge skirting. The actual overall bits n bobs he used for the door framing kit was something he chose himself.
     
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    Sorry, only just seen this post. We did consider doors but the missus preferred open style.
     
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    Sorry, I've just realised it's a walk-in wardrobe area
     
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    So anyway, big thanks to hort for the white skirting idea, that's exactly what I've done.

    I'm half way through now so a quick update (In hindsight, this thread probably should have went in the diy thread that already exists, maybe a mod can merge?)

    I went with 69mm skirting, a chamfered edge like my existing skirting and it's already primed so just needs a lick of paint. The local diy place cut my boards to size for me and all in, was only 20 quid for the wood so a very cheap upgrade.

    As you can see, I decided to do both the top and bottom as I felt that would give a better overall finish, more tied in looking.

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    Only problem was the board height, 69mm is too short at bottom, but next size up, 94mm was too tall. I went with 69mm and will pin it on as fortunately, the deep pile carpet will hide the height discrepancy.

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    Just need to paint it now, plus use a bit of filler for the joins. I give myself about 6/10 for my joinery skills here but hoping the paint and filler will hide my sins :)

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    Canny stuff , caulk the gaps though , don't use filler ;)
     
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    Perfect solution
     
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    Absolutely, got some decorators caulk, which is easy enough to work with. Just waiting for it to dry now and then just a final paint touch up :)
     
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    I'm very happy with it so a big thanks to hort for the suggestion :)
     
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    Call me Dan [emoji1]

    Looks fantastic, so different now. Very impressed.

    Look forward to seeing completed pics.

    And as somebody said, use decorators caulk rather than filler.
     
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    Love your doors and architrave, currently building a house, did you buy finished doors ? And was the architrave painted afterwards, lovely clean look.
     
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    Yes, the door were prefenished like the picture and architrave way painted. The joiner and following painter were both excellent, makes a world of difference when the finishing is pretty much flawless right throughout the house. I made sure to get the tradesmen a few boxes of beer when they were done :)
     
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    Thanks, im thinking of getting a carpenter to fit all doors rather than a general builder 16 or so doors i know,its now going to cost me a fortune in solid oak!!!!!
     

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