2013 reader remodel contest master suite winner in attic after homeowner-made sliding barn-style doors hide walk-in closet
Photo: Eric Roth
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Best Master Suite Redo: Hand-Hammered Details

As proud as I am of all of the carpentry, though, the pine floors stand out as the heart and soul of the entire suite. We ran each board through my planer to strip the surface with minimal dust. We were tempted to reinstall them with a nail gun, but we knew we'd never match the look of the original iron square nails, which were hand-forged by a blacksmith more than 100 years ago. So we hammered each of the 878 nails flat on my workbench and used them to fasten the pine planks over the new subfloor before staining and finishing them.

Shown: Edward made barn-style sliding doors to close off the walk-in closet.
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