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transforming coat closet into wet bar
phipper

We have a modest cape in Southern Maine. It had a galley style kitchen that has since been converted into a hallway into the kitchen addition which runs along the back of the home. What was once counter space and cabinets along one side of the galley is now a large 2 sliding door pantry and modest coat closet. The other side of the galley is an old kitchen counter, cabinets beneath with a wine rack above, suspended from a valence; right in teh middle of the living room. Not so nice.

The plan is to pull out the cabinets and wine rack to open this up to the living room. Against the other wall, where the 2, sliding door pantry and small, bi-fold door coat closet sits, is to tear all out to the back of the closets. Then reframe 3, roughly equal size doors. The first door would swing open to access a pantry. The second door would become a small wet bar and the 3rd would remain a coat closet. Pantry smaller, coat closet larger and bar in the middle. Now the trick and need for advice. . .

I would like the middle door for the wet bar, next to pantry door to swing open from the middle (two pulls offsetting) one pantry, one bar. The plan is to have the bar door swing open, left to right and then push back into the right side, into the closet and out of sight, effectively opening the bar to back adn forth traffic. Small sink and counter top above, wine/beer fridge, storage with cabinet above. Maybe even a spirits rack on back of door that when slid into pocket would provide additional storage, with mirror above to give appearance of size. What do you call this type of door and/or hardware? I've seen this in a smaller version on media cabinets where you open the door to expose a television and the door slides back into the side of the cabinet. Why not do this with a door? Is this doable? Why, why not? Anybody done this successfully or otherwise. Care to share pictures or experiences? Li'l help!

- Bill

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