The mission: make a traditional painted fireplace wall look like one broad wall of paneling. What looks like large panels adjacent to the fireplace will conceal cabinetry and drawers. No showing hardware preferred. Inset drawers and doors would allow touch-latches, but require gaps around panels which are large. Leaning toward overlay panels, where an applied molding at edge of panel would frame a flat panel. However overlay rules out touch-latches. I’d be able to rout cove pulls into edge of applied molding, probably on an additional interior "shadow mold" piece. Any suggestions are appreciated.
(Architectural Woodworking Forum)
From contributor N:
I've done similar projects both ways, and overlays with cove pulls was not only more simple, but it yielded a cleaner finished look. Touch latches add a certain character, but I was not happy seeing even minor gaps around the panels to utilize this feature. I went with soft close hinges and slides on the overlay project, and was very happy with the end result.