Rustic Vanity #6: Turn It Over

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Blog entry by dennis mitchell posted 03-03-2007 02:53 AM 2386 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Got on the ball today! Unloaded a load of lumber. Started getting reset up with my hardware supplier. Finished the vanity. I was afraid Dusty was going to get his whole house built before I finished my 2 little cabinets.
My vanity was styled to match the wall behind the tub. This wall was partly inspired by a lumberjocks project by Garry “Just a plane window treatment.” I was also inspired by all you other jocks to work to a higher standard. It had been years since I had my chisels out.

Today I found my humility plumbing. This little sink is a heavy sucker! I think I had to do every phase two to three times just to work out the bugs. I had the sink on and off the cabinet 3 times before I got it set. Every little thing. White plastic pipes 1/124 of just so I had to sand them down to get them to fit. My heart breaking moment came when I went to install the faucet and it bumped into the bottom of the medicine chest.

I had a buddy drive out just to help with the sink and at this point we just stopped for coffee. This is what saved me. Normally I would have been off to fix fix fix the problem. After my buddy left I got to looking. (at this point I was waiting for another appointment to show up so I could not just run off) I could just turn the whole thing over! That is what I was taught to do. Just turn my problems over to my higher power. Who would have thought it would be so simple.

Sometime soon I’ll get them posted as a project. I’m pleased with my whole bath set up. $100.00 for the sink and tub probably another $500.00 in $1.99 parts and gas running to the hardware store. I enjoyed sharing it with you…Thanks Dennis

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#1 posted 03-03-2007 03:57 AM

this is so beautiful.
I SO love your work!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 03-03-2007 06:04 AM

Very nice…. with all the rustic projects lately I feel like I’m about to enter a rustic phase myself!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#3 posted 03-03-2007 06:07 AM

Are you going to be able to turn all of this off when we start up the Woodworking Tour?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 03-03-2007 06:53 AM

I bet Dennis is soaking in the tub, right now!

If that’s an old sink, it sure looks good, so nice, & white. Beautiful cabinets.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 03-03-2007 11:55 AM

Hi Dennis;
—-yes, I think this bath project has come out very nice in-deed!

I’m going to be doing our bathroom over, this spring and I’m really glad to see the trio of tub, sink and toilet set that you have used here. Problem is in my ramblings and rootings around I have not been able to find a sink yet, like the one you have there, as most are in bad shape due to chipped porcelain and such. I also must admit that I’m kinda’ cheap when it comes to buying old and used. And so I keep on looking for a house project where the owners want new.

That sink for $100.00 is a good deal. Did the hardware come with it also? The vanity (how about ‘rustic vanity’) also looks great! HA! I would add that rustic seems to run through your mind seeing also, but then last time I made mention of that, well…..
Thanks for sharing this story!

-- --frank, NH,

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#6 posted 03-03-2007 06:13 PM

Frank the sink was free. I paid $100.00 for the tub. My mind does tend to the rusty side.

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#7 posted 03-04-2007 06:08 AM

this is beautiful Dennis. Can you shoot a closer detail of your carving above the mirror? Also, what type of finish do you use for the sink base?

I too can’t figure out how Dusty gets so much done. He makes me tired just thinking about how much work he can get done.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#8 posted 03-04-2007 06:30 AM

I used convertion varnish on this project because of the amount of wear and tear this will get.

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#9 posted 03-04-2007 06:33 AM

such beautiful detail to counterpoint the rusticity (to perhaps coin a word, and sound a little hoity-toitey)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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