Bathroom vanity

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Project by Ben Griffith posted 10-07-2008 06:09 AM 2736 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This vanity was part of a complete remodel of our upstairs bath, which has stretched on longer than I care to admit. As you can see by the hole in the wall, I’ve still got to make the matching medicine cabinet.
The vanity is made of cherry with birch plywood for the panels. The veneer on one side of the birch plywood just happened to be bookmatched so I decided to use those seams on the front panels. The top drawer is fake, which is why there’s no handle on it.
The countertop is actually made from a plain birch countertop from Ikea.
The whole thing was finished with about 5 coats of Waterlox.

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#1 posted 10-07-2008 02:11 PM

Very nice. You will have to let us know how the countertop holds up and what periodic maintenance you have to perform on it.

-- Scott in Texas

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#2 posted 10-07-2008 04:22 PM

Nice use of cherry, it will really look good after it ages.

Thanks for posting

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#3 posted 10-07-2008 05:54 PM

The book matched panels look great!

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#4 posted 10-07-2008 07:18 PM

looks good

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#5 posted 10-07-2008 10:34 PM

Nice work! Thanks for posting.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 10-07-2008 11:44 PM

is the birch stained? or did the waterlox add the color, it looks good up against the cherry like that
nice job

-- Joey, Magee, Ms

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Ben Griffith

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#7 posted 10-08-2008 03:02 AM

Thanks for the compliments everybody!

Scott: I too am curious to see how the counter holds up. I’ve read lots of good things about Waterlox on butcher block counters. Because it soaks in as opposed to actually coating the wood, I can just freshen it up by wiping on another coat as it’s needed. I think I read about people doing that once every 2-3 years for kitchen counters.

Joey: Yes, I forgot to mention that the birch (panels and counter) had Minwax cherry stain mixed into the first coat of Waterlox. However, I’m not sure it really made a lot of difference because the inside of the doors didn’t get the stain and they seem just as dark. The Waterlox alone does darken the wood somewhat.

Thanks again everyone!

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#8 posted 10-08-2008 04:08 AM

Looks great. My bathroom vanity top is a pice of oak and is about 3 years old and I noticed the other day that it is time for another coat of poly.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#9 posted 11-19-2008 11:56 AM

Looks fantastic!

-- The wood slayer - Yes dear I did plan to make more kindling out of that wood I have been drying for the last year - honest!

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#10 posted 02-01-2009 07:59 PM

looks great….good job.

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#11 posted 05-28-2011 07:04 PM

Nice looking vanity.

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#12 posted 03-16-2012 12:44 PM

simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing

-- "The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides!" --Artur Schnabel

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