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Laundry room redo - Cabinets and butcher block top

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Project by barada83 posted 02-26-2015 06:37 PM 3419 views 16 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I did a rehab of the laundry room recently. I built a simple cabinet around the stainless steel self standing sink and also made a folding top to go above the washer and dryer. It was a birch cheap butcher block from Menards that I employed a 3 step finishing process to turn into a walnut lookalike. I finished for durability, with waterbourne Polyurethane. The schedule was dying with transtint, shellac sealcoat, glaze coat and then the polyurethane finish. Project time – 30 hours.

-- Mike





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Katfan97

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#1 posted 02-26-2015 10:07 PM

How did you build the “cabinet” the washer and dryer are in? Is that a “fake cabinet” side of 1 1/2” plywood painted that the butcher block is sitting on? Or did you build a cabinet the W/D are inside? Is the Butcher Block top sitting on a ledger board? I ask only bc i’m actually getting ready to build almost this exact project!

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#2 posted 02-26-2015 10:29 PM

These are all more or less cabinets built around something, much like a refrigerator cabinet would be. I left the back open and attached the cabinets to a board attached to the wall. In my world of limited budget and limited time, details that won’t ever be missed are just not worth doing.

So the construction is simply 2 side panels, open front and open back, it’s stabilized vertically by the wall and horizontally by the sink on one side, and by some shelves on the left side that extend to the wall. I would NOT try this with stone without more support underneath, I’d hate to crack a piece that big and it would weigh a ton more. I’ve seen other designs that have a top and bottom frame but I found it to be unnecessary and cumbersome. Others have a separator panel between. I might have done that but that would have necessitated me removing the units to install which, to be honest, I was too lazy to do. The cabinet around the sink is 2 sides, also secured to the wall via plates and a faceframe. The sink is freestanding so if you open the cabinet, the legs are cut through the cabinet floor. The whole cabinet is quickly removable in case of plumbing disaster as the connections are rather hidden.

-- Mike

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#3 posted 02-26-2015 11:08 PM

Nice! Thank you. It looks great btw.

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#4 posted 02-27-2015 02:49 AM

That looks great. Welcome to LJ’s

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#5 posted 02-27-2015 01:22 PM

Thanks everyone. Made the top 3!

-- Mike

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