Bathroom Vanity

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Project by Andy Hauman posted 09-03-2016 01:34 AM 553 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I spent all summer remodeling my bathroom. The cabinet is the original cabinet. At some point in the House’s history somebody thought it would be a grand idea to paint that beautiful redwood. I stripped it off and meticulously sanded the nooks and crannies. Refinishing is now very low on my list of desirable projects.

My wife originally wanted a stone vanity top, but the estimate came in so high that it was laughable. Instead, she let me make the top out of hickory wood. I found a beautifully figured piece and finished it with Helmsman Spar. Choosing the finish was difficult, but I wanted something predictable and figured if it didn’t hold up well I could just redo it in a few years. I originally wanted to use a round-over bit on the edge, but on my first pass it looked so hideous I decided on a slight chamfer. Now it looks just right.

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#1 posted 09-03-2016 01:53 AM

Nice looking top. Just what a woodworking needs in their bathroom

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 09-03-2016 02:00 AM

heh, looks real close to what I’m doing with my new bthroom

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#3 posted 09-03-2016 03:12 AM

Turned out nice. Waterlox is another good finish choice.

-- Every project is an opportunity to acquire new tools and any solution that requires buying a new tool is the correct one.

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#4 posted 09-03-2016 01:21 PM

Great job saving that cabinet. I have no desire to strip paint off of anything ever again, I commend your perseverance. I like the top and added space with the shelf over the toilet tank, but then I wondered. Is there enough room to work in that tank when something needs to be replaced? I would hate to have to remove the vanity to fix a leaky flapper, o-ring, etc.

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#5 posted 09-03-2016 09:48 PM

Does the countertop limit access to the toilet tank making it harder to do repairs?

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#6 posted 09-04-2016 02:33 AM

Nice looking vanity.


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#7 posted 09-04-2016 02:56 AM

looks 100 times better then painted wood …..... love the custom top also ….......GREAT JOB


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#8 posted 09-04-2016 01:27 PM

The picture might be deceptive. There is enough space to remove the tank lid and do basic adjustments and repairs. If a major part needed to be replaced I could remove the entire tank. It separates from the rest of the toilet.

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#9 posted 09-06-2016 03:12 AM

20 years ago I finished my bathroom at the lake using Purple Heart. Turned out great, lasted till I moved

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#10 posted 09-07-2016 02:53 AM

Nice job!

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#11 posted 09-07-2016 07:11 PM

great job sure beats cultured marble you see in a lot of bathrooms,and granite and marble have been done to death.perfect choice.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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