Bathroom Projects (Floating Shelves and Medicine Cabinet)

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Project by jayman7 posted 05-13-2010 05:24 AM 9182 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I renovated my bathroom and I took the opportunity to make a couple custom fixtures for it.

Floating Shelves:
Since the studs were in non-ideal areas (and I wasn’t about to attach them to drywall alone), I decided to attach the shelves to pieces of plywood that span the studs, and attach those to the studs instead. I used wooden plugs to cover the screw holes. The floating shelf itself is a torsion box design to be strong yet lightweight. I lag bolted, screwed, and epoxied them to the plywood backer. It’s extremely strong and rigid when it was finally attached to the wall.

Medicine Cabinet:
I wanted an open shelving unit with adjustable shelves so I did just that. Nothing special except that I wanted to try my hand at making lap joints for the face frame.

A light washcoat of shellac, followed by GF dark brown dye, followed by GF java gel stain, followed by a sealer coat of shellac, followed by a few coats of GF arm-r-seal. The goal was to match the espresso finish in the vanity I bought from Lowes and I think I worked well. Since the stain obscured the grain a lot, I basically used a combination of scraps I had (poplar, cherry ply, birch ply) and it all turned out pretty much the same color in the end.

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#1 posted 05-13-2010 08:09 AM

That looks awesome! I’ve been planning to make the exact same medicine cabinet as part of our bathroom reno coming up and it’s really nice to be able to see what I was envisioning! If I can execute it half as well as you have I’ll be really pleased.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#2 posted 05-13-2010 03:51 PM

I like the floating shelves. Very modern look.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#3 posted 05-13-2010 03:56 PM

Nice work!

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#4 posted 05-13-2010 04:32 PM

great work looks real nice

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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