Vanity and Mirror for a Bathroom Makeover

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Project by Michael23 posted 994 days ago 1712 views 13 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wanted a bathroom makeover so she took care of the tilework and I built her this vanity and mirror. Both are solid cherry. The vanity accent is maple with amber shellac.

This was my first attempt at cabinetry. It was also my first attempt at a new finishing technique that I had read about. Intead of using commercial oil based stain I first dyed the cherry with a water based dye to bring all of the vaious tones in the cherry to a more homogenous tone with out diminishing the grain pattern. The I used a reddish dye to give a traditional cherry red undertone. Then I sealed the dyed wood with clear shellac. Once the shellac was dry and lightly sanded I rubbed on my own gel stain made from artist oil color (van dyke brown) and liquin oil colors medium. Once dry I finished it using an HVLP sprayer with M.L. Cambell Krystal (satin) post-catalyzed conversion varnish. This stuff produces an unbelievable finsh. Better then a factory finish in my opinion.

I used Waterlox on the cherry countertop. I was worried about water damage. I highly reccommend Waterlox also for surfaces exposed to water. My wife currently has me working on a kitchen cabinet mission using the same finishing process (different color).

Thanks for looking.

-- Mike Sparks - Dear God, Please help me to become the person my dog thinks I am.

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#1 posted 994 days ago

Nice job! It’s a great blend of traditional with modern (vessel sink, wall-mounted faucet). The finish came out great.

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

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#2 posted 994 days ago


Nice work and I’m sure your wife is happy with the new bathroom.

-- Michael A. Norman

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#3 posted 994 days ago

A stunning upgrade! The colors turned out great. Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 994 days ago

Project looks awesome! Did you use plans or did you design this yourself? Either way, looks great, my wife has some new found ideas…

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#5 posted 994 days ago

That is a beautiful cabinet. The inlay in the top really stands out. Well done!

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#6 posted 994 days ago

i love the golden “banding” around the sink…and the mirror cabinet is great…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 994 days ago

Now this is the way to showcase your SKILLS man…nice work…BC

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#8 posted 994 days ago

Beautiful Vanity.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#9 posted 994 days ago

Great work on the remodel.

The Vanity is nice. Thanks for sharing detail about your finish.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 994 days ago

Great work! I love the color. I made a Entertainment Center that has a similar color with dye stains. I used 7 parts orange and 4 parts Med Brown. Great inlay work as well.

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

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#11 posted 994 days ago

Nice! I like the two-level countertop. Work and finish is outstanding!

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#13 posted 994 days ago

Wow. Beautiful work. I’m with Napaman, I really like the maple accent around the sink. The more I stare at it the more I think ithat t kicks the piece up to a whole new level.

-- If it is to be, it's up to me

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#14 posted 993 days ago

Thank you everyone for the compliments.

To answer NittanyLion’s question, I drew up the plans myself based on my wife’s ideas. She watches all those home shows and never runs out of ideas.

-- Mike Sparks - Dear God, Please help me to become the person my dog thinks I am.

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#15 posted 993 days ago

Nice Work! Very well executed; compliments the tile work too…

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