Bathroom vanity - before and after

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Project by Carey Mitchell posted 04-16-2013 08:10 PM 1662 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bathroom vanity was made from a modified antique mahogany dresser made in England around the turn of the last century. The bottom photos show it in the antique shop.

This 8’ long monster took a lot of doing, including modifying the second drawers from the top to accommodate the plumbing while preserving most of the drawer capacity.

Another challenge came when spraying the first of the 3 coats of 1/2 semi-gloss, 1/2 satin lacquer. I got fish-eyes, caused by silicone left from furniture polishes. The cure came from an auto paint shop, who sold me fish-eye eliminator that they use – it turns the entire surface into a giant fish eye. (if you ever need to do this, 1 drop is all it takes)

One commenter asked about removing the finish – I had forgotten what an incredible pain it was. There was the dark varnish, with a red dye underneath, especially on the face frame and non-veneered parts. I did not like the reddish tint it would have left under the lighter stain I used, so it had to go. Took 3 evenings of alcohol-soaked paper towels absorbing the red, but slowly it came out.

Had also forgotten how heavy this thing is; made a dolly with 2×4’s to move it in and out of the garage while using the strippers and alcohol, and then spraying. It took 6 people to move it inside and up the stairs.

Forgot to add – we used the top as a template for the guys to shape the granite top. Now, what can I do with that top ?

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#1 posted 04-16-2013 08:23 PM

That’s absolutely beautiful. Kudos to you for seeing that and having the creativity to picture it as a vanity. Was stripping the original finish a major pain?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#2 posted 04-16-2013 08:50 PM

Fantastic re-purposing of an antique!!! Great job!!!

-- "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

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#3 posted 04-16-2013 09:13 PM

Looks great nice modify job.

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#4 posted 04-17-2013 04:14 AM

Wonderful idea! What a luxurious-looking bathroom! Thanks for sharing.


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#5 posted 04-19-2013 01:12 PM

Elegant and classy vanity! It goes really well with the whole bathroom especially the finish. Great job!

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#6 posted 04-19-2013 02:22 PM

Beautiful! Can’t let my wife see that.

-- If I'm not in the shop, I'm someplace else. Joel, Lumberjock #30,000

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