new bathroom sink vanity/cabinet

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Project by Von posted 06-09-2013 02:17 AM 1825 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few months back, I had to repair the bathroom floor due a long un-attended leaky toilet. The toilet itself was the leak, but it was not replaced for several years ….until the day before we moved into our house. Of course, leaks like that make a lot of hard work. Over the years I kept telling myself I had to get to that floor and “do the job right” one of these days. Well, turned out that day finally came when the floor gave way under the komode. EEEK! I tore up 4 old “floors” to finally get to the original one, and that had to get tore out as well. I even had to cut out a bit of rotten floor joists to get things squared away. To get all those floors out I had to remove the itty bitty toilet and the bathroom sink. Thankfully I did not have to pull the cast iron tub however. When I was removing the sink vanity, I thought “gee… even IKEA can make these better.” And wouldn’t ya know it, the thing crumbled to bits in my hands at that very moment. My next thought was that I had pretty much all the materials in the wood shop to build something a bit more…. well…...”more.”

The bathroom remodel should be done by the end of the weekend. New tile, new Kohler komode. (already installed that a few months ago when the repairs were done.) I have a few floor tiles left to lay down, and a bit of grout work. This sink cabinet get’s installed tomorrow evening if all goes well.

Made of 5/4 pine (Norway, Jack, & White) and Red Cedar trim. Finish is umteen coats of clear gloss water-based polycrylic, with a smidge of light sanding bewtween each coat. Followed by several shots of clear glossy Krylon from a bombcan. All sorts of shiney!

I shot the pics before final install because my bathroom is super stupid tiny, and the old sink that is going to get put in this thing, is uuuuuuuuugly.

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#1 posted 06-09-2013 05:59 AM

I like that very much. We have added many parts of our house the same way.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 06-09-2013 12:07 PM

very nice looking.great build.
i’ve replaced floors and hope to never do one again.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 06-09-2013 03:29 PM

I like those recycled stuff.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 06-09-2013 05:20 PM

Necessity is the mother of invention. Nice invention. :)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 06-10-2013 02:27 AM

I LIKE IT! Thanks for sharing with us. Recycled and rustic…doesn’t get any better than that.

-- Flying MLB *** A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

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#6 posted 06-10-2013 06:23 AM

That’s a great cabinet with nice details.
I don’t think it deserves an uuuuuuuuugly sink…....................

-- mike...............

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#7 posted 06-10-2013 02:50 PM

Ya… the uuuuugly sink syndrome will have to do for now, until we get the addition to the house and the new (larger) bathroom done. But that is likely a few years away at this point.

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#8 posted 06-13-2013 02:15 PM

Like it. Very nice rustic look and the use of natural stems which added great accents to the vanity. Wonderful job!

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#9 posted 06-13-2013 04:48 PM

Those stems are from the cedar shrubs I transplanted further away from my basement a few years back. The cedars didn’t like their new spot in the yard and died on me, despite my efforts to keep them alive. Oh well. So, you know you are a wood hoarder when…. your yard shrubs die off and you think: “OHO! new building materials here I go!” and you leave them in their dead state to dry naturally until you come up with a project and a good reason to chop em down and put them to use. Check out the gap at the hinges, see that thin strip of darker wood? Yep, that thin strip is also cedar; taken from the main trunk of the shrub and resawn on my bandsaw.

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#10 posted 02-03-2014 12:35 AM

O.K. You win; I lost my title! You are now officialy past me in contention for the TWY award!


Seriously Great Job! I save branches to use in other projects and raid the “fireplace Wood” a lot! But I do not YARD DRY my future projects!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#11 posted 07-13-2017 02:14 PM

This is a nice piece. It looks like an 0riginal that came out of an old cabin or original small farm house. Nice Work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 07-13-2017 03:23 PM

Thanks! We moved out of the house just before winter last year. Wouldn’t ya kow it -the new place needed a bathroom remodel as well. So this cabinet made the move to the new place with us -still rocking that ugly sink though haha.

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