Bathroom Vanity

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Project by EricTy posted 06-29-2013 10:08 PM 1680 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So we decided not to gut the bathroom. Instead we pulled the ceiling tiles down and put up sheetrock over the ferring strips and added crown moulding. That was step one. Those tiles were starting to disintegrate.

Next up was building the new vanity. They guys over at Reynolds Custom Woodworking in New England were happy to share their designs and construction videos online so I designed this in Sketchup and had at it.

The face frame is made from 2×4s from Home Depot. They were so fully of tiny knots it was awful. I knew it was going to get painted so I did not use the old Cherry that I have (that will be for something nice that goes with us when we move).

The reverse raised panel door is made from Eastern White Pine I had left over from some doors I made for the dining room closet.

The carcass is made from some leftover 3/4” Birch plywood from HD. Didn’t like that stuff at all. It had pockets, lumpties, non-uniform thickness and a general bow that made it difficult to work with.

Hinges are Blum. I wanted to use the slow-close hinges but I screwed up the order from (Rockler?). Lessons learned. These work well though. Didn’t realize I needed a stop block as they are designed to over-close. More lessons learned…

Tara, the other half, does the finishing. The inside was rubbed with Linseed oil and then shellacked. The outside was primed and painted.

The sink, as you can tell, was refinished to match the new hopper (as well as the tub). Not a fan or refinishing. There were boogers and a couple small chips already (as well as some over-spray you can feel on the hopper). If you are looking to sell, refinishing is fine but if it’s yours for years to come, I would reconsider new.

All in all, it came out OK. This was my warm-up to cabinets. This coming winter I’ll be building the cabinets for the Kitchen redo in the spring. Sketchup is my best friend right now.

Until next time, thanks for stopping.

-- Only you know the mistakes were intentional...

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#1 posted 06-30-2013 12:52 AM

Looks great . This is perfect timing as I need to build a vanity as well.Thank goodness it is also a small unit.
I’m going to do it the old fashioned way though, with pencil and paper and a whole lot of head scratching : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 06-30-2013 01:42 AM

Thanks Dusty. If you are a Sketchup user, I have no problems sharing the model. I can’t imagine using just paper, pencil and experience. Sketchup allows for endless tweaking and good visuals long before the first piece is cut.

-- Only you know the mistakes were intentional...

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#3 posted 06-30-2013 02:46 AM

Well done, it looks have to be happy with that….

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 06-30-2013 05:19 AM

I tried to use Sketchup before , but never got the hang of it. The amount of time I spent trying to create a project could have been put to use building one. LOL . I usually make a rough sketch and then punt !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 07-02-2013 04:04 PM

It looks good and very clean. Like the modern look and the black paint. Well done!

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#6 posted 07-04-2013 11:57 AM

Thanks Fish.

The color is actually a dark brown. What’s nice is with the new med cabinet (yet to be published), sink, vanity, toilet, crown moulding, etc., it takes the eye away from the pink tiled floor.

When we decided not to gut, the floor was going to stay much to our delight (NOT!). Maybe before we sell we’ll have it reglazed … don’t know yet.

-- Only you know the mistakes were intentional...

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#7 posted 08-29-2013 01:44 AM

Nice Vanity.

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