Small table and towel rack for master bath

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Project by edapp posted 04-19-2018 12:48 PM 1802 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the second half of 2017 my wife and I renovated our master bath. During that time I built in what was necessary, like the medicine cabinets/mirror frames seen in the first picture, and put the rest of the built-ins/furniture on the back burner.

I am now completing what we decided nearly a year ago to build. Some of the decisions that went into our master bath remodel came from images and plans from Robert Lang’s book “Shop Drawings for Craftsman Interiors” which I highly recommend. Specifically the decision to go with pedestal sinks and medicine cabinets/ small table, rather than a modern vanity cabinet, came from this book. The traditional look was desirable, as well as the consistent design themes in all of the furniture pieces.

The design of the small table was based on an original stickley designed desk found in another one of Robert’s books, “The Great Book of Shop Drawings for Craftsman Style Furniture” which I found extremely helpful, and the proportions and design of the “legs” or ends of the towel rack came from a plan for a bookshelf in the same book. I made necessary changes to both of these to suit our space. The original desk is wider, has two drawers, and does not have tapered legs or a curved front rail. The original bookcase uses wedged through tenons to support its shelves.

The wood is quarter sawn white oak, and the finish for these is simple. Minwax “golden oak” stain followed by gloss Arm-R-Seal. I am very happy with the look and feel, and plan to refinish the mirror frames/medicine cabinets to match.

I am in the process of building in a matching cabinet in our “water closet” and will post it when it is complete.
Thanks for reading.

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#1 posted 04-19-2018 01:57 PM

I dig it.

Simple yet elegant. I also like the overall look of the bathroom.

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#2 posted 04-19-2018 03:04 PM

Looks like it should function very nicely between the two sinks. Good job.

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#3 posted 04-19-2018 05:17 PM

Nice job. Look bobby pins in the bottom already…..LoL. I have a wife and 3 girls I understand.

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#4 posted 04-19-2018 05:43 PM

JKMDETAIL: Yes the bobby pins seem to just appear all by themselves. No use in fighting it!

Hazem: Thank you for the comment. The “simple yet elegant” look is something we were shooting for. We did not want to look back in a few years and see some trendy items that were no longer “in”. We were hoping to make it look original to the house (built in the 30’s).

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#5 posted 04-19-2018 05:51 PM

Great job on all of it!

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#6 posted 04-20-2018 12:34 AM

Nice job. Great scaling to the sinks

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