Antique Cabinet Bath Vanity

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Project by SawdustTX posted 01-04-2021 06:06 PM 629 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Friend asked if I could convert a freestanding cabinet into a bathroom vanity with a vessel sink and faucet.

Sounded fine, until I saw it. It was a beautiful antique mahogany cabinet, which she had now painted! The carcass is 7/8” thick solid core ply with a full 1/16” thick mahogany veneer. Couldn’t figure out the stink every time I cut it, then realized it was made with hide glue and the heat from cutting was realeasing that unpleasant hide glue smell.

The 3” solid mahogany rim around the top is compound curved and tapered and it’s got carved ball & claw feet.

Making it more fun – the faucet had to mount as far back as possible, meaning the water lines didn’t drop inside the cabinet, but right down the back panel so I had to carefully notch the back panel to fit. Also the front of the cabinet has no doors so the drain had to be kept back as far as possible to not show. Used a flex line for the drain so I could angle it down and back out of view before the p-trap.

Ended up creating a U shaped drawer “back” and cutting a slot in the drawer bottom, so the drawer slides in around the drain pipe. Kind of a fun unique drawer shape when opened. Had to cut a fairly sizeable opening in the back of the cabinet for the drain line and both water supply shut-off valves (forgot to take a picture of the inside once installed).

Also had to modify the faucet mounting bracket and bolt to fit the cabinet shape.

Fun project, but nerve racking cutting into that antique piece. I imagine it on Antiques Road Show in 10 years, “well if it hadn’t been cut up it would be worth $$$$...” Ha! :)

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#1 posted 01-04-2021 06:14 PM

Cool idea with the drain clearance inset into the drawer! I’ve seen so many with just a short, stubby drawer and lots of unused space behind. Kudos for all the tricks you employed on this!

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#2 posted 01-05-2021 12:21 AM

Very nice conversion. Great job.

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#3 posted 01-05-2021 12:56 AM

I agree… very cool conversion and the drawer is great!
Gotta laugh at the antique roadshow comment.
Whole project is a winner!

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#4 posted 01-05-2021 01:07 AM

Clever solutions all the way around on this. That hint of figured mahogany on the drawer front makes me think there some amazing wood under that paint.

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#5 posted 01-05-2021 01:35 AM

Great work on that conversion!!


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#6 posted 01-05-2021 02:42 AM

Impressive, the work around for the sink drain looks fantastic!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#7 posted 01-05-2021 11:25 AM

Really like your solution. I did similar work for a friend, I like the way you did the drawer cut out.

Thanks for posting. Good idea

-- Petey

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