Vanity made from recycled Oak Flooring

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Antique, old growth wood just drives me crazy. To me, it’s like looking at gold.

I remodeled a large 120 yr. old home and saved a bunch of the 1/4 sawn oak flooring that was installed with square nails and used it to build this double vanity.

in progress

plumbing in progress….that’s stinky Pete, the plumber

The case is made of prefinished clear 3/4 maple plywood wrapped in solid oak frame and panels. Even though it’s one open cabinet inside, I made it look like it’s 2 cabinets butt together with 8 legs.

I made 2 small 4.5” wide dovetailed, maple drawers on either side of the sink that pull out together with the drawer front. Much better than a flip down drawer front. There is an outlet inside for a charger for tooth brush.

The 2”x2” legs are 4 pcs. with glued 45* corners. No visible joints and looks solid.

The mirror frame is also from the same recycled oak flooring.

The 4.5×5.5 two person shower is perfect for washing our 2 big Golden retrievers. There is a teak seat inside behind the half wall.

I installed a glass transom above the shower door. It gets pretty steamy with it closed so I think I’ll save my money and skip the expensive steam unit.

This is our 1957 Cape Cod style house with a master bedroom addition.

You had to walk through the old 12×12 bedroom to get to the master bedroom addition. We used it as a sitting rm, a workout rm. and an office for a while but it never felt like a good floor plan, also we only had 1 1/2 baths for 3 bedrooms.

So I divided the space into a 6×12 master bath and a 4’ hallway with a partition wall. It has a pocket door with full view art glass in the shape of a tree in the center to create the feeling of more space.

There is an antique stained glass window in the transom above.

I recycled the mirrors from several bathroom remodeling jobs we did and installed them above the 5’ tall oak panel wainscoting in the hallway to give the illusion of bigger space. There’s a 5×7 full size mirror at the end of the new hallway and a 2×7 on the corner.


There is 7’ long tall oak cabinet for shoes and sweaters on the other side of the new hallway.

The center section has glass shelves for my wife’s personal collectibles like perfume bottles and wedding pictures.

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#1 posted 01-31-2011 01:54 AM

Great work and save on the lumber. Love the TV in the bathroom I need one. The lines on the vanity look great kinda has a G 7 G look to it. All of it looks great!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 01-31-2011 02:23 AM

Great Lookin vanity

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#3 posted 01-31-2011 02:44 AM

Good work Mark. The entire bathroom is super; great work in reycling the quarter sawn oak. Nice job.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#4 posted 01-31-2011 02:57 AM

Really nice, the mirror frame is a nice touch

-- Jim

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#5 posted 01-31-2011 03:26 AM

G 7 G ??????????? OH. Greene & Greene.

Definitely, one of my favorite design styles.

Thank you.

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#6 posted 01-31-2011 04:13 AM

Great job. I like the style. I really like how you use drawer front for the two small drawers on the sides of the sink. Wish I’d seen that about a week ago.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 01-31-2011 04:20 AM

Wonderful project, great job

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#8 posted 01-31-2011 05:13 AM

Wow! That is wonderful. I love the color, the design, the lines … the whole package. Very well done. Very inspiring. (Now if I can keep my wife from seeing this…)

Just wondering—did you learn anything that you could pass along to any of us looking to recycle some wood for our projects?

Thanks for posting.

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#9 posted 01-31-2011 05:18 AM

Very Nice….like the whole concept of using old stock, and creating a very trendy peice

-- Save every piece of scrap, the best things come from what others cast aside --

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#10 posted 01-31-2011 05:47 AM

Maybe move the remote closer to the hopper? ;-) Great project!

-- Less is More.....expensive

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#11 posted 01-31-2011 06:08 AM

Hi, I’m new here and I just started posting my projects. This is fun. More to come so stay tuned if your curious.

I have to admit I’m that guy that always gets the good stuff. You just have to be in the right place at the right time.

I’ve been a remodeler on the North Shore since 1982, in a town where there was allot of whole house remodeling; where we would come in and completely gut these mansions and throw out tons of recyclable stuff. We go by the dibs rule or who deserves it more and take a vote, but I have veto power….like the sub zero I just scored.

I (asked) always grabbed as much as I could to give to Habitat for Humanity like appliances and fixtures but nobody wants old oak flooring or painted timbers, or v groove walnut paneling, or 2 corner hutch cabinets from a 1942 home theater (my next post) but I don’t mind spending hours pulling nails, scraping varnish, planing and resizing. You should see my arts and crafts style floors. 7 different species and there are hidden coins in it.

And to your 2nd comment, who do you think i built this for? The dogs?

I call it a 20 yr. labor of love, for all it’s worth.

OK here’s one: old dressers on the side of the road usually have really nice dovetailed oak drawer boxes. Grab them, throw away the rest and build something around them. Good for under the bed storage too.

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#12 posted 01-31-2011 07:34 AM

I want your bathroom!

-- Rogue

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#13 posted 01-31-2011 06:03 PM

Nice work, Mark.

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Todd Thomas

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#14 posted 02-09-2011 03:10 AM

looks great… the style…well done

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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Kevin OKane

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#15 posted 09-02-2013 04:22 AM

This is a great looking masters bathroom, especially the vanity. You are lucky to have such a beautiful and charming home and I think that the entire structure helped as well when it comes to renovating and re-designing it. It is a good thing that you did not have any issues with blocked drains, unlike mine when I remodeled a mate’s bathroom in an vintage home. Blocked drains everywhere!

-- Kevin O'Kane - -

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