Bathroom Cabinet

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Project by BeachedBones posted 07-26-2011 08:05 PM 2539 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project started because I couldn’t find a proper cabinet for my bathroom. Just not the right size, height, look and elevated enough to cover up the water main shutoff valve. Overall size is 36 X 36 X 18. The total cost for this project was… 1$ for knobs and a gallon of paint. The rest is all recycled wood and a couple bits of scrap I had laying around. The frame is made from 80 year old fir circus tent poles that were really trashed, but were nice and stable to work with. The top is some more of that recycled cedar barn wood that I’ve used for a couple of my other projects. The panels are some sanded plywood I had kicking around that I put grooves in to match the wainscoting I’ve used in the bathroom and around the house. Even the European style hinges came off an old trashed cabinet. It is finished with a CIL trim paint and tung oil for the top. (top still wet in the photos)

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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#1 posted 07-26-2011 08:28 PM

Looks great and you can’t beat the cost. Great job!

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#2 posted 07-26-2011 08:40 PM

Absolutely Love IT! What a gorgeous reclaimed top you have on there. So Pretty.

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#3 posted 07-26-2011 09:06 PM

Great use of resources! The top looks great.

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#4 posted 07-26-2011 09:41 PM

Yeah, I really like the top. Did you amber shellac it before hitting it with the poly? It has a lovely golden color, perhaps just natural patina. I’m planning a new vanity for MY bathroom (the fiance’ says I can do what I want with it; no, she already said no big LCD screens). I’m considering doing what you did but with a partially recessed basin and faucets. I’m really interested in how you achieved the finish, which looks very durable from the pictures at least.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 07-26-2011 10:21 PM

Bertha, nope, just the tung oil on the top. The amber color is just the patina that the old wood picks up over time. If I were going to use this kind of thing with a sink and faucet, I would probably have used a wipe on poly instead. I would have no worries about this old cedar holding up to a wet environment, but you would probably get some discoloration over time around a sink.

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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#6 posted 07-26-2011 10:54 PM

Looks great. Need to come up with some projects that use up some of my scraps that have accumulated.

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#7 posted 07-27-2011 01:04 AM

Very nice use of reclaimed wood!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#8 posted 07-27-2011 01:26 AM

Nice looking mini cabinet.The problem i’ve always had is when putting a cabinet in Asian bathrooms.Due to different cultural settings, and way of livings, the bathroom in Asia always have the risk of damaging the cabinet as its wet bthroom concept.I’ve always used many layers of coating to minimize the water effect.I do admire western bathrom where its a dry concept and more sophisticated and nice cabinets can be installed with minimal risk of being damaged by vapourization.

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#9 posted 07-27-2011 04:42 AM

Nice job! I really like the alternated directions on the endgrain… Very neat cabinet.

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#10 posted 07-27-2011 03:12 PM

Nice looking bathroom cabinet.

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#11 posted 07-29-2011 07:02 PM

Thanks everybody!

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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