Double medicine cabinet

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Project by RHaynes posted 03-11-2014 02:54 PM 1664 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What started as my wife wanting to paint our bathroom turned into a much bigger project, but the upside was replacing the 3’ x 4’ over-vanity mirror, plastic side-mounted medicine cabinet, and dressing room-style globe light bars with a new maple double medicine cabinet. I remember seeing a double cabinet like this somewhere, with the open shelves in the middle, but I can’t remember where or I would give credit. I chose the material, finish, and door design to get as close to the vanity cabinet as I could, which involved cutting a 10-degree bevel on the edges and a cove around the outside. The cabinet and doors are solid maple; the back is 1/4” maple plywood. I think the BLO/TO/varnish blend got the finish pretty close to the vanity cabinet—it will darken up a little bit in 6 months or so at which point it should match almost exactly. My wife likes it, which is the important part.

I added the last pic so you can see the drywall work needed on the side and the re-framing needed to set the new cabinet in the wall. I also had to move the electrical drops up above for the new lights. What you can’t really see in the pics is the new cork floor that went down because the new paint color didn’t look good against the linoleum, the new subfloor that went down around the toilet because of the leak from the wax seal I found when pulling up the linoleum, the new toilet that went in because “while it’s up, I never liked this one anyway,” the new sink faucets, the new tub filler faucet that required demolishing the tiled tub surround because the builder didn’t leave an access panel, and the colonial-style window casing I put in, plus the new base trim, towel bars, etc. This was a SERIOUS case of “mission-creep.” And now she’s eyeing up the jack-and-jill bathroom on the third floor talking about another one. God help me.

-- "Sometimes the creative process requires foul language." -- Charles Neil.

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#1 posted 03-11-2014 06:59 PM


-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#2 posted 03-13-2014 03:14 AM

That’s a great job. Well done. Good luck on the next one!

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#3 posted 03-19-2014 01:31 PM

Fantastic cabinet! Like the double mirror and the open shelves. Great bathroom set-up as well. Great job!

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