This is another project that has taken years to complete. Like most of my projects, they are in my head and on my to-do list for a long time before I even start them. I finally started it this past summer and completed it around Thanksgiving. We finished the bathroom remodel and installation about the end of December, but I didn’t take photos until recently.
The vanity is 61½ inches long and built in three sections to make installation easier. I had already completed the left and right sections and had started the doors for the center section when I stopped to purchase a vanity top at Leslie Marble on a trip to visit Dad. I had planned a 60-inch vanity and since this vanity top was 62 inches long, I had to refigure the center section because I only wanted a half inch overhang on the left.
The center section was made without a back and the shelf was added once the right section was installed so I could cut around the plumbing pipes.
I like lots of shallow drawers . . .
. . . so I made the pullouts to hold taller items.
The right pullout houses a wastebasket.
I used a rosette cutter on my drill press for the center of the medallion on each pullout and my husband added a little more with the lathe to enlarge the design.
When our grandchildren were little and needed to use a stool to reach the faucet, I decided that the next vanity would have a step for them. That was 20+ years ago and all of our grandchildren are now adults. If we’re blessed to have great-grandchildren, they will get to use it, or maybe the next owner of this house, or maybe it will never be used and just be a novelty. Better yet, possibly someone will like the idea and incorporate it into a vanity he builds for his children.
Instead of scribing the back of the vanity top, we notched a trowel to fit against a straightedge for mudding the wall flush. This worked remarkably well for a tight fit of the vanity top.
My next project needs to be a small cabinet for the wall at the right end of the cabinet. Even though I wasn’t anticipating it and don’t have it on my to-do list, I hope to bypass some of the other projects on my list and get it done soon!
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