The Chadeys [SP] have done an amazing job putting this space together, but I’d like to inject a little bit of personality and warmth into this space by utilizing the natural beauty of timber and creating a great bathroom vanity.
You can customize it to your own needs and your own design. Let’s go ahead and put it together. All of these tools here are what we’re gonna need for the project. Does look a bit daunting, but we’re gonna start by ripping this down with a circular saw because we need it at 500 instead of the 600 that it’s sitting at right now.
So first thing you need to do is to measure it up, and then we’re gonna clamp it, and use the circular saw to rip it. So what we need to do now is pick our face side, so that it’s the nicer side for the vanity, then I’m gonna mark it so that we know which side we’re working with.
So what we’re gonna do now is cut our miter. So we’re going to use the tape all the way around the edge to stop the timber from splintering, and we’re gonna mark it and we’re gonna cut it. So now we’re gonna sand the interior facing of the panel because we won’t be able to reach into it once the whole thing is constructed.
Just make sure that you don’t sand your miter edges, otherwise, you won’t get a nice, sharp, join. It’s time to assemble the vanity. So we’re gonna put it up on its leading edge so that any variation appears at the back of the unit, not at the front.
We’re using the clamps as an extra set of hands to help us hold our panels in place while we’re putting it together. So what we need to do now is glue the edge, lots and lots of glue on both sides of your miter, and then we’ll tape it for support, and then we’ll nail it.
When we’re nailing our edge, it’s better to put it on the side panel rather than the top, because it will be more aesthetically pleasing to have less nail marks along the top of your vanity. Now you repeat the process with the other two panels, making an L-shape, then we bring our two L-shapes together to finalize the frame.
Now our frame is together, we’re going to put our flat pack drawers together. I’m putting two drawers in my vanity. These come flat packed from Bunnings. Really simple to put together. It’s just fold it around and click.
Measure and cut your dividers, apply some glue and slide your dividers into place. Mark the center of your divider and then you can nail it down. This is the base of the cabinet, so you can put in as many nails as you like to keep it nice and strong, but aesthetically you won’t put as many in your top.
Because we haven’t used many nails in the top side, we’re going to pop some brackets in underneath on the drawer side to help hold the weight of the unit together. Space out your brackets, and mark the holes where you wanna pre-drill with a pencil.
Pre-drill your holes and then screw your brackets in. We flipped our frame up on its side so it’s easier to attach the sliders. These come with instructions on how to install, so follow those and it will be nice and simple.
To fix the back panel in place, we’re gonna add some glue against the strength, and then nail it up. So we’re nearly there, all that’s left to do now is to pop the facings on the front of the drawers.
So now we putty up the nail holes. We’re using a plastic wood for our putty because it doesn’t shrink, it’s a good color match, and it has a quick drying time. And that’s the vanity. All that needs to happen now is a quick sand to make it nice and smooth, and then you can decorate it however you like.
I’m going to be varnishing it to protect it from the elements in the bathroom and to allow the natural beauty of the timber to shine through. Now it’s time to fix our beautiful vanity into place. As you can see, we’ve already pre-drilled the holes so that it slips into place nice and easily.
We’ve made provision for our plumbing and our electrics. In this instance, it’s really important to make sure you’ve got your planning right, because if you don’t, it can end up as a disaster. So I’ve got some supports to assist me in my installation of the vanity.
So the level is great. Now it’s time to fasten it to the wall. We’ve got plenty of positions. Because it’s strong and heavy, we need to make sure we’ve got enough fastenings for structural integrity. So here we have our beautiful timber vanity.
It’s a bit of effort, but well worth it. The beautiful lines [SP] in the timber add some lovely warmth to this room, making it into a sanctuary.