We considered replacing the mirror altogether, but decided to go the less expensive route first and see how long it would buy us.
*Questions and unexpected events that arose during the project:
I didn't know how well the mirror was attached to the wall. I also didn't know how well my adhesive would adhere to the mirror and trim.
* Cost Comments:
1"x4" MDF (32 ft) - $20
1/2 birch plywd - $15
Trim (40 ft) - $20
Crown (3 ft) - $4.50
Lights - $60
*My motivation to do this project:
The mirror was large and an eye sore. We wanted something a little nicer.
The first step was to replace the single light fixture with matching twin ones. I ran the wiring, secured the boxes and mounted the new lights. This was required due to the shelving unit. I then measured out the surface and determined the size of the shelving unit. Then I purchased the materials and started designing as I cut. The shelving unit was assembled and attached first. It was ~2 inches higher than the mirror and secured to a stud to help support the mirror against the wall. The trim and molding was measured, cut and secured using GOOP adhesive and tape to hold in place until it was dry.
Don't assume the mirror is attached to the wall well enough to hold the additional weight. Make sure it is supported fully.
Do measure twice and cut once.
Wood, MDF, Trim - $0.00
Light fixtures - $0.00
Commented on Jun 16, 2012
Ok, so far I have finished the counter top, (not installed yet), and the shelving unit. For
the countertop I used a large piece of red oak, (purchased at Home Depot for $100, I used half of it for a buffet top and the other half for the bathroom.). I got it in a 4' x 10' piece. Anyways, I wanted a two toned look as my cabinets are white, (I refinished them a couple years ago, they were that ugly oak), so I stained the wood counter top peice a darker color called ' mission oak' by Minwax. I polyurathaned the crap out of it and let it cure for 5 days. I bought a new white drop in sink and parts. I will be installing the counter top soon, (I will take pics and post them).
For $25, I thought it was a great price and time saver. I bought 3 1/2" trim for the bottom and 3" crown molding for the top, (to make it look like Roberts and more of a custom piece.). I attached them with wood glue and let dry. I then painted the whole piece white, (the cabinet from Ikea is not a true white, so I just painted it and the trim/ crown molding.). I will post pics of this as well.
Next, I need to have a electrician come out to make two outlets for my new light fixtures. Right now we have one long ugly one and I want two seperate ones. I bought them at Home Depot for $30 each on sale! After that we will frame the mirror to make it look like two seperate mirrors and then decorate. I am also painting the bathroom as well. Lots to still do, but I am excited!! I will post pics as soon as I can!
I have bought 3 base kitchen cabinets that I am installing into my dining room. They will look like built-ins when all said and done. I want to use wood to make the top/countertop.
What is the best way to do it? What is the best wood to use? What thickness of wood would be best?
* I plan on staining the wood.*
* Measurements will be: 9'.25" wide, (or 108.25"), and 24 1/2" deep.*
Thanks for any and all suggestions, tips and advice!!
Commented on Mar 03, 2012
Thanks all for your advice. I really appreciate it.
I did call Home Depot and they are able to special order a piece of red oak plywood for me. They can get it in 3/4" thick x 4' wide x 10' long. I got it for $100. They are able to cut it for me as well, (since I only need it be 25" x 109"), which is a big help. I will post pics when I finish the project. :)