New Life for Thrift Store Vanity
While remodeling one of our bathrooms, I found a wood (not particle board) vanity complete with sink and faucet at the local Habitat Restore for $85. With a little work, I knew it would be perfect for an upgraded look.
The structure of the piece was perfect. I removed the door and drawers and began the transformation.
The entire piece was cleaned thorougly with Simple Green Cleaner/Degreaser.
The top was sanded with emphasis on some worn and water spots.
This is how the top looked after sanding. The water and worn spots needed more sanding.
Java was the color that I wanted and General Finishes Gel Stain is my preferred wood coloring method.
To give the top an artistic look, the gel stain was painted on with heavier layering in areas sanded down.
Remainder of the wood base was gel stained and peel/stick tiles added to the bottom of the drawers and floor.
Rubbed bronze knobs and handle completed the base.
To waterproof the top, 3 coats of Waterlox were applied with 24 hr drying between coats. I love Waterlox but it does require face/eye mask and good ventilation.
The completed Waterlox phase gave the top a thick protective coating.
Sink & faucet were installed and the project is finished. The old mirror medicine cabinet was replaced with a wooden shelf unit that matched the vanity and the bathroom is now updated.
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Published November 9th, 2017 9:00 PM
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Michelle Dodson on Nov 27, 2017Nice! With all of us "older" DIYers getting busy, we just might be able to rid the planet of that God awful 1980's oak!Great job!
Teri.jeffrey on Nov 27, 2017Thanks, Michelle. We can only try. 😉
Shari Lemieux on Dec 04, 2017Looks so much better!
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