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Old 06-03-2013, 10:37 AM   #16
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This is getting to be fun.

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Old 06-07-2013, 08:51 PM   #17
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I only had a little time tonight in the garage but was able to assemble one side and cut up the second side.


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The new corners are not as pretty as the old. My chisel work is definitely not as precise as the original craftsman. But they seem sturdy anyhow.


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It looks like I should have the major pieces assembled this weekend (both sides, a center drawer and top surfaces for each). Then I'll start prepping the surface for paint. It's what the girls want so its what it gets.

I have not worked with something like this before. Any recommendation on prep or paint for this? In my mind I was going to sand down to wood (starting course and working my way down). Then I was going to brush on some semi gloss white. I'm all ears to recommendations or advice.
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Made good progress today.

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Check out the wood I uncovered. Anyone know what it is? Even the girls said it looked good! But I think they are still looking for white paint in the end.

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I had this old top in the garage (not sure where it came from). And we found the mirrors at a yard sale for $5. As you can see, the inspection went pretty well from the bosses tonight.

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It looks great, and the mirror is perfect.
You're dropping down the middle section, right?

I think the wood is poplar.

Minwax makes a white stain, I used it on the molding and window
trim on our box window in our family room and liked the results' (also
the wood is poplar)
It's an off white color; it penetrates and allows a lot of the grain to
show through. Then after staining, I used three coats of semi gloss poly.

This white stain would be more durable than just painting...and of course if
the girls don't like the white stain -- you can always paint it.
First you have to sand it all down to the natural wood.

The center piece that you're dropping down...it would be a good idea
to cut a piece of glass to cover it...no worry from nail polish and
make-up stain.

just wanted to add if you do decide to try the white stain,
make sure the girls like it before applying the poly,
or you'll have to sand it again.

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The plan was to drop the middle section but this mirror we found doesn't really support that. Specifically, the bottom of the three mirrors are all aligned to a bottom mounting bracket.

It looks highly likely that there will be a vanity #2 coming once this one is finished. For that one I may go with the lowered center and a larger center mirror. I have enough drawers, panels and rails left over from the desk pieces. I'd just need the 8 new legs to put it all together.

But first I need to get this one finished.
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The plan was to drop the middle section but this mirror we found doesn't really support that. Specifically, the bottom of the three mirrors are all aligned to a bottom mounting bracket.

It looks highly likely that there will be a vanity #2 coming once this one is finished. For that one I may go with the lowered center and a larger center mirror. I have enough drawers, panels and rails left over from the desk pieces. I'd just need the 8 new legs to put it all together.

But first I need to get this one finished.
So here is what you can do...
make a filler piece for the back to support the
mirror like a shelf...make it about 3 or 4" deep and level
with the top of the two side pieces ,
so that the mirror can be attached. The front of the 'shelf'
fill in with a piece of wood, as well as filling in the back of the 'shelf'
with a piece of wood. (this would be the easiest choice)

or...this would be good...fill under the shelf with three pigeon
hole drawers. Just make boxes with drawer fronts that fit into
three sleeves. ...little drawers are a great place to store small
stuff. If you like this idea, I can give you photo examples
of how to do it

or, you could always cut out the top with a 3 or 4" lip remaining
in the back, and make your separate piece for the drop down
center...then just put a back filler piece along the back wall
of the drop in center.

...in any case you still can achieve the vanity look with the drop
down center and be able to install the mirror.
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Thanks for the feedback two knots.

I like your suggestions about dropping the center. Guess I was as anxious as the kids to screw that mirror in place to expedite the project.

In general I can picture the small drawers but please send the photo along.
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Don't bother dropping the center. Just use a taller stool. Dropping it loses a fair bit of use out of the top. And it's not like there's some screaming issue with ergonomics of the seating area. Sure, for spending hours at a desk you'd want a proper height. But for the limited time for using a vanity it's not necessary.

I would suggest adding a drawer under the center. One not too tall as to make it uncomfortable to fit legs under it. From what I've seen over the years, it's better to have more shallow drawers at a women's vanity than a few taller ones. Most of their lotions, potions and cremes are in short containers. Sure, there's a few taller products, but most isn't more than 4-6" tall.
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hmm... I started a thread on drawers. I have even more drawers,
but, you'll get the idea from what I posted.


wkearney,
You come off as quite opinionated.
I guess being a man you clearly know what women want (insert
sarcasm here)
The one and only thing you're right about is if you're
spending many hours at a
desk, you need the proper height.

You're way off base about a taller stool...proper chair height is
essential when spending hours sitting at a desk.

Also, another thing you're off base about is --that it is better
to have shallow drawers in a vanity rather than
deep drawers. Deep drawers are primo... Lots of my stuff
is tall and wouldn't want to have to lay it down, not to mention
hair dryers and curling irons etc...

hmmm...think down the road a few years, a vanity will save you
much needed bathroom time with two daughters drying their hair and
putting on make-up.
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It's been awhile since I've been on here but I did chip away at this project.

Before

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After

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As you can see, I found some zebra print contact paper to spruce up the old drawers. The rest of the wood/hardware is reused from the original desk.

I still have to complete the mirrors to go on top and come up with a stool/bench to sit on. The girls request zebra print fabric of some sort.
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WoW, that looks fantastic. I love the drop down center.
The mirror will fit so well on the back strip. Be sure to show us a pic
with the mirror attached.

A chair would be more comfortable than a stool. Check the good-will
stores, I always see great looking chairs for a few dollars.
As a matter of fact I bought several chairs from good-will.

Your girls must be thrilled.

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