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Old 07-23-2012, 12:29 PM   #1
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Building a house in Mexico. Different way of doing things here! Doing most of the work myself. Hard to find U.S. brand name materials. Want to convert an antique pine hutch into a bathroom sink vanity with tiles around the sink. Know placing backer board on the wood first is the usual way to go, but can't find backer board! Any suggestions on how to provide a waterproof barrier over the wood which will also give a solid base for the tiles? Need "generic" type product designations or description of products with their ingredients, rather than name-brands. I'll somehow deal with finding the right Spanish translations! Thanks, Colibri
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Could the top be removed and replaced with a concrete top poured into a form?
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Thanks, Oh Mike! That's an idea I hadn't thought about, but I don't think the sides and underlying structure would support the extra weight. Probably pushing the limit by putting on the tiles themselves.
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Use exterior grade plywood for the top---stick the tiles with a modified thinset--"Mud" What Is It? - Kitchen & Bath Remodeling - DIY Chatroom - DIY Home Improvement Forum

You should be able to find latex additive down there---

And a 1 1/2" thick or 1 1/4" thick concrete top won't weigh to much for most furniture---
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