This post is about how we took our damaged bath vanity and repurposed it to create a beautiful custom furniture cabinet for our front family room.
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August 28th, 2015 is a day our family will remember for a long long time. Our beloved dog Hercules passed away, my daughter damaged the body panels on her low riding sports car, and we had a old rotten 100 foot oak tree fall on our house. We had over $40,000 worth of damage to our home. All this happened within two hours of each other and my husband was on call at the hospital.
It was NOT a good night. You can see more of the photos of the damage in this post.
Looking back though we did gain many blessings that night as well. No one was hurt when the tree fell on the house, we got a new roof, two bathrooms were partially remodeled, our master bedroom was remodeled, and we learned just how well built our house is overall. It is all in how you look at things.
One of the items we were able to salvage from the damage in our master bathroom was the custom built bath vanity cabinet. The back of it had water damage and they broke the top when they had to remove it from the wall. Overall though the base of the cabinet was still intact. In fact, the builder and the cabinet maker both made comments about the superior construction of the vanity and offered to get rid of it for me (meaning reuse it themselves elsewhere). That wasn’t happening.
So for two years now we have moved this vanity to many different locations out of the way of the construction. I have had this vanity sitting in the breakfast nook – in the way- or in the front room – very much in the way of the renovation in that room – until we got to a point of refinishing it and installing it as a custom furniture cabinet for a TV. It has been a much longer process than originally planned.
This picture shows what the vanity looked like with the water damage and before we pulled it out of the master bedroom. The original size of the bath vanity was 10 feet long. Without the top and only with the base cabinet it is 7 feet long. Actually this picture also shows the new floors in the master bathroom but the old cabinet was not reinstalled. We just had to keep moving it around during the construction.
Two years later we have finally repurposed the bath vanity in to a custom furniture cabinet.
With the front living room renovation, you can read more about that here, we knew the walls were going to be white and I wanted this custom cabinet to really be a prominent furniture piece in the room. I decided to paint it with chalk paint in Relic by DecoArt followed by a layer of Dark Creme Wax from DecoArt.
My husband basically rebuilt what was needed for this cabinet by making new back and side panels and building a custom wood top. I then stained the top of the cabinet in MinWax PolyShades stain in Espresso.
Since I didn’t want this to look like a bath vanity, he also cut out 4″ x 4″ block feet for me to help hide the toe kick of the original bath vanity. I painted both the feet and the original toe kick in the Relic chalk paint.
We purchased new silver hardware at Home Depot and finally put this custom furniture cabinet in it’s permanent home in the front family room.
Eventually it will have a TV on top but that is very low in our list of priorities right now. I’m just excited it finally has a permanent location and is finished. Now we just need to complete the rest of the projects for this front room renovation.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17