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Old House Journal - - Ohj -

1. BASE CABI­NET

I saw no rea­son to dis­card the de­cent if generic van­ity cabi­net. In­stead, I up­dated its looks with light-grey paint and new hard­ware. Good-enough cab­i­nets can be sanded and stained or painted to give them an en­tirely new look. The old wood must be thor­oughly clean and rid of soap scum, then lightly sanded and primed be­fore paint­ing.

2. SAL­VAGE ITEMS

The lam­i­nate coun­ter­top was re­placed with a top made of re­claimed vin­tage wood. I found some pieces that were nice and thick—for both aes­thetic and struc­tural rea­sons, you don’t want a thin coun­ter­top. The boards were glued up, sanded and sealed, and then holes were cut for the sinks. It’s im­por­tant to thor­oughly seal wood used near wa­ter. The rimmed, drop-in, porce­lain-on-cast-iron sinks came from the Re­Source Build­ing Ma­te­rial Store in Burling­ton, Ver­mont.

In turn, ev­ery­thing we re­moved from the ex­ist­ing bath­room was do­nated to a lo­cal re­build cen­ter— who sent some­one to pick it all up.

3. THE TILE

I found this fab­u­lous, matte-fin­ish, pat­terned ce­ment tile on­line, left over from some­one else’s project. There was just enough to en­tirely cover the fea­ture wall be­hind the sinks van­ity. The width of the grout line was cho­sen to en­sure that full (un­cut) tiles would be used at top and bot­tom of the wall in­stal­la­tion. New, fur­ni­ture-like mir­rors and up­dated light­ing fin­ish the trans­for­ma­tion.

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