I have wanted a vintage washstand with a towel bar for a long, long time. Unfortunately, this type of cabinet doesn't seem to ever come up for sale in my part of the world so my challenge began! How am I going to recreate this look??
I think I did pretty well!
My main goal this year is to clear out my workshop of as much of the hoarded materials as I can. I am tired of clutter! I began to assemble a pile of components that I could use for this project.
Here's a look at the materials I re-used:
Desk top (I dismantled and got rid of this desk)
Easel (no longer used, took it apart)
Shelf over sideboard (was replaced with a hutch topper last year)
Leftover pine from kitchen window sills
Leftover bead board paneling from the front porch ceiling redo
In addition to these pieces, I bought 2 table legs from Ikea and picked out wood casters from D Lawless Hardware
|Ikea Lalle Table Legs|
|Solid wood casters from D Lawless Hardware|
My inspiration came from a story about a house in Newfoundland that I found on Houzz . Check out this darling little cabinet:
WANT IT!!!!!!!! I knew it was going to be a stretch for me to recreate this piece, I'm no cabinet maker... Still, I'm never daunted anymore at the prospect of reaching beyond my current skill set to try something new.
Here is my version:
How I built this:
I began by cutting the 2x2s down to the height I wanted. I went with 32" because I knew the casters and dresser top would add to the height.
I cut the desk top (3/4" cabinet grade maple plywood) into panels for the back and sides. The sides are 15" x 28" and the back panel is 25 1/2" x 28". Then I attached the legs to the sides using glue and 2" brad nails. Then I attached the sides to the back. The corners are secured with 2" deck screws that are countersunk into the legs. To keep the cabinet square, I added a 2x2x25 1/2" across the front below the doors and a 1x2x25 1/2 across the front at the top of the doors.
The base of the cabinet is a piece of pine that was cut to fit around the legs. I added 1x2 crosspieces under the sides to dress up the look.
The top is 3 pieces of 3/4" cabinet grade maple plywood that are 6 1/2" x 30".
Here is the very ugly pieced together box with all the caulking I had to do to fix it up:
With the base cabinet assembled, I measured for the towel rack. I laid out the legs with a piece of 1x4 molding across the top of the dresser box. I used a Kreg jig to attach the legs to the 1x4 and then I laid out a piece of 1/2" doweling across the upper portion and drew a pencil line across the inner legs to show where I was going to drill the holes for the doweling to be inserted. I allowed 1/2" on each side for the insert and my dowel is 6" down from the top of the leg. Then I had to unscrew one side to allow for the holes to be drilled.
I used the Kreg jig to attach the towel bar portion to the top of the dresser box and added quarter round on either side to help stabilize the whole thing. Once assembled, I realized it would have been better to attach the assembly across the back of the dresser, but it was too late...
Building the doors was an exercise in frustration. My first attempt included using a Kreg jig which went horribly wrong when I discovered I didn't have the right length of screws (I have to buy them online). I chucked out my first attempt and began again. GAH! Ultimately, I used my finish nail gun to hold the styles and rails together and then I traced out the exact size of the openings to cut the bead board to size. It had to be hammered (lightly!) into place and secured with paintable caulking. The tight fit and caulking should hold the pieces in place easily.
Quarter round molding attached to the front & sides of the dresser top finishes off the edges. A coat of primer and two coats of Benjamin Moore Simply White paint plus the vintage look casters and some ceramic knobs I got from HomeSense years ago and never used pulled the look together.
Totally in love with my creation!
Incidentally, the whole cottage that is featured on Houzz is darling. I'm so inspired by the look. Check out the whole tour HERE
And if you want to see my new cottage style bathroom, click HERE