an idea starts to come together

It’s been a while since we went to the bathroom together. David and Joe have been making progress on the built-ins in there, so maybe it’s time for a peek — even if it’s not quite done yet.

Let’s start at the beginning. A couple of years ago, I handed David a rudimentary scribble of what I pictured for our new bathroom vanity…

my first sink scribble












David drew it mo betta with measurements — I know I’ve shown you this before. This includes the shelf/bench and wall of walnut (to the right of the sink) that I was also hoping for…

layout of sink area




















Drawing is SO much easier than building. Here comes the hard part.

First, there was figuring out the complex, irregular curves of an imperfect  sink — not as right-angled as woodworker might hope — in order to get the wood to mate up with it…

figuring out the curves


Required some math but they figured it out, as I trusted they would. So they continued on to constructing the vanity box…

building the vanity box




















The open end will face the toilet. That’s where the toilet paper and the occasional book or magazine will hide to keep things from getting messy.

Once that was done, they propped the vanity up on sawhorses and made sure it fit the space as intended with the sink and the faucet roughly in place…

testing the sink on the vanity


There was the tricky veneering stage…

veneering the vanity












And then they secured to the wall and made the necessary tweaks…

making adjustments




















They stained it in place. Here it is with two coats — it still has to be made waterproof (that’s another story)…

hanging the box on the wall





















Just to the right of the sink is the walnut panel that will eventually have three hooks on it for hanging up clothes…

walnut panel installed




















The bench/shelf that extends from below the sink still needs to be built. But isn’t that gorgeous?!

In that same corner there’s now the built-in linen cabinet that David began last June. Just look at that walnut! Love love love.  Just needs a little tweak on that bottom drawer and it’s good to go…

walnut storage wall




















Love how the minimal fingerpulls worked out. Perfect…





















Inside, there’s plenty of room for towels and any bathroom paraphernalia…

a look at the shelves




















There’s even a recharging station for an electric shaver! So spoiled…

recharging station




















The drawers are nice and deep…

nice deep drawers




















Yes, the back of the cabinet and the drawers are angled to accommodate our angled wall. This should give you a better idea of the wall when you look at the other side. See how the lights are on angle, too?

record storage wall and hallway




















Btw, that’s the record storage wall, in progress. More on that another time.

So, back to the bathroom. Here you can begin to get an idea of how the walnut built-ins will look together — in an outage. I need light!

walnut corner




















Argh. So impossible to take decent pictures in this tiny bathroom — especially when the lighting isn’t done yet. Oh well.

Before I go, take a peek at the fantastic custom pocket door David and Joe designed, built and installed…

custom walnut pocket door




















A better look at the door project next week. That’s it for now.


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8 Responses to “an idea starts to come together”

  1. K says:

    Walnut is soooo beautiful and the custom door is lovely, too

    V. interesting flat-roof project – you will be toasty!

  2. Jennifer U says:

    i am going into remod withdrawal! what’s happening?
    ; )

  3. Brook says:

    Have been working on an update and hope to post something this weekend. Keep yer pants on! ;-)

  4. Cheryl says:

    Hi Brook,

    This isn’t the right place to post this question, but I couldn’t figure out how else to contact you…

    I was wondering how your modified arbor by Threeman has held up since 2010. We were thinking about possibly purchasing one and as I Googled to learn more, I found your blog. Your house and all the work you’ve been doing is amazing! Very jealous =)

    Thanks for your help!

  5. Brook says:

    Hey Cheryl! The arbor is still going strong. Maybe I should get back to posting and show you how it’s doing, eh? Thanks for the compliments… I get a little bummed by how long it all takes but baby steps, right? ;-)

  6. Cheryl says:

    Thanks Brook! Good to know. We’re debating building our own but we’ll see.

    Oh yes, everything takes longer than you think and everything costs at least a grand to do it. The joys of home ownership, right? We’re working on our place slowly, but nothing like what you guys have accomplished. I know I have a hard time staying positive or not feeling overwhelmed. I recently did a journaling/blogging project of writing down positive experiences from the previous day. The point is to relive the moments of good, and I have to say it really did help change my mindset to appreciate what we have accomplished and be happy with the moment we’re in. Granted, I tried to do it for 21 days and I think I only made it through 14 (ahh… blogging), but it was a good exercise. Maybe some new posts would keep your spirits up?

    Anyway, thanks again for the update!

  7. Brook says:

    Sometimes real life gets in the way of blogging, eh? What I do enjoy is looking back through the blog and seeing how much we’ve gotten done, so you’re certainly right about that! Gathering strength to write about the second half of the project… argh. No, I can do it I can do it I can do it… :)

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