A couple of years ago I made a vanity for Kate and Derik; they are renovating another bathroom in their house now, so asked for another cabinet. This one was smaller but in some ways more complex. The doors and drawer are flush mount to the front frame, and the corner posts are made out of real wood! Here are a few photos of the process.
The drawer is soft-close and not very deep to accommodate water lines. The doors are also soft-close. The doors were made out of one-piece routered 3/4 MDF. It took a fair bit of time to spray paint them. It is very difficult to make perfect, as the pearl-finish cabinet paint shows every single sanding mark when sprayed. However, I was pretty happy with the final product.
The final step was delivery. They had bought some handles which I put on when I arrived. The bathroom was not quite ready for the cabinet so it may be awhile before I see a picture of it in its new home!
Joan and Tom hired me to change a drywall step that was kind of awkward. I flattened out the step and put a long, flat shelf in. (The wall needed patching in a couple of places.) Then I made “faux” shiplap out of 1/4″ MDF. Tom painted everything and then I tacked it up on 2 walls. There are also some shelves: they are hollow inside so they can slide into the wall alcove without support brackets.
I don’t do a lot of crown moulding, but when I do, there is inevitably a long piece that takes 2 people. Sometimes my customer helps me, and other times I muscle it up there. I had several 14 footers to put up recently so I made some helpers out of 2x4s. They worked quite well!
I also put some crown moulding over a shower…again…this time I pre-primed the pieces on the back, including the cuts. Hoping they stay nice and dry and don’t get wet!
Darlene hired me to design and fill up her new closet space with shelves, cabinets, and rails. (The closet had already been built, but there was nowhere to hang clothes.)
The double sliding doors are very. nice, but they do limit access a little bit. So in my design I put just one tall hanging rail right behind the middle where the doors overlap. That way everything else would be easily accessible from either the left or right side.
Building the cabinet in the shop…
Drawers are always kind of fun to build…though time-consuming.
When Install Day came, I worked from left to right: shelves, cabinet, panel.
David and Debbie asked for a wardrobe to fit a custom space beside the front entrance. They wanted it on wheels for ease of cleaning behind it. I spent some cold days in my shop building and painting it. I stacked it in 3 levels for ease of installation.
When I went to install it I realized I had misunderstood a very important aspect about the way that it needed to turn in the small space (hence the wheels etc.). As it was a rectangle shape in a small rectangle room, it wasn’t possible. So I took it back to the shop and cut off the back right corner. It took some time to put the sides back on, as well as the angled shelves and closet rail.
Once that was taken care of, it fit nicely and turns easily. It’s a little wobbly…being such a tall unit and not fixed to the wall… but should hold up just fine.
David and Debbie asked for a cabinet over their fridge for extra storage.
So I whipped one up 🙂
After I installed it I realized the paint colour was not quite right (wrong shade of white). So I took the doors back to the shop and painted them, and returned later with a few pieces of crown and painted the sides.
Knobs were added but took awhile to order from Home Depot.
Sue had some small gaps between her steps and the walls:
I suggested a small skirt. First I templated it with cardboard and paper and tape:
Next I bought a sheet of 1/2″ MDF and ripped it into 8″ strips. I only needed them to be about 6 feet long. I transferred the template onto the boards and cut them at my workshop with a sliding mitre saw and a jigsaw. I gave the top edge a small round and primed them white. Then I installed them (with a few adjustments), secured to the wall with brad nails, and caulked with white Dap.