As you may or may not know, we have started remodeling our tiny master bathroom. You know that dresser that a gave a makeover the other day?
Well, it’s our new bathroom vanity! (or at least we’re working on it.)
Here is a before picture, just for reference.
There was one problem with the dresser/vanity swicharoo….the top of the dresser wasn’t deep enough for the sink I bought. It wasn’t even close actually, the sink hung over by at least six inches. I really liked the sink I had bought and Adam suggested we just build a new countertop. Sold.
We have built a few wood countertops before (we, haha…I mean Adam) and this time he decided to make things simple and create one out of wood flooring. Usually you make them out of wood planks (like we did in our other bathroom and for our farmhouse table) but to do it right you need a joiner, table saw, planer (or belt sander), kreg jig and bar clamps. We borrowed what we didn’t have in the past but this time Adam just wanted it to be simple. I’m guessing most of you don’t have those tools either, so this way is a nice alternative.
You can use pretty much any flooring you want. For this project Adam wanted unfinished solid hardwood, but we used engineered and prefinished flooring (leftover from our floor) for the countertop in our laundry room.
The unfinished wood was actually a little hard to find, Adam got some maple from a place called S & S Wood Floors in San Antonio.
To make the countertop he just cut a piece of plywood to size and started gluing the planks on. (Don’t you judge me just cause I have a washing machine on my front porch!)
He added a piece to the front so that it looks clean and hides all the ugliness.
And that’s about it…pretty simple. Next we just had to cut a hole for the sink and add sealer to make it water resistant.
Cutting a hole for the sink is pretty easy too, here are the steps…
- Have your husband cut out the template.
- Have your husband tape the template to the counter (after careful measurements) and trace it.
- Have your husband put on his creepiest sweatshirt, haul the counter out to the garage, and cut the hole out with a jigsaw.
- Bam, done. How easy was that?
Next Adam handed it over to me for finishing. I wanted the countertop to be dark, so I grabbed some stain (provincial by Minwax) and went to town…
The second Adam got home from work that day he said “Holy crap babe, what did you do to that countertop?”
“What do you mean? I stained it. You don’t like it?”
“Umm no, it looks terrible. Maple doesn’t stain well, you needed to leave it natural”
“But I want it to be dark”
“I don’t know what to tell you….right now it just looks like a bears butt hole.”
“A bears butt hole, really?”
“Yeah, its brown and looks kinda furry and gross…we have to sand it down.”
So there you have it DIYers, don’t stain maple. It will make it look like the anus of a large furry mammal, and no one wants to look at that.
So instead we used Tung Oil.
Here’s the counter in our bathroom after three coats (I haven’t sealed it yet)…
Okay, let’s be honest…. I hate the color. I really wanted a dark rustic wood. Adam says we can’t stain cause….well, you know. I haven’t yet figured out how to make us both happy. But I will….you know I will. Dang miscommunication. If only Adam count see the pictures inside my brain when he is buying wood. The maple is beautiful, really…its just not the right color.
Here are a couple more pictures so you can form your own opinion….
I’m going to experiment with it a bit and will post again when I figure it out!
UPDATE - I successfully stained the countertop, GO HERE to read that post.