D.I.Y. Bathroom Vanity – D.I.Y. At Bunnings

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The Chadeys [SP] have done an amazing job
putting this space together, but I’d like to inject a little bit of personality and
warmth into this space by utilizing the natural beauty of timber and creating a great bathroom
vanity. You can customize it to your own needs and
your own design. Let’s go ahead and put it together. All of these tools here are what we’re gonna
need for the project. Does look a bit daunting, but we’re gonna
start by ripping this down with a circular saw because we need it at 500 instead of the
600 that it’s sitting at right now. So first thing you need to do is to measure
it up, and then we’re gonna clamp it, and use the circular saw to rip it. So what we need to do now is pick our face
side, so that it’s the nicer side for the vanity, then I’m gonna mark it so that we
know which side we’re working with. So what we’re gonna do now is cut our miter. So we’re going to use the tape all the way
around the edge to stop the timber from splintering, and we’re gonna mark it and we’re gonna cut
it. So now we’re gonna sand the interior facing
of the panel because we won’t be able to reach into it once the whole thing is constructed. Just make sure that you don’t sand your miter
edges, otherwise, you won’t get a nice, sharp, join. It’s time to assemble the vanity. So we’re gonna put it up on its leading edge
so that any variation appears at the back of the unit, not at the front. We’re using the clamps as an extra set of
hands to help us hold our panels in place while we’re putting it together. So what we need to do now is glue the edge,
lots and lots of glue on both sides of your miter, and then we’ll tape it for support,
and then we’ll nail it. When we’re nailing our edge, it’s better to
put it on the side panel rather than the top, because it will be more aesthetically pleasing
to have less nail marks along the top of your vanity. Now you repeat the process with the other
two panels, making an L-shape, then we bring our two L-shapes together to finalize the
frame. Now our frame is together, we’re going to
put our flat pack drawers together. I’m putting two drawers in my vanity. These come flat packed from Bunnings. Really simple to put together. It’s just fold it around and click. Measure and cut your dividers, apply some
glue and slide your dividers into place. Mark the center of your divider and then you
can nail it down. This is the base of the cabinet, so you can
put in as many nails as you like to keep it nice and strong, but aesthetically you won’t
put as many in your top. Because we haven’t used many nails in the
top side, we’re going to pop some brackets in underneath on the drawer side to help hold
the weight of the unit together. Space out your brackets, and mark the holes
where you wanna pre-drill with a pencil. Pre-drill your holes and then screw your brackets
in. We flipped our frame up on its side so it’s
easier to attach the sliders. These come with instructions on how to install,
so follow those and it will be nice and simple. To fix the back panel in place, we’re gonna
add some glue against the strength, and then nail it up. So we’re nearly there, all that’s left to
do now is to pop the facings on the front of the drawers. So now we putty up the nail holes. We’re using a plastic wood for our putty because
it doesn’t shrink, it’s a good color match, and it has a quick drying time. And that’s the vanity. All that needs to happen now is a quick sand
to make it nice and smooth, and then you can decorate it however you like. I’m going to be varnishing it to protect it
from the elements in the bathroom and to allow the natural beauty of the timber to shine
through. Now it’s time to fix our beautiful vanity
into place. As you can see, we’ve already pre-drilled
the holes so that it slips into place nice and easily. We’ve made provision for our plumbing and
our electrics. In this instance, it’s really important to
make sure you’ve got your planning right, because if you don’t, it can end up as a disaster. So I’ve got some supports to assist me in
my installation of the vanity. So the level is great. Now it’s time to fasten it to the wall. We’ve got plenty of positions. Because it’s strong and heavy, we need to
make sure we’ve got enough fastenings for structural integrity. So here we have our beautiful timber vanity. It’s a bit of effort, but well worth it. The beautiful lines [SP] in the timber add
some lovely warmth to this room, making it into a sanctuary.

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