Sunday, October 26, 2014

Victrola to Vanity Cabinet

I have been looking for some sort of cabinet to turn into a vanity for our small guest bathroom for quite some time.  The problem is the space for the vanity is tiny. 

Finally I stumbled onto the perfect piece, an old Victrola. I was missing a few parts but that was just fine with me.   I love the carved detail on the front, the paneled doors and little casters.  I started by removing the top lid, not shown, that was attached with a hinge.  Eventually I plan to add a mirror to it and hang it above the vanity.  Then I took off the back and the insides. 

The turntable came out easily with just a few screws but left a large hole.

My solution was to cut a piece of 3/4" plywood to fit inside the top to cover the holes and add a little more support.  This also helped with another issue which was that the only sink I could find that would fit in the space needed to be raised up just a bit.  I stained the plywood to match and sealed it with several coats of marine varnish.  Once in place I used some silicone around the edges to seal them.  Then I cut the appropriate size hole for the sink drain and faucet.  

Luckily the only sink that was small enough to fit was also one of the least expensive vessel sinks you can find.  I found it at Lowes.  The faucet I ordered off Amazon. 

I love the little X detail when you open the cabinet.  I painted the cabinet with Milk Paint in the color Luckett's green by Miss Mustard Seed.  I wanted it to chip so I did not use any bonding agent. I sealed the cabinet with MMS wax because I like the low sheen.  The shower in this bathroom never gets used so I am not worried about humidity or splashing water. 


Here's the before.  Yellowed pine tongue and groove just like everywhere else had around here.

Doesn't it just fit perfect in that space?  You can see I also painted all the tongue and groove, which is also on the ceiling, white.  The tile is off white so to tie that in I hung an off white  bead board picture frame on the wall and have painted a small cabinet on the opposite wall off white.  I changed out the base molding as well.   I still need to add a little piece to the right of the cabinet though.  Next up is to change out the boring hollow core door with a old solid wood paneled door I got from a friend.  The size is perfect but of course the hinges don't line up so that's why I haven't gotten around to it yet.  Unfortunately I am not going to change the flooring.  There is actually a funny story about why there are two different colored tiles.  It's part of the history of this quirky little place so I will leave it, for now. 

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Korrie@RedHenHome said...

It's wonderful! Love the color (I am getting ready to use Lucketts Green on a piece myself), and all the pretty details on the cabinet. Way to go!!

ANNE said...

Holy cutest vanity EVER! So adorable!

Terri said...

So awesome! It is to die for! Love your green color too! Thanks!🎃

Gail Wilson said...

The little vanity is perfectly perfect. I LOVE the color Mimi!


Jackie Ross said...

Great idea and it looks awesome! I'd love to come visit once you get the door up to see how it turned out.

Brenda Young said...

Perfect size for the space, great project love this repurpose!

Darrielle Tennenbaum said...

WOW-so gorgeous and I love the color! So creative

Angie Chavez said...

This is gorgeous, Mimi! I hope you'll come share it at the Vintage Inspiration Party @ Knick of Time!

Bliss said...

Catching up reading posts, each one is better than the one before it. You are so talented, and if you lived by me I would be your #1 upholstery customer. And this cabinet.... Darn cute.

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