Bathroom sink cabinet with oak wood countertop

we installed the small cabinet, the oak wood countertop and the oak wood plinths

A small bathroom required a small bathroom sink cabinet. We will show how to make a simple, but modern cabinet, with oak wood sink counter top and oak mouldings. The wooden mouldings were needed because they have to hide the spaces between the cabinet and the walls. The walls were not square, so we needed to create a design that would cover the gaps.

We divided the project into three sections:

  • the bathroom sink cabinet
  • the oak wood counter top
  • the oak wood mouldings

The bathroom sink cabinet

1. We measured the space between the two walls and because we found that there were some differences from one end to the other, we took a 2-3 cm margin when we determined the dimensions of the cabinet.

2. We cut the MDF boards at the required dimensions: one board for the base of the cabinet, and two custom boards for the sides. The shape was cut as in the pictures because we have to hide the piping.

the boards are cut t build the bathroom cabinet
The shape of the sides

3. We drilled three holes (8 mm diameter) to be able to make the joints between the base and the sides with 8 mm wooden dowels. We used water based adhesive. It is very good for gluing MDF pieces.

we used a lot of wooden dowels to be sure the joints will never break
Using a lot of dowels to assemble the small cabinet

4. We’ve cut two narrow MDF strips at a length equal to the distance between the two sides. They were used to give stability and strength to the cabinet. We screwed them together at 90 degrees. Then we screwed them inside the cabinet, in order to hold them until we drilled the holes for the dowels.

we used screws in order to keep the shape of the small bathroom cabinet and to increase its stability
The MDF strips screwed into their position

5. We glued up the wooden dowels and we drilled the holes for additional screws. It is very important to drill holes in MDF boards before using screws, otherwise the MDF will mostly crack.

we first assembled the bathroom cabinet by using wooden dowels
Gluing the wooden dowels

6. We countersunk the holes with a countersink drill bit. After this, we fitted all the screws. We deepened the holes in order to be able to cover the heads of the screws with wood putty.

the wooden dowels and the screws used to increase the stability of the bathroom cabinet vanity
The wooden dowels and the screws used

7. When everything was assembled, we sanded the wood putty, the dowels and all the MDF edges. We also sanded with 120 grit sandpaper, by hand, all the sharp edges.

the small bathroom cabinet after we assembled all the MDF boards
The small bathroom cabinet

8. We cut some MDF strips for the drawers edges, the boards for the bottoms and the boards for the drawer fronts. The drawers have a depth half of the depth of the cabinet to be able to hide the pipe system. We also sanded the edges and all the sharp corners with 120 grit sandpaper.

cutting a lot of MF strips needed to build the cabinet drawers
Cutting MDF strips for the drawers
the MDF boards needed for the drawers
The needed boards for the drawers

9. We applied a layer of special polyurethane primer for MDF.

10. After the primer dried we sanded every surface with 320 grit sandpaper.

11. After sanding, we removed the dust and applied the white polyurethane paint.

applying the white polyurethane paint
We applied the white polyurethane painted
we applied the first coat of white polyurethane paint
The first layer of polyurethane white paint was applied

The oak wood counter top

1. We have build the oak wood counter top as usually, using our custom 4-way panel clamps. By the way you can find the free plans of the panel clamps on our blog.

2. We straightened it, cut at the required size and sanded it like we do with any other countertop.

3. We mixed different colors of wood stain to obtain the color we needed, the one you can see in the picture below.

the counter top after we applied the polyurethane varnish
The oak wood counter top after the polyurethane varnish was applied

4. After staining we applied polyurethane primer and varnish, sanding it with 320 grit sandpaper between each layer.

the custom wood stain used for this counter top for the sink
We used a custom wood stain to color the counter top

5. We cut the counter top so we can install the sink as in the manufacturer’s instructions.

The oak wood mouldings

1. We took a 2 by 2 cm oak wood strip. The width was chosen in order to hide the spaces up the wall.

2. We cut it at 45 degrees in length and sanded the cut surface. Then we just slightly rounded the sharp edges.

3. We stained it with the same color as the counter top, and we applied the polyurethane primer and varnish.

we made some custom oak wood plinths to match the counter top
The custom oak wood plinths

Finally we installed the tandem slides with total extraction for the drawers.

we installed some tandem slides with total extraction for the drawers
Tandem slides with total extraction

Hope you like our small bathroom cabinet:

we installed the small cabinet, the oak wood countertop and the oak wood plinths
The cabinet and the counter top in their places
the custom made oak wood matches the oak wood counter top
The oak plinths were custom made because the walls were not straight
the bathroom cabinet vanity is ready
The bathroom cabinet vanity in use
a detail of the drawers and the drawers fronts of the bathroom cabinet vanity
Detail of the cabinet drawers

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