Years ago I used to watch The Christopher Lowell show on HGTV. He was "big" on built -ins such as window boxes, book shelves and storage units. He always built everything out of wood called MDF. Something I definately would look into.
The last line in every one of his episodes was "you can do it." I really took that statement to heart. It really has inspired me to create some of my projects.
I went to the home improvement center to check out MDF wood and found that they had plenty of it. It's not like pine or oak, it's more like a compressed board. I have used it in all of my projects over the years including a window box, entertainment unit and a library that I built. The advantages of using MDF are as follows:
- it's less expensive than other woods
- it has no grain, so it doesn't split
- consistent in strength and shape
- easily cuts
- needs little or no sanding
- it doesn't come from the store warped like pine does
- you can get it primed
I really love using this stuff! It's so easy to use and by purchasing this wood you essentially eliminate sanding and priming.
Here is what we purchased and how it came together. All supplies included, the vanity cost under$45.00.
Here is the piece of MDF I purchased. It was a half sheet that they sell in Home Depot. I used an oval dinner plate to help make the curves.
Hey, that's all I could come up with.
The photo to the right gives away my secret: the legs I bought at Home Depot were already made. Ok, maybe it's cheating, but it certainly made the job easier.
The Jig Saw:
The top of the vanity was painted purple. I made my friend paint it-it's for her kid, so I made her work.
Since the decor of the room includes zebra prints, I used some zebra tissue and Modge Podged squares onto the top. Pictured here you can see the squares, the brush and the Modge Podge.
Here is just a photo of how the Mod Podge is applied. I used glossy for this.
Apply Modge Podge to the table to a small area, place the square on and apply Mod Podge over it. When you are finished entirely, add another layer of Modge Podge. After it's all dry I spray with a clear, non-yellowing polyurethane.
Here are the legs ready to mount onto the table. But how............you ask?
I bought these little plates in Home Depot to help attach the four legs. They really made it easy.
- Just locate where you want to place the leg.
- Make four pencil marks for the screws.
- Pre drill four little holes.
- Gently insert the screws.
Legs all in place.
Below are two photos of the finished product. You can see that I used zebra tissue, black tissue and white tissue (the purple paint underneath shows through, which makes it look pretty cool.) All finished, it really looks like a mosaic.
Here is the vanity in the room, minus a chair. Simple, functional and it matches nicely. I think she really liked it too.
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