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A Cabinetmaker's Turn of the Century Bathroom

Listing #3890   Listed on: 06/01/2012

Company Name: Hudson Cabinetmaking, Inc.

Contact Name:   Russell Hudson
Website:   www.hudsoncabinetmaking.com/

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When we bought the house, the old bathroom had a Formica covered vanity and a linen closet which occupied a fifth of the interior space. When I finally got around to it, we gutted the entire room and could now start from scratch. We wanted a turn-of-the-century look so I built wainscot from beadboard to surround the room.


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I made a small door (to the left, in the shot above) that gives me access to the shower fixture and plumbing inside that wall (as long as I was at it, I thought I’d do it right).

 
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Bathrooms can be somewhat sterile so we hung pictures and small objects to warm it up.

 
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As there’s never enough room to hang towels, we shopped around for some cool looking hooks and used the back of the door.

 
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We used radius edged tiles for the shower and the vanity’s counter top. Here is a close-up of the wainscot meeting the tile.

 
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I fabricated a towel rack and tissue holder for a strictly functional, turn-of-the-century look.

 
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Towel rack.

 
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We purchased a medicine cabinet with mirrored doors. I sunk it into the wall and wrapped it with casing to make it appear like a framed mirror. I used the space inside an adjacent wall to give us more storage and made a special little door for it.

 
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Another view of the mirrored door medicine cabinet.

 
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With the linen closet removed, I now had a long wall to build a serious vanity along. Drawers are so much more useful in a bathroom than door cabinets so I built it with fourteen drawers and a single door for the sink cab.

 
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The larger drawers I built as pull out shelves so we could place cloth lined baskets within.

 
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The cabinet that holds the sink invariably has a door with a single, false drawer front above it (to hide the side of the sink). A while back I had saved one of the hand carved panels from a folding room divider (which I disassembled to use in a kitchen). I finally found the perfect place for this little beauty.

 
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After we did the floor tiles, we placed one of my wife’s floor cloths (painted canvas) to make it easier on bare feet during winter mornings. A light mustard color for the walls and a dark green for the wainscot. It’s a handsome little room now with lots of storage for all the things you’d ever need in the bathroom.

If you'd like, visit our website.

 
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Kitchen Counter Backsplash Tile

 
Viewer Comments:


Posted By: Don Z     [06/01/2012]
This is flawless. Very impressive. Is the rest of the house done in an older theme as this or was it a stand alone room?


Posted By: Russell Hudson     [06/01/2012]
Thanks Don. Here is the link to the den in my home: http://www.woodweb.com/galleries/project/posts/3172.html
Also, here's a link to my kitchen
http://hudsoncabinetmaking.com/blog1/2011/01/
Check out the kitchen first, I think you'll like it.


Posted By: Tom Powers     [06/23/2012]
Excellent work! Let me know if you ever need AutoCAD support from an old woodworker.

Tom Powers

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tom-powers/18/629/334



Posted By: Russell Hudson     [06/23/2012]
AutoCAD is for craftsmen that can't draw one and two point perspectives. I know it can be a help for multiple amendments but my three dimensional hand drawings land more clients. Appreciate the offer.


Posted By: Greg     [06/25/2012]
All top quality work! I'm particularly impressed by your design skills. Is there anywhere I can see a closer-up picture of the tile behind your kitchen counter?


Posted By: Russell Hudson     [07/10/2012]
One of the administrators posted a cell phone shot I took of the kitchen tile backsplash. Hope that works for ya, Greg.

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