When I first moved in & started getting situated, I picked out a piece of black walnut to be my bathroom counter. A friend of the family, Alfredo, took the wood & ran it through a planer and got it sanded all purty for me.
The piece stood against the wall in the bathroom for over a year. I was skeered! The wood was so beautiful and perfect, I was afraid to cut it. Making the mantle gave me courage and confidence to move to the counter.
Above is the frame Michael built for me for the counter.
Above is where I committed to the project and cut the end of the wood. It caused me great anxiety.
I set it for measurement. Tango wanted to help:
The start cut for the sink hole – trust me, every cut I did caused intense anxiety and stress. I was so scared I was going to screw it up!
Now it was time to start with the varnish. I used satin spar varnish.
I was getting excited! Now I had to make a splash guard to go with it. I went to the wood pile and selected a piece that was narrow enough that I would only have to rip it once. I then used joining pieces for each side so they would match in the corners.
Once I cut the pieces, I set them in place to see:
I finished these pieces with varnish also. When everything was ready to be assembled, I used some simple L brackets to attach the top to the frame. It sat nicely, but I didn’t want anything moving.
I installed the faucet to the sink, then the sink to the countertop like a pro. I mean, I expect HDTV to call me any day now.
Here is the final picture. It’s not a true final look, as the caulk that is white in the picture, dried clear – so use your imagination:
The next project is that I am going to paint the bathroom walls, so the counter is more noticeable. It kind of gets lost against the dark wood walls. I will leave the ceiling and trim the original dark. I will use a wash type paint, so the beauty of the wood won’t be lost behind paint.
Until next project…..or ghost story…..