A dark cherry wooden vanity has been installed but it came without any
shelves. The lumber yards, hardware stores and "big boxes" would only
have ~5/8" thick "bookshelf type" ones in "standard" colors.
I'd like to achieve better color match and go with ~1/4" thick plywood
(the finished shelf size should be 12"x21"). I am wondering what could
be a source of such of material, preferrably, pre-dyed?
??? Is this a bathroom vanity you are asking about? Is this shelves for
the cabinet part below? If so, and they are behind a door, I'd go with
wire shelves hung on the little clips, so you can get them out of the
way to work on the plumbing. Wood shelves inside a vanity live short
lives, because it always damp in there. Wire shelves don't have that
problem. If this is for some sort of above-the-counter shelving, I have
never seen a vanity come with those, unless maybe as a kit with a
matching medicine cabinet and/or mirror. Take a door off to carry with
you as a color match, and go visit all the local dealers and see what
they have. A specialty kitchen/bath dealer will have a wider selection
than a big box store. Most expensive choice- most towns have a custom
cabinet and millwork shop, that can match anything. But you will pay, there.
It's a bathroom vanity, and a wire shelf seems a good choice: chrome
finish would match the pipes.
However, I would not bet on finding one with such an odd width (21").
What is the trick to cut to the desired size preserving a
Agreed, but maybe the shelf length is what you would get in a cheaper
metal or wood medicine cabinet, and it would be cheaper to just buy
the metal/wood cabinet only for the shelves. I am thinking, based on
some recent tempered glass I had made up, that each shelf would cost
at least $25 if you have them custom cut and then tempered.
???? Glass shelves inside a low enclosed cabinet? In an area with poor
lighting, water, and barefoot people? Does this vanity not have doors on
the front? I've never seen an open-front vanity, but I suppose such
things may exist.
Any store that sells 'closet system' stuff will be able to provide
suitable wire shelving. 12" deep by 21" wide will be no problem. They
can cut the 12" stock to length. 21" deep by 12" may take some hunting.
They also will have all sorts of preformed little baskets and trays and
hooks and such to match. White plastic-coated is the most popular, but
other colors, chrome, and brush nickel, are out there. This is hidden
space, folks. Durability, cleanability, and air flow are the things to
look for. IMHO, anyway.
Personally, I would just get the closest-fit plastic restaurant tub (the
gray things the busboys use), slide that in the vanity, and call it
done. The tub protects against leaking containers of bowl cleaner and
such, and against the inevitable drain trap leak. And it is a lot easier
to find stuff down there by sliding the tub out like a drawer, than by
bending over and banging your head, or kneeling with bare knees on a
We used birch in our cupboards and matched the color by staining.
They are slide-out drawers and this would be most beneficial under the
sink. 3/8", I think, which is more than enuf. Hardware was bought at
Good luck. AnnE staining is easy, ya know! <G>
You can get all sorts of veneer plywood at any of the woodworking
stores like Rockler.
They even sell through Amazon if you didn't want to go to one locally. :)
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
Its fairly easy to stain something like a shelf and match the colors.
Then followup with some poly.
You'd probably want to edgeband it some too, but Rockler would have
some of the iron on stuff too.
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