Evidently my new wood countertop that I made for my bathroom vanity didn’t like having her cracks exposed to the world. Or at least that’s what my mom told me.
Well, okay…maybe she didn’t word it quite like that.
(It’s possible that I’ve breathed too many fumes lately. I’m feeling a bit loopy. LOL)
Anywho…I do remember her mentioning cracks, and then there was something about toothpaste, and then there were a bunch of other words that all boiled down to, “Kristi, how the heck are you going to keep that countertop clean?”
And while I’ve never been the queen of practicality, I realized that my mom did have a good point. (Just this time, Mom! Don’t let this go to your head!)
So yesterday, I made my fifteenth trip to Home Depot this week, and picked up some wood filler. I still wanted the cracks to look darker, like they naturally did when I just stained them, so I picked up this walnut wood filler.
They didn’t have the tubs of walnut filler (I guess only the natural color wood filler comes in the tub sizes), so I had to grab one of these squeeze tubes. I really don’t like these, especially if I’m needing to fill in quite a bit of space.
So after wrestling with the darn tube, squeezing with all my might to get enough out to fill those gaps, feeling my attitude shifting southward, and hearing some unladylike words roll off my tongue (don’t worry, Mom…I didn’t say those words!!) , I finally came to my senses and just whacked the top of the tube off.
Then the process was very quick. I slathered the wood filler in all of the cracks, and as you can see, I used a liberal amount.
But it was nothing that my electric sander couldn’t handle! So after everything was dry, it only took a few minutes to sand it down smoothly.
Then, I decided to go darker with the stain color. I’m sad to say that the original stain I used actually turned a bit orange over the next day. And if you know me BUT.AT.ALL, then you know I hate orange or orangish-yellow wood.
So I went back to my standard. Minwax Special Walnut. And I’m so glad I did, because I absolutely love it!
And all’s well that ends well, right? Now my mom can sleep peacefully at night without having nightmares of toothpaste getting stuck in the cracks of my vanity countertop.
And did you see my doors and drawer fronts? I finished those up yesterday as well. I posted an update on yesterday’s post, and then shared it on my Facebook page. But here’s a peek for those of you who missed it. The view in the picture I posted as an update to yesterday’s post shows them a bit better.
So , barring any unforeseen circumstances, as well as any follow up emails from my mom with concerns about toothpaste getting stuck in other areas , I should now be free to move on to paint next. Here’s hoping that tomorrow will reveal a completely finished bathroom vanity!