Since I’m not able to get the trim I need for my original bathroom vanity and storage cabinet design that I wanted, I had to come up with a Plan B. It’s always a little disheartening when you’re designing a room and you have your heart set on something, and then you have to move to a Plan B because that generally requires settling for something that’s a bit less than what you originally wanted.
I really wanted to take my time and search for an idea that wouldn’t make me feel like I was settling. After all, we’ve already poured tens of thousands of dollars into this master bathroom, and I’d rather not get to this last big project — the project that will span a 12-foot-long wall — and feel like I had to settle for second best. I didn’t want to feel that slight twinge of disappointment every time I walk into that room.
The good news is that I’ve found it. Yes, this is a Plan B, but I actually don’t feel at all like it’s second best. And the best news of all is that I already have everything I need to make this style of drawer front.
So here’s the new design. This is from Sean’s Woodworking.
I love this!! It’s definitely on the streamlined and modern side, where my original design was decidedly more traditional. But I really love this. It gives me the trimmed look around the drawers that I like, while the narrow frame keeps it from looking “farmhouse” like the wider framed cabinet doors and drawers look (to me). And I do love that clean look. I think these will be a great juxtaposition to the traditional turned legs that I’ll be using on the vanities.
And last night as I was getting into bed, I realized that this style looks a whole lot like the drawers on our bedside tables…
Those are a little harder to see since they’re a solid white, but they have that same thin frame around them. The frames around the drawers will be much easier to see in natural wood since the wood grain will show. But seeing this detail on these bedside tables did confirm to me that I’ve already liked this style enough to put it in our home.
Also, about a month ago, I was checking out the BOXI by Semihandmade website, thinking that those cabinets might be an option for the studio. Since then, I’ve decided against that option. But at the time, I chose this style, which I think is called the Peppercorn Edge. You can see more pictures of this style here.
It’s not exactly the same as the top picture and our bedside tables (it looks like this Peppercorn Edge detail is narrower than the frame around the drawers in the first picture and on our bedside tables), but it’s the same general idea. And that was just another thing to confirm in my mind that this is, in fact, a style that I seem to naturally be drawn to since I keep choosing it again and again.
So that’s the plan! And the best thing is that I don’t feel the least bit disappointed. I feel super excited about it! I’m still very nervous to start cutting that walnut lumber and veneer. But at least I know that if I mess up, it might cost me more money (which I wouldn’t be thrilled about), but at least the product is actually available.
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BobbiAugust 11, 2022 at 11:35 am
I’m glad you were able to come up with a new design you’re happy with, but surprised you’re not making the moulding you originally wanted. Making moulding is so simple.
Kristi LinauerAugust 11, 2022 at 11:47 am
Making larger, wider molding might be so simple, but I highly doubt that making tiny molding with a 1/4″ x 3/8″ profile is so simple.
BobbiAugust 11, 2022 at 4:55 pm
It actually is very easy, I do it all the time. Plane a piece of wood to 3/8″ thick, route the detail on the edge of board, on the table saw rip the detailed edge to 1/4″, you now have a piece of 3/8″ x 1/4″ moulding. Go back to the router table and route the freshly ripped edge, back to the table saw to rip cut if off. Continue until your board is too thin that you’re comfortable working with. You can easily reverse the measurements to plane your wood to 1/4″ and rip to 3/8″, just depends on your router bit profile.
Crystal Griffith RNAugust 11, 2022 at 11:40 am
This option looks more high end to me than your first choice. Understated and elegant.
AlyAugust 11, 2022 at 11:41 am
I love this new option so much more than the one you had as plan A, which I also liked. So happy you found what makes you happy without settling and now you can keep going on the project. You are inspiring!
MarlaAugust 11, 2022 at 11:42 am
That will look great.
I stopped using the phrase plan B years ago when my kids were small. Instead our family decided “ equally as great” because plan B sounded like something you had to settle for.
BarbaraAugust 11, 2022 at 12:16 pm
Love how you turned that phrase around, I’m going to start using it (with your permission☺️).
And Kristi, I love your equally as great plan. No qualifiers needed.
JudyAugust 11, 2022 at 11:45 am
I’m surprised – I love this detail too and I’m mostly a traditional/classical gal! I think it’s the grain of the wood that really makes it special. Can’t wait to see how the vanity progresses!
Elaine NessAugust 11, 2022 at 11:50 am
Looks more elegant and it doesn’t steal the thunder from the mural, which is the focal point of the bathroom. And, it seems easier to clean. Equal: form and function. Win-win. Not a compromise at all.
Good for you!
Joan HornungAugust 11, 2022 at 12:10 pm
I think that is, at the very least, equal to Plan A. Congratulations to finding something equal and absolutely doable with your extreme talent. Now we will look forward to the next step of the awesome master bathroom project. I’m so happy for you.
elleAugust 11, 2022 at 1:39 pm
Love this plan! It looks elegant and will be a wonderful finishing touch to your bathroom.
Lauranette LewellenAugust 11, 2022 at 11:49 pm
Is it wallpaper in your bedroom or is that something you stenciled?
Kristi LinauerAugust 12, 2022 at 11:03 am
It’s a hand drawn design using an overhead projector and gold and white acrylic paint pens. You can see the details here:
And you can find a printable version of the design I used here:
Sandra CardosoAugust 12, 2022 at 4:11 pm
Love the new design. Looks like the design of your credenza (minus the handles).