Organise your bathroom
Make a bathroom cabinet large enough to store your cosmetics in a tidy and organised fashion.
By Roelof Strydom
Drill, drill bits and screwdriver bits
One length 1 760mm x 450mm
Two lengths 1 760mm x 300mm
Two lengths 450mm x 452mm
Five lengths 418mm x 300mm
Estimated time: A weekend
2.90 square metres of MDF
Step 1: Construct a large rectangle by putting the sides, top and bottom together. The top and bottom should go between the two sides. Therefore, screw the face of the sides to the edges of the top and bottom pieces.
The width of the sides is 300mm, so drill 3mm pilot holes at the 50mm, 150mm and 250mm marks. This will prevent the edge of the top and bottom parts from splitting when the screws are attached.
Countersink each of the holes to enable the screw heads to go below the wood’s surface. Put some wood glue on the edges of the top and bottom pieces and place them against the face of the sides. Once everything is flush, screw it all together. I used 3.5mm screws.
Step 2: Before the three shelves can be installed, you first need to mark where they should go. The distance between the shelves is 420mm. From the inside of the top piece measure 420mm downwards on both sides and mark it.
With the rectangle standing on the bottom piece, place the first shelf in place and secure it with a clamp. Do not make the clamp too tight as you will need to make adjustments to the shelf to get it level. Once the shelf is level, drill pilot holes through the sides and countersink the holes again.
Now secure the shelf in place by screwing it to the sides. To get the mark for the second shelf, measure 420mm downwards from the inside of the first shelf. Once the second shelf is in place, do the same for the third shelf.
Step 3: For the backboard choose which side you want as the front and place it on the ground with the back facing upwards. Put some wood glue all around the edge of the cabinet as well as on the edges of the shelves.
Now place the backboard onto the cabinet. Again drill 3mm pilot holes around the edge and where the backboard touches the shelves. Countersink these holes as well. Now fasten the backboard to the cabinet.
Step 4: Flip the cabinet onto the backboard so you can attach the doors. This cabinet only has two doors; one at the bottom and the second at the top. Place the hinges on the edge of the cabinet’s side. Transfer the screw holes from the hinge onto the cabinet. Once again drill pilot holes and then fasten the hinge to the cabinet. Do this with all four hinges.
Step 5: To get an indication of where the hinges should sit on the door, close the hinges and place the door on the hinges while making sure the door is flush with the cabinet all around.
With a pencil, mark where the hinges sit on the inside of the door. Now take the door off and flip it over so the inside is facing upwards. Line up the hinges with the marks you made and transfer the screw holes onto the door.
Drill pilot holes and screw the door in place. Remember to use shorter screws than before, otherwise they will push through the door.
Step 6: To get the placement for the feet draw a line 35mm inwards from the side all around the bottom of the cabinet. Drill pilot holes and once again use shorter screws to fasten the feet to the cabinet.
Step 7: I placed the door handles in the top right-hand corner of the doors. Depending on the handles used, drill holes in the door the same distance as the screw holes of the handles. These were 100mm. With the holes drilled fasten the handles with the provided screws from the inside of the doors.
Step 8: Time to prime. Because this cabinet will be standing in a bathroom that has a wet environment, the cabinet needs to be properly primed. We used Prominent Paints Ultra Prime.
It is easier to first paint the inside corners with a small paintbrush and then move on to a paint roller. After applying the first coat of primer you will see that the wood underneath is still visible in some places. It is recommended to give it a second coat of primer. Leave the primer to dry for at least 18 hours.
Step 9: Paint the bathroom cabinet in the colour of your choice.
Before you start painting, cover all the trimmings, such as door handles, hinges and feet, with masking tape to protect them from the paint.
The finished bathroom cabinet
Cut the boards to size or have them cut by the wood merchant.
Measure and mark where to drill the holes.
Countersink all the holes to hide the screw heads.
To get the position for the shelves on the outside, measure 436mm from the top.
The inside measurement between the shelves is 420mm
Screw all the shelves in place.
Screw the backboard to the cabinet and secure it with multiple screws.
Fasten the hinges to the cabinet and then to the doors.
Attach both doors to the cabinet.
Fit the feet to feet to the bottom of the cabinet. This will keep the cabinet out of reach of water.
Fit the handles to the right-hand corner of each door.
Prime the entire cabinet. It is easier to paint the inside corners with a paintbrush first as it is difficult to get into the corners with a roller.
Give the cabinet at least two coats of primer.