converting a desk to a bathroom vanity

Old 01-25-07, 02:36 PM
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Cool converting a desk to a bathroom vanity

We want to convert a circa 1940 kidney shaped desk into a bathroom vanity with a vessel sink.

Any suggestions on waterproofing the top. I believe it is mahogany veneer. There is no damage that needs to be repaired. We thought about putting a leather look formica on it but can't find anything that looks decent.
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You will likely want a urethane finish. Many recommend an oil-based spar urethane. Although for outdoor projects, it is often used on vanities, windowsills, and outdoor furniture. You will want a non-yellowing product like Wood Tuff which is low odor and low VOC. Oil-based urethanes are more durable than water-based. Most tend to yellow or amber. Water-based urethanes are non-yellowing.
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Regular poly/varnish would be preferred over spar varnish/poly - it dries harder/ more scratch resistant.

Be sure to also coat the edge where it is cut out for the bowl.

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