Here’s how we added the live edge top to the GODMORGON vanity
Get a piece of live edge timber that you like and that will fit your IKEA GODMORGON cabinet. I’d recommend that you get your local sawmill to cut and kiln dry the wood to avoid the wood warping and cracking. (That happened to ours when we let it dry naturally in our garage.)
Use the templates that come with your sinks to mark the cutouts for the holes. Make sure the sink is positioned correctly under or in front of the faucets.
Then, cut out the holes for your sinks. If the wood you chose is very thick, you may need to get (or rent) a heavy duty saw. (We rented one from Home Depot.)
Now that the wood is cut, you’re ready to sand. Start with a rough grade (around 80) and work your way up to a fine grade sandpaper (around 180). Sand till all the rough edges are removed and the wood is smooth as silk.
Vacuum to remove dust and finish with a lint free cloth.
Next, it’s time to seal it. I’d recommend using an oil-based polyurethane, as it tends to sink into the grain better than a water-based polyurethane.
Install your sink cabinet. The live edge timber countertop can be extremely heavy, so I would highly recommend extra support for it in addition to the cabinet. (If you’re unsure, please consult a professional contractor.)
Add on handles. We chose to apply long chrome handles in a minimalist design to add a bit of extra detail and make them look even more high-end.
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