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OscarG

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I have a little bit of space either side of a vanity unit in my bathroom. I was thinking of making a free standing small (10" wide) shelving unit to go either side of the cabinet to give myself some much needed storage.

Would MDF be an ok material, I was planning to paint it but would it still swell/get ruined by high moisture environment like a bathroom?
 

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Oscar,

I've made a number of items out of mdf for bathroom use (painted of course) and never had any movement issues.
 

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Exposed to the higher humidity of a bathroom, MR MDF will be fine.

Exposed to the potential splashes etc. Adjacent to a sink, I'd be less certain, it depends how conscientious the users of said bathroom are about not leaving water standing on the surface.
 

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Cheers guys!

Ah we're definitely (we'll certainly me) splashers!

Maybe I better get the MR stuff or put a waterproof top on it.

That melamine faced MDF any good?
 

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Cheers Bob, is exterior MDF and moisture resistant MDF the same stuff? Thought I'd check as it looks like I can easily get that green moisture resitant stuff from Wickes.

In your firm's bathrooms I suppose you'd have a stone finish on top of any cabinet near a sink?
 

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OscarG":2g1xbp31 said:
Cheers Bob, is exterior MDF and moisture resistant MDF the same stuff? Thought I'd check as it looks like I can easily get that green moisture resitant stuff from Wickes.

In your firm's bathrooms I suppose you'd have a stone finish on top of any cabinet near a sink?
No exterior grade and MR grade are different. As a worktop I'd use exterior if the client wanted a MDF top.
 
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