Friday, September 11, 2009

Skirt the Issue

The minute we walked in to look at the apartment that became our apartment for the first time, I was smitten. It had a charming treehouse-y vibe, a dreamy kitchen, two working fireplaces, and pretty wood floors. But like any newly-besotted young lover, I allowed myself to overlook a certain number of flaws, as well. Those wood floors were badly scuffed in places, the walls were a frighteningly bright canary yellow, and, worst of all, the downstairs bathroom looked like something out of a tenement: The fixtures are unattractive and work poorly, the floor sports ugly tiles with a "stonewashed jean" effect, and there is absolutely no storage anywhere.
Before we moved into our new place, we had the floors refinished, and we painted the walls a more suitable color, but, since none of our scratcher tickets have come back a winner, we've been all out of luck when it comes to affording a major bathroom renovation. But that doesn't mean I just have to live with it. For a quick fix, I sewed a skirt for the sink to hide the sink's ugly underside, as well as the unsightly plunger and toilet brush. And the project could not be easier- you don't even have to know how to sew. Now, to figure out a way to get rid of that tile...

How to Make a Sink Skirt
You will need:
Measuring tape
Needle and thread or no-sew stich-witchery
Stick-on Velcro patches

1. Measure the height of your sink and the distance around the sink from wall to wall. Buy fabric that suits your bathroom- 1 yard should be enough (or use an old sheet, if you have a pretty one).
2. Cut the fabric to the dimensions of your sink, adding 1 inch to each length (to allow for a 1/2-inch hem all the way around).
3. Fold and iron the hem evenly on each side of the large rectangle, and sew, or use fusible stich-witchery to iron the seams shut.
4. Attach one side of the Velcro to the sink, and the other to the top edge of the skirt.
5. Hide all of your unmentionables under sink.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very cool post!!