With its 50's tilework and exposed sink, I call my new bathroom "retro charming." I honestly don't mind the groovy yellow, black, and white tile work- it's very deco, in keeping with the general aesthetic of the building. And though I affectionally deemed the sink my "Waterworks" sink (ha), after a week I discovered it was really, really hard losing under the sink storage and just using a small medicine cabinet. I don't have a *ton* of toiletry stuff, but what I do have I like to keep at my fingertips, not in a closet.
So, I decided to take a page from all those fabulous bathroom and utility room pix I've seen over the years and skirt the sink. Not only would it add some visual appeal, but then I'd be able to reclaim the under-the-sink area for storage.
Since my sink has metal bars extending on each side, it wasn't possible to do one continuous skirt. I needed to do 3 panels. This makes it easier to access the under-the-sink area as well. I decided on "Acrobats" by Duralee because I'd always admired the print and the golden yellow color is spot on with the bathroom tile color. It's nice to have something that sort of blends- it would be hard to introduce a 3rd color into the room. So I cut my 3 panels, adding some extra inches to accomodate pleats.
I also decided to line them to give the panels some heft. This took negligible extra time and the results are worth it. I just used some lining I had left over from another project. After I placed the lining on the fabric, I ironed the edges before sewing them.
I then created a pleat for each corner by just folding the fabric over, and doubling it back. I ironed the pleat well to make sure it stayed nice and crisp. I also ran some stitches over the top of the pleat to make sure it stayed folded.
Now for my secret weapon...stick on velcro!
I stuck the panels on just to make sure we were on track- but somethig was still missing- trim! I just used some bias tape and stitch-witched it on so I didn't have to worry about sewing over the velcro.
A close up of the corner. And look at all that under sink storage I have!
A few notes:
- If you don't have a sewing machine you could definitely make this a no-sew project. But if you have one, I'd definitely just go with the extra step of sewing rather than using stich-witch. The hard/tedious part is measuring, cutting the panels, ironing. Once you get to the sewing part, it's cake. And the sewing really make it look so much better.
- Also, I didn't really worry about length till the very end, after everything was done and hung up and finalized- then I measured for exact length and did the final hemming. Much easier that way!
Now I'm dying to skirt everything in the house! How fab would a skirted vanity be? I'd say this project was on the easy side and paid off- I'd highly recommend tacking this yourself one Saturday afternoon.