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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Skirting the Issue (Namely, My Bathroom Sink)

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!

Note to sewers- don't try to stitch through sticky back velcro. Just stick it right on the fabric and let it be. Your sewing machine will NOT be happy trying to stitch through this.

Next I stuck the "rough" side of the velcro to the sink. Easy breezy.

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.


And the finished result:

A close up of the corner. And look at all that under sink storage I have!



I also made a matching pelmet that was so easy I won't even dignify it with a post- wrap fabric/batting around a piece of stiff cardboard or playwood, staple gun, hang up. End of story.

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.


18 comments:

Nichole @ Parlour said...

I have a sink very similar to yours in my new apartment. I was planning on doing this as well. Nice to see it turn out so well! Gives me a little confidence! ( =

bluehydrangea said...

Everybody looks better in a skirt! Love it!

Denise said...

I love your bathroom, love the fabric selection, and, more importantly, I love that you chose to work with what you have. I would not change this bathroom. I am loving the retro look.


Denise
Extreme Personal Measures

Krista said...

Looks great! I'm loving the shower curtain too. Very Kate Spade. Did you make it as well?

Danielle said...

Adore you bathroom and you did a bang up job on the skirt! I have a 75 year old home and unfortunately the dude you owned it before me gutting the bathrooms and put in ugly crap...very dark wood pottery barn with earth tone tiles. Give me a vintage bathroom, even in pink, any day! Also, this is purely a taste preference, but I think white towels may look a little better. I'm so sorry, just my two cents...the yellow towels look great, but I just think I would want to hight light the incredible skirt and chic shower curtain instead. xx Danielle

Anonymous said...

Looks great!

kayce hughes said...

We have the same sink! I also learned the hard way about sewing machines not being fond of sticky velcro. Your bathroom looks beautiful!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

That turned out so well -LOVE your bathroom! The skirting helps soften it and such a gorgeous choice!

priscilla said...

I love your bathroom. You did a great job.

Anonymous said...

OM goodness is all I csn say! What an improvement! You are very clever, and you inspire us! Thank you!

Alena said...

Such a great idea to skirt it for more storage. Looks fabulous.

traci zeller designs said...

That looks amazing!!!

traci zeller designs said...

That looks amazing!!! The skirt makes the whole bathroom work.

Baylor Love said...

Thank you!! So cute!! I have a laundry sink I've been meaning to tackle but just haven't felt like figuring it out...this is a great how-to.

Ms. Givens said...

You did great!

Anonymous said...

Quick question - I have a half a dozen DYI projects I'd like to try, but don't have a sewing machine and am pretty hesitant to buy a random one without a recommendation. Do you have any preferences? I need something for basics, hopefully something small since my little NYC apartment is short on storage space...

I'd love any advice!

Rene said...

We not only have the same sink, but also the same tile. Your sink skirt is wonderful. I tried this before, but it didn't turn out very well. Might have to give it another try now that I have seen yours.

-Rene

The Vintique Object said...

Your project makes me wish I had a sink to skirt. The fabric you chose is gorgeous and absolutely perfect! We have the same tiling in our bathroom in California, and I'm wondering how I could put that fabric to good use. When we were in DC, we had pink and black. Pink is all the rage now, but six years ago, it was a bit of a challenge! Anyway, thanks for the tutorial.

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