No-Sew Pedestal Sink Skirt

Inspired by these two images,


Palmer Weiss


Tom Scheerer

I decided it was time to add a skirt to the ugly pedestal sink in our powder bath.

First I measured.


Then I sat down and came up with a game plan and incorporated my measurements.


I decided to use some indoor/outdoor fabric in a pretty emerald green color.


I did some more measuring and some cutting.


Then I did some ironing. I made my bottom hem 4" to give some extra weight and make a nice drape. The sides were only 2".


After I ironed in all my hems and pleats, I used a small amount of Fabritac to secure all the ironing.


Then I glued white grosgrain around the borders.


Using some clear velcro that I picked up at Home Depot (cheapest source I've found),


I velcroed the middle panel first to the underside of the sink.


and then followed with the side panels. You can see here that I ironed in a pleat on the side panels that makes it so you can easily access the space under the skirt through the middle panel, but it looks continuous when all the panels are in place.



I love how the skirt hides the unsightly plumbing and provides some much-needed storage in our tiny half bath. Also, the outdoor fabric has worked like a charm here. Any water that splashes down from the sink beads right up and is not absorbed. If something ever did stain or leave a mark though, it would be easy to pull the panels off the velcro and put everything in the washer.

83 comments:

Kelly Green said...

OOOOHHHHH - Your cutting and ironing is so perfect - a fantastic fix for your sink! Looks awesome.....KG

Flick, said...

What a great project... you have done it so beautifully and neatly.. perfect for that little spot! Nice job!
:)

Single PAP said...

wow, that is so nice! perfect fit!

SF said...

Beautiful!

Lavender and Lilies said...

It looks great. It's amazing how that changed the entire look of your bath.

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

Looks awesome. Cannot believe you didn't even have to sew. Great job!

pve design said...

Glad you are feeling better and back to your old tricks of transforming and DIY projects.
pve

Amanda said...

How gorgeous is that?! I could definitely use this trick in my home! Thank you!!

Tanya and Colin said...

Great job!

LeahBK said...

Love this!! How do you find the time with three little ones? So amazing!

Bex said...

You are seriously a genius.

Anne said...

It looks great!!! Thanks so much for sharing your skills with your readers!

Black Zebra said...

Amazing stuff:-)

paula said...

It gave your bath a whole new life, very chic.

Megan said...

That turned out so cute! It makes me wish I had a pedestal sink so I could make one too!

~Megan

keely @ luxe + lillies said...

OH MY GOODNESS! that is simply awesome! How great that this doesn't include any sewing... I am forever impressed by your DIY skills! I recently followed your directions on making a fabric covered corkboard and it came out soooo cute! Thanks!

Melissa said...

Brilliant!

Anna/Quilted Giraffe said...

Very nice! I have an old bookshelf that I've been meaning to make a skirt for-- something like the first photo you posted. Maybe now I'll actually do it. ;-)

Leah said...

looks great & it is getting to where i expect nothing less! thanks for always giving instructions.

Sharon said...

Great job! I love corner sinks.

theartfulabode said...

wow! such a quick project but such a dramatic change. love it!

Ms. Bright said...

what a transformation! I love how nice and neat it looks now!

Marija said...

GREAT color choice. I love the wide band. This is awesome! Marija

rachelshingleton said...

LOVE it! I'm wishing I could've seen this a few years ago when we had a bathroom sink very similar to this It would've looked a lot better!

M said...

amazing! love the color.

KatyO! said...

thank you SO much for posting this!! I have been meaning to do this with our old bathroom sink for a year now ... this just gave me the motivation :-)

Becky said...

lack of storage is SUCH a problem with those pedestal sinks. we had one in our first (tiny) 1 br & I hated it. This is a good idea if I ever come across one in the future - thanks

Casey said...

Did you find that you had issues sticking the velcro to the porcelain? I was considering doing the same thing to our bathroom sink, but have it in my head that the velcro would come un-glued... especially because our sink doesn't have a lip to it, so I will have to adhese the velcro to the outside of the sink on the smooth porcelain.

layersofmeaning said...

Love it!
Great job as usual!

Anna See said...

Yowzaa!! I am in love with this. The color is gorgeous. Kind of wish I had some ugly pipes to cover. Fabulous!

K & Co. said...

I love reading your blog and getting such great tips on diy projects. You are so incredibly creative.
You rock!

keep up the great work. You are such an inspiration!!

Kristina from K & Co. in Stockholm, Sweden
www.kandco.se

Bailey @ peppermintbliss said...

Saving this in my DIY file, thanks!!

The Brick Cottage said...

Awesome! It's so pretty now. I have to say, I'm always quite happy when you post a project from your house--you never cease to amaze me!

Caroline said...

Wow; When I heard "sink skirt" I thought "tacky and ugly." You sure proved me wrong! Great work!! = )

Jenny at LGN said...

Hi Casey - I didn't have any problems with the velcro at all. There is an 'industrial strength' velcro strip available too that might be a good option for you.

Good luck!
jenny

Particulars said...

You are so handy! Each entry is so much fun to read!

Anonymous said...

hi jenny! i love your blog and this is a great project!! i think you should be visible the labels so i can find the post i look for(sorry for my bad grammar, a spanish follower) Virginia Holmes :D

MB said...

Wow, could you fly to England and help out an expat!?! Beautiful work ~ as always! I have a quick question... If you were going to decorate a dining room from scratch where would you start? Carpet, table, lighting...I'm just not sure where to begin. All the best, MB

Averill said...

I love the color you chose! I'm a big believer in outdoor fabrics -- in fact, I had my banquette covered in Sunbrella fabric and it's been a life saver. (I have a very messy husband and puppy!)

Laurie Jones said...

Fun and cute, I love the color!

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

What a difference! It looks fantastic. You are such an inspiration!

Katherine said...

I wasn't a big fan of sink skirts because I've only seen really bad ones before, but this is awesome.

modGIRL said...

Fabulous!

S + V said...

This is EXACTLY what I need to do for our bathroom! Thanks for the ideas!

Jules said...

I love it. I might do this in our powder room. In mine, however, I have an original 50s buttercup yellow sink and toilet. Oh, I know. You're insanely jealous. I can't blame you.

Michele/Sentimental Heart said...

Oh my gosh AMAZING!!!
I am always stunned by the awesomeness on here.

HeatherWasHere said...

I have been following your blog for a little while now and wanted to say that I really appreciate how you give names and sources of products/supplies you use. Very helpful. The pictures of the supplies are even MORE helpful! I am in the middle of a pelmet project and am so far very pleased with the results.

Decor I Adore.... said...

Perfect! Makes me want to have a sink just like that one, only to be able to have a sink skirt :)

amyks said...

Cute Skirt Jenny. love that it is no sew.

Petertammenson said...

Crisp, clean, tailored! Love it! Especially the great contrast with the white!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

This looks fantastic...really transformed the whole room! I did a similar post Tuesday.

casey at loft and cottage said...

Lovely idea, and finished so perfectly! Thanks for the tutorial!

Sarah La Rose said...

Between you and Camila at High Heeled Foot in the Door I'm learning so much! I love this idea! It looks gorgeous! Great colour!

Rachel Leigh said...

I think I will be trying this for my printer stand and my pups kennel! Thanks for the great idea.
theraquelita.wordpress.com

Lisa D. said...

Just found your blog this afternoon & had to say that I've really enjoyed reading it. Thanks for the inspiration! Great job on the sink!

Whitney said...

That looks awesome. Great job!

annabelle said...

Wow! I wonder if I could apply is to the crazy little triangular sink/vanity in the house we're about to buy. No visible plumbing, but the whole piece is pretty clunky and blah.

Megan @ Megity's Handmade said...

I love it when you do your projects in your house! I'm still waiting to hear what you did with that screen. We are looking at that screen to see if it would make a good headboard for my bedroom. You have a knack for making the inexpensive DIY look like a million bucks!

Alli said...

You make things look too easy! Super cute idea!!

Michelle said...

Wow, you are so cool, you make it all seem so easy! I love the look, great bathroom make over! Is that the Girl in the Flowers print in the last photo?

molly susan strong said...

I was wanting to make one too. Love the clean lines! I am a painter...not a sewer so this is perfect!

Katie said...

Great job! It looks like a different bathroom! Love it!

Lisa said...

Very impressive! Great idea to use the outdoor material. I'm usually anti-pedestal sinks from a practical point of view but I love how you created storage.

Lindsay Edward said...

TOO CUTE! It looks so fresh and and chic! Your bathroom looks completely different.

Pine Tree Home said...

I love she color. So different and looks so stunning. I am a new sewer...how do you ever get such straight cuts? Practice make perfect?

For Every Bird a Nest said...

I love your projects! Your blog inspired me and several of my friends to take a furniture refinishing class! Thank you for allowing us to use your ideas to better our homes on a modest budget! Many husbands have you to thank!

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

Love it! The outdoor fabric is genius!

Catherine Hansen Peart said...

Just perfect!

Sarah said...

i am in awe of you and think you are amazing! such a nice job. thanks for sharing!

Tammy said...

That looks awesome!!! Thanks for sharing!

Rachel said...

Wow, that looks fantastic!

Sunni R. said...

You have the best ideas and implementation! Thanks for showing us that you don't have to have an unlimited budget to bring style to our lives.

Summer said...

OK, I really just don't know how you do all this; blog, design business, new baby, personal projects. I feel a bit slacker-like in comparison.
Question-your personal interior shots always look so well-illuminated. Do you use some kind of lighting, or do you wait for the right time of day? Cheers! -Summer @
www.modernhaus.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

what a great job. so pretty too.

Elizabeth said...

It looks so good! I could use these directions to put a skirt around a lot of unsightly things around here :)

Janie aka Jane, Juana said...

beautiful, would love the monogrammed hand towels!

rhino2 said...

I love your DIY projects... even better when they are no-sew!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Rachel Leigh said...

I have attached a post of my own "skirt." Thanks so much for the tutorial!
theraquelita.wordpress.com/2010/02/23/new-skirt-for-my-printer-cart/

FĂȘ Dutra said...

Uau!
Amazing.
This project is very creative.
I am post your tutorial in my blog. Ok?

Casey said...

I finally made my own sink skirt with the industrial velcro! However, I did sew the skirt since I wanted a gathered look. Thanks again for the tip!

http://smazzle.blogspot.com/2010/03/before-after-story-of-sink.html

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Anonymous said...

This is the BEST sink skirt tutorial online. Trust me, I've been searching for a while now! I'm going to make this one for my UGLY wall-mounted sink :)
I hate the skirts that look like little kid Easter dresses, all poofy and frilly.

Anonymous said...

What a clever idea! I'm going to do this project this weekend. Thanks!

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