If a view of the pipes under the sink isn't your idea of chic room decor, cover up that unsightly area with a homemade sink skirt. Removable fabric panels hide those pipes, the plunger or anything else you'd like to tuck away. The best part is that the project requires no sewing.
Before running out to buy fabric, measure the space between the sink and floor to determine just how much you'll need. Measure the depth of the sink from the back to front, as well as the width across the front. Measure from the floor to halfway up the sink as well. Write down all the measurements on paper; then add at least 2 inches in all directions to accommodate a hem and any adjustments.
Finding a Fabric
While you could use just about any fabric to make the sink skirt, a thick fabric with some weight to it hangs nicely and won't show off what's on the other side the way a thin, translucent fabric might. Upholstery fabric or canvas are two weighty options, or you could upcycle some old coffee bean or grain sacks for a rustic touch.
Making the Skirt Panels
Mark out three fabric panels according to the measurements you took of the sink. Use a large straightedge and fabric pen on the reverse side of each piece to plot the cuts. Write on a piece of masking tape, stuck to each panel, to note where the panel belongs; you can remove the tape later. Hold each panel up against its respective side of the sink to determine how much fabric to fold over to create hems. Use paperclips or pins to temporarily keep the folds in place. Use iron-on hem tape inside each fold to create a permanent, neat-looking hem.
Hanging It Up
Hang each panel of the sink skirt up using a commercial-grade stick-on hook-and-loop tape. Stick the adhesive from one side of the tape strip onto each side of the sink -- making sure the tape is straight first -- then stick the other side onto the back of each skirt panel. Add a stitch or two in the corners, through the portion of the hook-and-loop tape stuck to the fabric, to help ensure the tape stays put.
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