Bathroom Facelifts

Is your Bathroom suffering from a beauty crisis?
Give it a cosmetic lift with today's best styles and colors.


SHINY WARES
Chrome doorknobs, drawer pulls, towel hooks, curtain rings, and a curtain rod and other new accessories help bring out the gray tiles in the floor.

SHELL SHEAT
A sheer cotton batiste slipcover softens the trendy metal shelves, which provide ample storage or the small space. Not as lick as typical sheer fabric, cotton batiste is easy to work with and comes in various patterns.

MAT MAGIC
Your feet will love the soft landing this cushy bath mat offers. To make it, start with a standard pillow sham in the same pattern as your sheets. This mat is embelished with strips of leftover tangerine gingham. Stuff with thin batting. Press under the raw edges of gingam, adding a length of gorgrain ribbon to each side, sew them to sham's edges. To finish, hand-sew the back opening closed.

FRESH FACE MAKE-OVER
New custom-built birch doors and drawer fronts make a difference. The recessed panels offer a clean, simple look and hot pink paint provides imperative punch that's easy to change.

SHOWER POWER
Fabric strips in a medley of colors are sewn together to create a stylish sheer curtain. Pink toilet adds unexpected appeal and complements the vanity.

SMART ART
You can paint like a pro with the inventive technique used to paint a butterfly. From a catalog, coloring book, or other source, select a picture. Photocopy to the desired size. Color the back of the photocopy using a graphite pencil. Place the graphite side on the wall where you want the picture to appear. Transfer the picture to the wall by tracing it from the front side with a pencil. Fill in with color using the artist's brushes and craft paints.

ROUND REFLECTIONS
A modest round mirror framed in white can replace a sharp-edge square to soften a room's boxy lines.

STACK AND STORE
Painted wooden boxes make stylish storage bins. Try solids or freehand patterns such as yellow and green clover boxes. Latex acrylic seated with clear polyurethane yields the best results.