How to Make a Decorative Toilet Seat

Written by brynne chandler
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How to Make a Decorative Toilet Seat
(Photo courtesy of kim17859.)

Making a decorative toilet seat is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to update the style of your bathroom. Hand-painting is an option, but découpage is an easy, durable alternative. You don't have to be a fine artist to get a great result. All you need is a little creativity and inspiration.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Magazines
  • Scissors
  • Poster paper
  • Pencil
  • Découpage glue
  • Sponge brushes
  • Newspaper or dust sheet
  • Acrylic or polyurethane spray sealer

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  1. 1

    Decide on your decorating theme.

  2. 2

    Remove the toilet seat and lid from the toilet and clean them thoroughly. Make sure they are completely dry before proceeding with your project.

  3. 3

    Trace the lid of the toilet seat onto the poster paper so you can perfect your design before affixing it to the lid.

  4. 4

    Cut images out of the magazines and lay them out on the poster paper until you are happy with your design.

  5. 5

    Apply découpage glue to the back of each cut-out image and affix it to the toilet lid. Repeat until your design is complete.

  6. 6

    Brush a thin layer of découpage glue over the top of your design. Let it dry completely according to the directions on the bottle; usually 15 to 20 minutes. Repeat at least two more times.

  7. 7

    Let the decoupaged lid dry completely by doubling the suggested time on the bottle.

  8. 8

    Place the decoupaged lid on the newspaper or dust sheet and spray evenly with the sealer. Let it dry completely and then repeat at least two times for a topcoat that will stand up to repeated cleaning.

  9. 9

    Let the decoupaged and sealed toilet lid cure overnight before putting it back on the toilet.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use a ruler or straight edge to gently smooth out the magazine images as you go.
  • After each layer of spray sealer, move the lid a little so it doesn't get stuck to the newspaper or dust sheet.
  • Bubbles may appear during the process, but they generally disappear as the glue dries.
  • Decorating the toilet seat itself is not recommended, as the decoupaged image may not dry completely smooth.
  • Do not use abrasive cleaners on the decoupaged lid.

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