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« on: January 15, 2007 05:06:50 PM »

So, this is my first topic, so be gentle!

I've completed the first phase of sprucing up my bathroom. It's a nice enough bathroom to begin with, but it was boring. I thought at first I wanted to do a Marvel theme, like the new ultimates, but then...

One night my fiancee mentioned that over at Chick Publications, you could get every Chick tract for a mere $15, and he wanted to buy them. What is a Chick tract? It's what born again Christians pass around to people they think are going to hell. These corny comics all have just about the same premise - if you don't think exactly the way we do, you're going to hell. The bad guys often say "HAW HAW!" and their supposed scary depictions of the devil are laughable at best.

Suddenly, my ideas for decorating the bathroom with Marvel comics dissolved. I asked my darling if he would mind if I used some of the tracts in decorating the bathroom - namely, mod podging them to a toilet seat and the switch plate (for starters). It was the first time I've seen that man get excited about interior decorating.

I bought a cheap-o toilet seat for $10, and I think the switch plate set me back $1.50, at most. I got me a big old jar of mod podge and set to work with the comics once they were shipped to us.

I took apart the toilet seat entirely and put the hardware away. I washed it thoroughly. I then wet down each comic slightly, blotted between pieces of paper napkins, then set on the surface that had already been brushed with mod podge. I used a cosmetic sponge to spread the mod podge. After the glue dried thoroughly, I sponged on another layer of mod podge. I let the works set overnight, then the next day I sprayed on two layers of shellac and let that dry for a few hours.

The results? Pretty darn snazzy for my first try at using mod podge. I'm not embedding the images because they're pretty big.

Open toilet seat
Close-up of open toilet seat
Close-up of seat
Another close-up. You can see here a bit of wrinkling from the challenging curve of the seat
The switch plate

I'm probably going to do the same treatment to the garbage can, a tissue cover, and the electric plate.
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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2007 05:37:47 PM »

Love Love Love it!  I'm surprised that I haven't seen similiar ideas on here.  If I hadn't just a bought a shiny new onyx and chrome bath set, I would do the same.

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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2007 06:12:28 PM »

Such a cute idea!!

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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2007 06:15:34 PM »

Lmao, if I went over to your house I think I'd have to spend 20 minutes in the bathroom reading the silly comics. Great idea!

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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2007 06:38:29 PM »

Awesome idea ... I like how you left the comic strips going straight across, for the most part. I would have to read them too!

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« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2007 06:40:32 PM »

neat idea! the possibilities are endless!

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« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2007 08:53:55 PM »

Ok I gotta ask......
"Have you USED the toilet seat yet?"
I'm weird about what I sit on......like I dislike those foam seats.
Is it uh.....comfortable?

Looks great though!
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2007 09:13:16 PM »

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Babs, for a first-time decoupage project, this has turned out fabulously!  Huzzah!  I really like how you did sort of a sunburst design with the seat.

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« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2007 09:21:51 PM »

okay so i love you. i'm redoing my bathroom and i couldnt think of a way to make the toilet cool. but now you've inspired me...i don't know why i didnt think about it...i decoupage everything. haha. thanks for being a genius

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« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2007 09:50:44 PM »

I cannot tell you how much I adore that those godawful tracts are going on a toilet seat.  You rock, in so many ways.  And I wish I knew you, so I could hang out in your bathroom.
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