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Thrifty Fix: Thow a towel on it

October 27, 2009

When faced with an ugly plumbing situation in my bathroom, I found a quick-n-easy way to solve it with something we all have on hand – a simple hand towel!

Let’s take a look at how my undersink situation looked before:

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See that big ugly white pipe with the yellow-brown goop on it?  Ick!!   For a whole year the sight of it struck me with horror whenever I used the bathroom.  Ok, maybe that’s a bit dramatic.  But I did notice it, and often.  It looked dirty, even though it was not – the goop was messily applied as a sealant when the pipes were installed.  I had to do something about it.  I thought about installing a skirt on the sink, but I really don’t like those things.  Too fussy for me, and they’d collect pet hair like a lint roller in a dog grooming parlor.  What to do. . . ?

One day, just on a lark, I threw a little blue hand towel over those nasty old pipes just to see if it might help.  The towel was $2 on clearance, so it wasn’t a huge loss.  To my great surprise, it really didn’t look too bad!  It wasn’t able to cover everything, but it took care of the part that looked dirty.  It even hung low enough to cover my mirror/sink cleaner and brush that I stored behind the sink’s pedestal.

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What do you think?  It’s only a rental apartment, so it’s not like it’s worth becomnig a plumber to clean up the actual pipes.  So is it good enough for a thrifty fix in a borrowed abode? 

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 27, 2009 11:20 AM

    Over at Eddie Ross’ blog I noticed he skirted a sink with non-terry towels from a dollar store, which ended up creating under sink storage and hiding the plumbing.

  2. Jon permalink
    October 30, 2009 12:35 PM


    • Borrowed Abode permalink*
      October 30, 2009 3:08 PM

      Thanks. little brother, for that totally interesting and useful comment ;)

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