How to Decorate a Toilet Seat

Let's face it: Toilet seats are not the most attractive thing to look at.

They stand out in a beautifully decorated bathroom because of their cold, utilitarian purposes. However, that really need not be the case. Choose one of the follow techniques to decorate your toilet seat so that it will blend in with the rest of your bathroom decor.

Make some initial decisions about your toilet seat's decor. Your decision may depend somewhat on the type of seat you own or the one you just purchased. Most toilet seats are either fiberglass, plastic, or wood.Determine the type of decor you want to use. You may choose to match the remainder of your bathroom's decor. For example, if your bathroom is done in a Victorian style, then you might opt for a frilly hand made seat cover that helps to carry out that theme or you could screen a lace design onto a plain colored seat. Another option would be to choose a decor that is neutral in nature so that it will remain usable even when you change the overall bathroom decor. For example, you might choose to give the seat a marbleized or granite look that can be used in any number of decor changes.Finally, determine the type of process you want to use. You may choose just to cover the seat with a removable (and washable) cover; paint it a unique color or use a screen process. You might opt to hand paint or stencil your own design onto the seat or apply one or more decals. Finally, you might want to give it a faux finish.

Buy what you need to undertake the project. If you don't already have everything on hand to complete your project, now is the time to make the required purchases.

Take the toilet seat off and clean it thoroughly before attempting any time of decoration or begin with a newly purchased seat.

Paint the seat a color that goes with the bathroom decor. Be sure to use the right kind of paint for the "type" of toilet seat you are using.

Peel and stick or rub-on decal designs that you have chosen for the toilet seat, carefully following the directions outlined on the product's packaging.

Hand paint or stencil a design onto the seat using the appropriate type of craft paint. Be sure to seal your work with a coat of clear acrylic.

Apply your faux finish. For an antiqued "crackle" look, apply a coat of crackle product over the painted seat cover. Keep in mind that the more crackle you apply, the smaller the crackles with be. For a marbleized look, use a marble craft kit or purchase craft webbing to spray on top of your painted seat. Keep in mind that the closer you are to the seat when you spray it, the more marbled effect you will get. For a granite look, use faux granite paint, carefully following the instructions on your kit or paint. Be sure to apply one or more coats of a clear acrylic over the faux finish.

Screen a lace design onto the seat using a piece of lace and the spray paint color of your choice. Be sure to add a clear coat of acrylic over the design once the paint is designed.

Add a toilet seat cover, either a pre-made one or one that you made by following a pattern design that you have chosen.

Things You Will Need

  • Toilet seat
  • Toilet seat cover
  • Craft paint (brush on and spray)
  • Stencil paint
  • Stencil(s)
  • Clear acrylic
  • Paint brushes
  • Crackle
  • Granite finish
  • Marble finish
  • Decals
  • Lace


  • Be creative in your design. Think outside of the box and come up with something that is unique to your personality and your home.
  • Follow the directions on the products you choose to use.


  • Always use appropriate safety precautions for the types of materials you are using.
  • Always use a mask when working with noxious fumes.
  • Always use rubber gloves when working with chemicals of any type.

About the Author

A business and education specialist for 30 years, Chantel Alise also owned a management and marketing training company. She has written newsletters and training manuals as well as business articles for Enid News and Eagle's Business Journal. She is principle writer for Beauty Biz. Alsie attended Thomas Nelson Community College (Virginia) and Phillips University (Oklahoma).