DIY diva

Fake Skull, Fake Chalk, Real Toilet

May 31, 2012 | 20 Comments | Bath, Creative
DIY diva

Continuing with the theme of just having a ton of fun in the upstairs bathroom— no, I didn’t hit anything else with a hammer— I decided to do something completely mature… draw on the walls with a marker.

First of all, you have to understand that Sharpies and I go way back.

Back in college I used to immortalize every new bottle of liquor we finished with a sharpie version in The Bottle Project. Classy, I know.

Bottle Project Close up 1

More recently I completed this wall art with a “wood stain” marker (aka glorified sharpie)…


And these tiny planets (which may get a home in another bathroom, actually)…


And of course I used a large “paint” sharpie on the painting I just finished (which, totally unrelated, I had an awesome idea for how to redo that painting at 4:00 this morning, because I jut can’t. let. it. go.)

How this relates to my upstairs bathroom is, well, obviously I’m crazy. Also, for whatever reason (it may have been the 50% off tag at Hobby Lobby) I felt compelled to buy this thing…


Because who wouldn’t want a fake cow head hanging in their bathroom? This was a “Men’s Decor” item, by the way, but apparently I missed the lesson in school where girls are supposed to like flowers and boys are supposed to like skulls.

But maybe it’s a little less manly with a coat of white paint?


I planned to just hang this over the commode as-is, but I’m planning a little chalkboard style art for a few of the frames in the gallery wall over the sink, and that’s where the sharpie came in…

I decided my trophy skull definitely needed to be mounted on a plaque. So I drew one up in Illustrator and printed it out.


Then I traced over it with a pen to put a slight indent in the wall, which gave me a guide to draw (right on the wall, mind you) with my white paint sharpie.


The plaque could be a smidge bigger actually and I may roll over it with some paint and try it one more time.


But still, super fun. It won’t be the last time I draw on the walls in this bathroom with a marker… I can tell you that for sure.


I’m still working on odds and ends in here like getting the gallery frames up and putting in new switches and outlets, but she’s coming along. And hey, the toilet works and there’s a skull on the wall, so what else do you really need?

DIY diva


  • CLE Runner

    I actually really like it! I might steal this idea if I ever get my basement finished!

  • Shane

    You should bleach and/or use a heat resistant spray paint on that lovely baseboard heater of yours :). Not sure why my eyes go straight to that every time… :)

    • Kit's Mom

      I would love to do that job!

    • Kit

      Oh my god, I know. It’s on the list!

  • carrie @ brick city love

    I heart sharpies. Sharpie Pens are pretty much my favorite thing to write with ever; followed shortly thereafter by regular sharpies. You wield them much more artistically though.

  • Sarah

    Love it – I’m feeling inspired to get to decorating around our home.

  • Stacey

    Love it! I think the dark blue was an excellent call as well!

  • Kelly

    This is amazeballs. I love the contrast.

  • Michele

    For a dude, dropping trou and staring a fake cow skull in the eye socket while urinating must be pretty awesome. It just isn’t as epic for a woman staring up at fake jawbone. :-)

    I like it! It’s fun and definitely unexpected.

    • Kit

      Ha. I actually had a moment where I was like… I don’t want to put anything too distracting over the toilet so that boys don’t look where their aiming! Luckily this toilet is not on carpet!

  • Jodi

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea….I thought I was the only one with a cow’s skull hanging up in their home! In fact, I have two – one real one (yes, that’s right I said real…) and one immortalized in a poster of one of Georgia O’Keefe’s famous paintings. Oh – did I forget to mention that I also have this tattoo’d on my back…

    Who say’s cow skulls are just for the guys….

  • Kathy

    OK, so I’m gonna comment about several of your posts at once:

    First: I’m loving the progress you’re making on the house.
    Second:I nearly fell out of my chair laughing when I read Michele’s comment!!!!
    I personally like the cow skull/deer skull decor thing. But then again, I was raised in Texas, so that may be the answer to that question!
    Third: My mind went all crazy when I saw your big bounty of brick. My husband is a retired brick/stone mason and I went crazy thinking about all the projects I could have him do if I was lucky enough to have that stash of brick! He keeps telling me he doesn’t do that kind of work anymore, but somehow I think I can talk him into it.
    Fourth: Your Mom and Grandmother seriously ROCK!

    • Dave

      ” He keeps telling me he doesn’t do that kind of work anymore, but somehow I think I can talk him into it.”

      I feel like I just got a little peek behind the curtain of how a woman’s mind works right there.

    • Kit

      Thanks Kathy! I have no idea what I’m going to do with that brick, but I’m definitely going to be trying out my masonry skills!

  • Karen Anne

    Shane, I have that kind of baseboard heating in my house and have been putting off dealing with it…

    • KC

      They actually paint up pretty nicely with the heat resistant paint. It only comes i nabout three colors but I did a whole house of them and at least they look new and clean again.

  • Mis

    Love it! But I have to tell you-when I pulled up your post I sprayed my diet coke all over my ipad. I have been looking for a skull with horns for 6 months for my sons western theme grad party. I was in Mexico for spring break and almost bought a real one, but wasn’t sure I could get it through immigration. I have googled and ebayed and Craiglist since and have been unable to find one- real or fake. no luck. I finally decided to papermache one. I just came in from spray painting my wonky skull and pulled up your blog. I couldn’t believe it! Of course I googled hobby lobby and the closest one is 3 hours away. Honestly….I am so happy for you-it looks so great in your bath. I wish it were mine. Oh well.

  • Guerrina

    Love the skull! Can’t wait to see what you do to it for Christmas!

  • sue

    I would have bought that skull in a heartbeat.
    Taking a power walk one day I found a deer skull which I hung in our half bath…my family did not understand.
    Skulls are sculptures – ’nuff said.

  • Tim Carr

    Looks amazing! I’d prefer a real one myself. I suppose there might be issues with it disintegrating?

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