DIY: Embellishing Doors with Washi Tape

I have a weird apartment layout, which would be more of a problem if it wasn't just me living in it. My apartment building is a Victorian-style house that was converted into 4 apartments, and my guess is that at one time, my living room and bedroom used to be 2 bedrooms separated by a jack-and-jill bathroom. Now that the one room is my living room, you need to walk through my bathroom to get to the bedroom. Like I said, would be a bigger problem if I wasn't living alone. 

All of this is leading me up to the fact that I have a lot of doors in my apartment. There's a door that separates the living room and bathroom, and a door that separates my bedroom from the bathroom, both in a pretty tight space. So, I decided those doors needed some pazazz and it needed to be cheap and take about 5 minutes. Washi tape to the rescue.

You'll need: washi tape and an exacto knife. 

This little update is done in a flash. Starting at the top of the door, aim to place the tape straight and in the middle of the door's width. Then just press it down, trying to keep it as straight as possible. When you get to the metal section in the middle, use the exacto knife to cut a clean edge and then start again at the bottom of that metal piece. Bring the tape all the way down the door, and wrap around the bottom before tearing it off. Give all the tape a firm pressing and you're done!

I love that it adds just the tiniest pop of color in a space that's a bit of a design challenge. And having it on both doors means that I can see it both from my sofa and from inside my bedroom. And when I no longer like it, or want to switch out the color, it peals right off.

Washi Tape Striped Wall

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I knew that I wanted to do something powerful in our tiny downstairs bathroom. It's so tiny and so, so boring. I thought about painting it, maybe chalkboard paint or polka dots, but having to repaint that cramped little space seemed like a hassle in 10 months when we might move again. And then I saw this post by A Beautiful Mess and a lightswitch clicked on. Washi tape stripes! Yes! Cue the epic music!

I'm telling you our powder room is tiny (so I apoligize for the one-angled photos, that's the only angle there is.) and now it just feels special. The tape lays very flush with the wall and looks pretty much just like paint, but when we move we can easily just peel that off and move on with our lifes. And it was much cheaper than renter's wallpaper.

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The hardest part was just starting. I ordered mt x CASA Interior Washi Tape in black over a month ago, but the project felt very overwhelming and math-focused. I would get all excited at work thinking about taking it on when I got home, then would get home and think about all that measuring and my brain would start to hurt. So one day when I had off from work, I decided to just do it

I started trying to line the tape up with the side of the wall and quickly realized the walls were not straight. To make that less evident, I put my first piece in the corner with half on the side wall and half on the actual wall I was doing. That hid that it wasn't perfectly straight. 

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My process was to semi-wing it, semi-use the flat-edge from my fabric cutting mat (but any ruler would do). After getting the first stripe down, I measured about 4 inches, made a mark and started laying the next stripe. From there, I eyeballed it. Since the tape was wide, I found it hard to match any marks I made to keep it straight all the way down. And it didn't need to be perfect, I'm certainly no perfectionist. And, it ended up coming out pretty straight anyway! (A+)

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Getting the tape to lay flat is tricky and take a few mess-ups to get right. You have to move slowly and start at the top and work your way down. I found it helped to keep the roll in my hands parallel to the ground and not pull one side further than the other. Smooth out any air bubbles as you go, pushing them down or to either side. A few times I ended up with small creases, but just rub them until they are flat enough to be unnoticeable. 

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After all the stripes are up, use an Exacto knife to make a clean cut at the ceiling, side, and bottom. 

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And that's it! I'm very much loving it and for how long I put this project off, it was fairly easy!

Etsy Shop Now Open!

Hi all, just a brief announcement that I have finally opened up my little Etsy shop! This is something that I've been planing for a few months now and just got everything together to open.

Currently the shop just contains an assortment of washi tapes, but I hope to add some handmade items and maybe some vintage finds in the upcoming month or so. I'm very excited so swing by!

In other news, I am currently in the process of signing up for another craft show, this one selling handmade wreaths and a collection of other cute things. More news on that later.

Happy Thursday! It's almost the weekend!