Last year I discovered washi tape and instantly thought of a million little ways to use it. (Washi tape is basically like a pretty version of masking tape.) It has been helpful for things like labeling dishes left behind after potluck, doing fun projects with the kids, creating whimsical decorations, or even storing directly in a clear container to easily add some colorful decor to the piano.
Beauty & function…it makes my heart happy.
When I started thinking up ideas for the girl’s bedroom I thought about using washi tape to decorate their bunk bed. A few years ago someone graciously gave us a metal bunk bed…it was a huge blessing. It came in primary colors of red, blue and yellow so we spray painted it white to make it blend in better in the girl’s bedroom.
Now, years later the spray paint has started to scrape off in places. I thought about spray painting it again…for about three seconds that is. Then I remembered how hard it had been to spray paint the first time.
That is when I thought about trying to use washi tape to decorate/cover up the previous color coming through.
I decided to start with one section at the end of the bed and see what happened. I was fully planning on covering the whole thing with washi tape.
I grabbed a few colors and patterns of washi tape that I thought would work well together.
Then I began rolling, rubbing and repeating.
I started to realize just how long it was going to take me to wrap their whole bed. The girls came in and out of the room and were squealing in delight. Their excitement motivated me to keep going.
Although I did take some breaks in between. Over the course of about two days I got one end of the bed covered. However, it wasn’t exactly how I had pictured it turning out.
I discovered a few things…or shall we say, I learned a few lessons in the process.
1) Covering the whole bed with this method would take hours and hours…and hours!
2) Covering the whole bed with this method would add up and become really expensive. (The picture above includes about $20 worth of washi tape and was only about 1/5th of the bed.)
3) Even if the girls are really excited about it and PROMISE that they won’t peel it off…think again!
Honestly I was somewhat relieved. It didn’t turn out at all like I had imagined and I was torn about the whole thing. Seeing it peeled off in chucks encouraged me to simply move on with plan B.
Plan B = Remove the washi tape and ignore the various colors coming through. We can just call that a distressed look, right? 🙂
Back to the drawing board…as they like to say!
Have you discovered the wonderful world of washi tape? What is your favorite way to use it?