Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A Washi Tape Project - Nailed It!

It happened. 

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.

using washi tape nailed it

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!

a washi tape bunk bed project

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?

15 comments:

  1. Oh I like the plan B! ;)
    I think it looks fine with the "distressed look"
    I had an bed like this as a kid and the paint used to peel off too, But is was mine and I liked it;)
    Love and hugs
    Lydia

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    1. Lydia,

      Distressed, antique, vintage...you are right, as long as it is yours it is great! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  2. Hey, that bed frame looks familiar. :) No help on the washi tape/painting, though. I haven't done a lot of painting of furniture.

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    1. Keturah,

      The family that gave it to us...they are spectacular! ;-)

      ~Sarah

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  3. This is another blog I follow and she paints tons of furniture...maybe she would have some tips on the kind of paint that would work best? http://www.livelovediy.com/

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  4. I love to read your blog even though I don't comment often. I just wanted to say thanks for posting this. Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one who envisions great projects only to have them completely flop. Thanks for keeping it real. :)

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    1. Thanks for reading Beth! And you are definitely not alone when it comes to envisioning great projects only to end up back at square one. I think those kind of projects just make us more experienced and determined to not give up but to keep going! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  5. Check out this post from Ashley at Under the Sycamore: http://ashleyannphotography.com/blog/2013/09/10/stripes-fabric-and-guests/ I could see you doing something like that with the bed. Hit thrift stores for old sheets in complementary colors and it could be cheap too. Still time consuming with the wrapping...but you wouldn't have to do the rubbing. And depending how wide you did the strips it could go faster than the tape did.

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  6. In follow up to my post about wrapping with fabric. You could even just do the area that are showing the most wear. The narrow spindles look to be in pretty good shape and probably don't take much abuse. White spindles with the fabric wrapped fatter parts would be cute.

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  7. If you aren't totally turned off by tape, what about duct tape? It comes in tons of colors and patterns now, it sticks better and it is wider, so the wrapping wouldn't take as long. Just a thought =)

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    1. Dana,

      That could definitely be an option. It will be interesting to see how this whole room turns out...once I finally nail down some decisions. :-)

      ~Sarah

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    2. Only problem with Duct Tape is if you ever changed your mind or wanted to take it off, it would be a nightmare with the glue residue. and my experience with duct tape in the hot/cold thaw cycle in MN is that it always starts to gum up at some point.

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