Painting furniture can seem daunting, as once you have painted a piece of wood, it feels like there is no way back. (There is, of course, but it involves a lot of sanding!) In addition, you might not know which colors you want to live with, so testing out a non-permanent color scheme can only be good. In these cases, cue the washi tape! This tape is easy to remove, so it’s the perfect partner for the craft beginner or the fickle of mind. Simply stick the tape to a chest of drawers to create great geometric patterns that almost look painted on.
Chest of drawers
1. Gather together your tapes – I use washi tape a lot, so I keep the reels close to hand in a big basket on my desk.
2. Have a look at which colors go well together. Here I’m decorating four drawers, so I want four colors that complement each other. By lining up the reels of tape next to each other, you can decide which combinations you like best.
3. Start sticking lengths of tape to your drawer, making different sized triangles, squares, and other geometric shapes.
4. Press the tape on by sliding your finger over it. Washi tape is made from paper and sometimes needs a little help adhering correctly.
5. Cut the ends of the tape in neat straight lines for a professional finish.
6. Simply repeat the process on the remaining drawers, using different colored tapes to complete your design.
From Furniture Hacks by Hester van Overbeek
Photography by James Gardiner
Published by CICO Books