I have such an ongoing love affair with tape, my last name should be Scotch. I’ve used leopard duct tape to decorate planters (click here to view) and to spruce up my vintage couch Teddy sank his claws into because I forgot (mom of the year!) to feed him (to read about His Royal Highness’ bitchiness, click here).
I am always looking for ways to spruce up my mini-manse (with no budget, of course) without adding to the volume of belongings I already stuff into every nook and cranny of my place without becoming a featured episode on Hoarders. So here’s my newest creation that cost a whopping $4.49.
Every time I walk through my front door (my only door to the outside world), the first thing I see is the bland Laundry Wing of my mini-manse (the doors slide open and without having to move an inch, you’re in the laundry room – lucky me not having to burn any extra calories walking to the other side of my place!).
I’ve often thought about painting the doors but never took the plunge, as I want my security deposit back (if I ever leave renter’s land). So when I spotted a roll of black masking tape at work, I had an Aha! moment. Why haven’t I considered my beloved tape for a DIY project? Hello blonde moment.
Here’s what you’ll need to spruce up any wing (with doors) in your very own manse:
Scissors. Your choice color of tape.
Be sure you choose a matte type of tape – the shinier the tape’s surface, the more flaws will show (uneven cut lines in my case).
I started eyeball ‘measuring’ the pieces by lining them up with the lines below and cutting the tape just a little longer.
As I moved on, I cut the tape at an angle. When I did a straight cut, the corners seemed thick and uneven (I’m such a perfectionist with my eyeballing of measurements and all).
After seeing my initial result I was in LOVE (and thought I was an instant interior designer, patting myself on the back). I had to apply two layers of tape for each crevice but by using the black matte color you can barely tell (unless your eyes are centimeters away from the doors).
Once I finished all of the doors, I was worried that the masking tape might not be adhesive enough to last as long as I wished. So I got out my trusty Mod Podge in another moment of my sheer geniusness (these moments are very far and few between for me).
A very thin coat of my favorite gloss-lustre did the trick.
And now here’s what I see as I prance into my lair…
All of my other boring white doors in various wings of my mini-manse are so jealous.
Can you blame them?
I love this!! Smart cookie!
Sometimes…I have a good idea – even when cocktails aren’t involved!
Love it! Makes laundry wing look awesome!
I know, it’s so fancy now!
I must say, that is pretty darn creative and the end result looks awesome.
Thanks Natasha! I am trying not to go tape crazy and do every single door in my duplex. 🙂
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Thanks for the suggestion – LOVE IT!
This is DIY-genius. You’re the sequined/mod podge version of Martha
That’s my dream come true!!
I LOVE your DIY! Have you seen the Hello Kitty duct tape????
Thanks Girl – and yes, I saw the duct tape at Target the other day and it made me think of you! Have you decorated anything with it?
Um, not only clever but need I point out the matching nail polish? SWISH!!!!!!
Hello! I knew I loved your eye for detail!
It does look better. 🙂
A little tape always does the trick – for me!
That looks great 🙂
Thanks Gary – I’m happy every time I walk through my door!
It’s little things like that that can make so much difference.
Couldn’t agree with you more, Gary!
Once in a GREAT while I have a fab decorating idea!