Artsy-Fartsy Stripey-Washi DIY


Yum yum all the pretty stripey colors!

Yum yum all the pretty stripey colors!

I know what you're thinking - "Oooh, washi up to today!?" (haha. PUNS! ALWAYYYS awesome.)

OK, So I had seen this really cool crafty DIY thing on (where else?) Pinterest several months ago, and finally got around to doing it last night during what feels like Week Twelve Hundred and Forty Ninety Seventy Eleven (a long time) of my annual art studio cleanout / restructure. 

Original blogpost I saw this on: Taped Work Table by Elise @ enJOY it

Now watch me take this boring white drawer unit *I think this was actually my oldest kid's original baby dresser that's been repurposed over the years. He's 20 now. Ahhhh, I KNOW! They just don't make cheap particleboard furniture like they used to ;-) and turn it into a fabulously colorful striped decor piece! I chose to do it on this piece for the size, and the fact it had nice straight edges that would work well with strips of tape and would be easy to keep straight lines.

Snoozy ol' boring white assemble-it-yaself drawer unit, approx 20 years old

Snoozy ol' boring white assemble-it-yaself drawer unit, approx 20 years old

Several bright, solid colors of paper tape - about 3/4" wide

Several bright, solid colors of paper tape - about 3/4" wide

I used the same paper washi tape as Elise did - the solid color Kid Made Modern brand sold in the arts & crafts section at Target. Only *my* Target wasn't carrying it at the time I started looking for it,  and I ended up getting mine on eBay, so I have somewhat different colors than the ones you might find. (OH, how I wish I'd had the purple rather than pink!)  It's a nice thick quality of matte finish paper and has pretty good adhesive (except for one yellow roll that was a dud halfway thru and was almost completely PAPER, with no TAPE, weird ...)  I knew I wanted solid stripes and nothing with a pattern, but I figure you could use any decent quality washi with no problem.

I cleaned the drawer top and up underneath the edges really well with a spray cleaner and once it was dry I basically just started at one edge, rolled out a strip of my first color, and kept going from there. I had no color scheme or plan, just eyeballed it as I went. I made sure to go right up under the lip of the drawer-top, and after I was finished with all my stripes, I ran a strip of clear packing tape (cut in half lengthwise) along the washi tape ends on back of the unit - remember it's pre-fab particleboard furniture, that has the cardboard backing, so the paper tape would not have stayed firmly stuck to that for long - As well as one under the front edge, where all the tape ends went up under the lip; you can't see it, and it doesn't affect the opening and closing of the top drawer at all.

All taped, sealed (on edges with clear packing tape) and putting my cubby shelf back in place!

All taped, sealed (on edges with clear packing tape) and putting my cubby shelf back in place!

Took me about an hour start to finish, and that was WITH a brief pit-stop in the kitchen to make some pasta for dinner! I replaced the cubbies unit that normally sits atop these drawers, and love the whole look. This room has A LOT of color, and this project really perked up what was probably the most plainest white space in the whole room. LOVE it! And it cost me like $2 (what I paid on eBay for the tape) so it was probably my singlemost easy & inexpensive DIY ever!

I don't use this unit as a work surface, usually just -a place to stack random piles of stuff- I mean: storage - so I am not too concerned with protecting the tape, but I may see if the Mister has some spare Plexiglass in the garage and have him fashion me a top to go over it, just in case. On a full size desk or other work surface, I would definitely go for a custom cut glass top - and of course you could always varnish or seal with some kind of acrylic - but I like the rather temporary and easily switched out nature of leaving it un-sealed.

TA-DA! Easy-Peasey DIY-sy!

I love how it looks like a little striped awning on the roof of a shop or something <3

I love how it looks like a little striped awning on the roof of a shop or something <3