Remember this mess?
Well, L’s toy closet is all decluttered and organized, thank goodness, and now there’s space for this shelf:
This was a freebie: I was driving down the road just a few streets away from our house, and a man was putting it in front of his house.
I’m such a junk gypsy, I stopped and asked him if it was free, and he said yes and helped me put it into my car. He was happy, and I certainly was happy.
We can always use more shelves in the Blue Cottage. I was using this in my office for a while, then in my closet, and now that I’m redoing Landon’s toy closet, it’s going in there.
L doesn’t mind the pink, plus you won’t be able to see much of the shelf once it’s in the closet and loaded up with toys and games, but I wanted to get rid of some of the pink.
Instead of painting the shelf, I decided to use some of the many rolls of washi tape I have to update it.
It’s a super fast way to update furniture, and since washi tape is not very sticky, it’s easy to take it off again if you change your mind or want to try a different design.
Update a Shelf With Washi Tape
If you are not familiar with it, Washi tape is made out of paper and comes in pretty patterns and designs, making it a great craft supply for many decorative uses.
I decided to use the turquoise Scotch tape, since L’s room is turquoise, and the light green washi tape. I didn’t know how much I’d need and how far I would get with them, but I just started with those two.
I didn’t mind that there are some bubbles under the turquoise tape or that some of it isn’t perfectly straight — that won’t matter in the closet.
Here is one more advantage of washi tape compared to plastic tape: it doesn’t bubble.
After only 15 minutes, this is what the updated shelf looked like:
I have so much washi tape that I could have covered the whole shelf, but I decided that this was enough of an update.
We have a lot of LEGO stickers, and I was thinking of adding some of those as well, but the shelf is so colorful already, I didn’t want it to look too crazy.
I can’t wait to show you how the finished toy closet organization turned out!
Have you ever used washi tape? What did you use it for?