Thursday, April 2, 2015

DIY Washi Tape Front Entry Wall

Oh, green table, you have been so good to me.

I found you at a country auction house, and if I recall, I paid all of $7 for you. You were such an embarrassing shade of not-quite-mint-green. All you needed was a coat of paint and a fresh knob.

You were the first thing people saw when they walked through the door. GREEN TABLE!!!
You collected our keys. And lots of junk.

It's not that I don't love you anymore, it's just that you're kind of short. No offense.
I thought we could do this tall girl/short table sort of thing, but in the end, you're no sexy rock star and I'm no supermodel.

Also, I guess I was just getting kind of tired of you, but that just makes me sound like a player.

What I really wanted was to do something entirely different with that entire space. It's small, but impactful, or at least it could be. I wanted something functional (think more storage space) and something with a little Wow factor.

I wanted wallpaper.

I blame the desk nook, and you would do the same if it made you happy every single day.

I looked around, but wallpaper is expensive. And pretty permanent.
Since I found myself in this whole mess because of my fickle heart, it seemed like a risky combo. Plus, nothing I saw really knocked my boots off.

Then I spotted this stenciled wall in Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

I couldn't quit it. Couldn't stop thinking about it.
A few weeks later I lamented to one of my whip-smartest friends (she of Bruce Jenner Baby Jesus fame,) "The problem is, I want the reverse of this. I want the walls to stay white and the lines to be painted. But that seems like a nightmare to figure out."

She started back at me, speechless, but I've learned to read between the lines. As nicely and nonchalantly as she could muster, she replied, "Couldn't you just put washi tape on the white walls in that pattern?"

I swear, the clouds broke and the sun shone down on us.
It was like when Moses hit the rock with his staff and water came out, only salsa.

This is living proof that there's a good Kim behind every decent Shannan.

I found narrow, charcoal grey washi tape at Hobby Lobby. It took three rolls to complete the job.

Per usual, Cory did all the actual hard work. We sort of eyeballed our spacing, then he measured and taped everything off one Saturday evening while I tried on a bunch of my spring/summer clothes from last year and realized, for the first time ever, that something weird had overtaken my closet, because a lot of the jeans and pants didn't close properly. They fit just fine! Except if I wanted them zipped.

My next mission was to find something with storage to replace the green table.

{cue angel's singing in harmony}

I found this at my favorite thrift store. The price tag said $55, but luckily Marty doesn't ring up furniture, so I actually paid $55.

Hanging directly above it? That mirror.
You've never seen this kind of serendipity.

The mirror (it's plastic!) was marked $5, but I had a $5 off coupon, so it was free. Like, literally free, not "I accidentally stole a mirror" free. (Another story for another day, or for never.)

As you can see, I made quite a haul that day. Hate me forever.

That big black book was a history of the 20th Century, a birthday gift for my history-buff nephew. By God's good grace, I flipped through it at home and realized there was an entire section on the sexual revolution. So I tore those pages out. Then I scanned the index and promptly put it back in my donation bag. Basically, the MCC Thrift Store charged me $5 to censor a history book. Whatever. Related: What is actually wrong with Madonna???

Everything else came together from around the house.

That blue lamp became mine four years ago on a spring break trip to visit Cory's grandpa in Dunlap, Tennessee. I've never used it until now and it is everything.

My friend Becca took the picture of graffiti and sent it to me because she knows graffiti gives me the good vapors, especially when it says "Alan loves Mamie".

If you're wondering about the odd angles of these photos, it's because I was trying to avoid this situation.
(I'm very glamorous in my real life. I keep telling you.)

I thought I wanted different hardware, but this is speaking to me now. Reminds me of my childhood. And the edges are already perfectly distressed, in the actual way things end up distressed!

The drawers now house all our games, art supplies, and extra dishes and linens for entertaining.

And that's the story of how I traded in my green table for a rock star.

Happy April, Homies.

To see past iterations of this entry wall, see:
Summer '13 entry
Fall '14 entry
Art wall entry
Back-to-school entry

(I may have a sickness. Goodbye forever.)


  1. I laughed out loud multiple times while reading this. It looks awesome. Good job. Come decorate my house.

    1. Um, you do NOT need my help, Lady.
      Also, eliciting laughs is my drug of choice. ;)

  2. I LOVE IT! So jealous of the free mirror. I'm tucking the washi tape idea away.

  3. Once again, love your creations, and love the way you tell us about it:) Always brings a smile to my face.

  4. Truly fabulous ~ as always!!! Love your style Shannan!

  5. Hmmm...going vertical seems to be the "it" thing for all of us...and with beauty...and thrift...and FPFG humor. Win/win for the day. Love your style! (I hope the little green table is not sad.)

    1. He's on a staycation in the basement. Sooner or later, it'll be his turn again. ;)

  6. Rememeber that time you were almost (literlly) on your way to becoming a supermodel??? ;) Story for another day! Speaking of, the great mirror caper story! Haha! And I'm glad you gave Kimmie props for the execution of that! Looks great!

  7. I LOVE this so much! I am a renter and this is just the perfect thing for me to do to my walls! How well is the washi tape sticking to your wall?

    1. So true!! The tape has been up for several weeks with no signs of failing us. :)

  8. Like Katygirl, I also laughed several times reading this!! Oh, how you touch my heart and just make me so happy!!

    It looks great - love how you always put these little areas together just so!

    P. S. SO glad you explained about that Alan loves Mamie quote!!

  9. This looks fab and reminds me that I have a wall that I need you to come to my house and collage for me.
    I'm free tomorrow.
    Dost that work for thou?
    Also. Is that first sentence inappropriately arranged? I'm always very intimidated when commenting in the presence of an author.

  10. You are the most hilarious, fun-to-read blogger!!!

  11. The only thing better than this creative space is your telling of it.

  12. What is up with jeans and pants? The same thing has happened in my closet before. You nailed the proper balance of quirky and stylish. Love it!

  13. But where is Green Table? We short people things have to stick together.

  14. Your decorating style is my favorite in blogland, seriously. You do thrifty, colorful, and cute the absolute best!

  15. So now what happens to your green table? I loved your green table! So much so that I tried to copy it with a red table. But it's never been the same as yours. Partly because you are awesome and I am not, partly because red and green are not the same and partly because I have a stair rail behind mine instead of a white wall. Whatever. I really do like your new stuff though, but I'm sad for your green table. Always looking out for the underdog.

  16. Is the green table rehomed? Is it ok? Does it have someone new to love it?

    You rocked the wall! The new dresser, I want to come over with partially full cans of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and have a day of it.

  17. Brilliant, as usual.

    I love the way the turquoise lamp draws your eye to the desk behind (and even the natural basket w/ the wood desk chair...) It all flows so beautifully.

  18. WOW! since you won't wear the moniker "supermodel" i dub thee trendsetter-hipster-farmgirl.

  19. You so make this look easy! If I tried that, it just wouldn't look right. But you, oh you do wonders. Love it!

  20. Possibly favorite post ever. But I do feel a little sorry for the green table. ;)

  21. i am crushing hard. the washi tape is genius, except not for people who are me as i have textured walls which repel all things washi. from my deskly perch, i can see my globe print with its purely-decorative washi taping half peeled off the wall (it's actually lowly, unglamorous blue-tac keeping that baby up).

    ps i would like to adopt your green table, or at least be its godmother.
    pps cory is a rock star. with a beard. however that works out.

  22. I seriously love the new set up! And the story to go along with it is just the icing on the cake! :) I like the little green table too but the white chest looks so much better.

  23. Like several others, I am wondering where the green table is now?! :) Your new set up looks great!

  24. I know this has nothing to do with your entry way (which looks great btw) but you must get your hands on a copy of the April issue of Indianapolis monthly. I know you don't live in Indy but you do visit from time to time. Look for the restaurant that serves homemade kimchi with their meatloaf, the article about religion, mad the article about a company that employs excons to keep them off the streets. They all reminded me of you!

  25. Love the new look ~ You brought things together nicely :) I love how you got bargains. It's so much more fun to decorate with items that didn't break the budget. Everytime you see that little area, you won't have to cringe because you overspent. You'll feel good ! It's free-ing to work with 'leftovers'. My husband and I call these items, 'orphans'. We collect them, fix 'em up and give them a good home :)

  26. Love! Want you to paint the new dresser yellow...

  27. Love, Love, Love! Such a fun use of washi tape! I may give washi tape as a Christmas gift this year. My friend's, little boy is always playing with tape...I think he would love washi tape. reflective tape