The Power of Painter's Tape

The Power of Painter's Tape

Leah Moss
Mar 24, 2010

As many of you DIYers know, painter's tape is a wellspring of creative possibilities. Yesterday we talked about the glories of two-tones walls created by this versatile blue-hued beast, but today let's discuss a few more decorative tricks.

A decorative border. The most recent Lonny featured Lizzie Bailey's apartment in which she added a little edge to her plain mirror by giving it a painted border. She simply placed tape down before painting.
An accent frame. A simpler, more modern take on the idea above. This bite-size accent wall can be made by taping off a square and painting the interior.
Decorate a door. I have long-standing dislike for my hallow core doors. This is how I dealt with one of them.
Simple "molding." Nicole and Colin made their particle board pantry fit in with the rest of the architectural details in their 1940s home by taping off a border and painting the rest of the cabinet the same color as their walls.
Wall (and ceiling!) stripes. This tactic takes a little more patience and precision than the previous ideas, but it is a lot more dramatic. I keep coming back to this arresting bedroom designed by the Burnham design team.

(Images: 1: Lonny, 2: via design crisis, 3, 4: Leah Moss, 5: Burnham design)

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