Hello my friends. So sorry I missed you yesterday. My husband left this morning for another deployment and we were enjoying one last fun afternoon and evening with the kids. I promised three diy/decor posts a week this month and I shall deliver! Keep your eyes open for a couple of more fun ideas before Saturday. Today’s project was quick, easy, and only cost me $4!
China Cabinet Makeover
with paper and washi tape!
I love this little built in china cabinet that is in our rental. Immediately after moving in, I stored my white and clear dishes with a few bright pieces behind the glass doors.
After a few months of getting to know our “new” kitchen, we started storing our pretty copper pots and pans along with the white dishes in this cabinet. Now it stores items we use almost everyday. (The coffee mugs went into a basket near our coffee maker with other breakfast items.)
One of the easiest ways to add a pop of color to a space it to line the back of a bookcase or cabinet with paper. When I saw color paper at the 100 Yen store (“dollar store”), I grabbed a peach color and a contrasting role of washi tape and had a little cabinet makeover party.
Double sided sticky tape
scissors and/or paper cutter
Step one: Remove the shelves if possible.
Step two: Start at the middle of the cabinet so your paper seams line up evenly and centered.
Step three: Place a piece of double-sided tape on each corner of paper and attach to the back of the cabinet.
Tip: If your paper is thicker it will not matter if you overlap pieces. Take notice to see if the paper needs to line up evenly or if you can get away with overlapping pieces. The paper I used showed a little when I overlapped it, so I used my paper cutter to cut the pieces for an exact fit.
After you finish lining the back of the cabinet, place your shelves back into place. Cover the front of the shelves with washi tape for more color!
Organizing tip: Utilize only 75% of the cabinet space to make sure your cabinets don’t look cluttered.
You may have noticed that I mention the 100 Yen store frequently. Well, two reasons…
First: IT’S AWESOME!!! Seriously, the quality is better than what you get in the states AND they carry everything. (BTW, there are some Daiso 100 Yen stores in the states.)
Second: When we moved here, we were only allowed to bring about 30% of our belongings. That would totally be fine if we could shop, buy things we love, and bring them back when we return to the states BUT we are under the same weight restrictions. Boo! So I try to find the most cost effective ways to decorate our pad and that means being really creative and frequent trips to the 100 Yen store. 😉