A Refreshed Home Office, with Washi Tape and #Giveaway

Let’s feature another home office transformation today. Hopefully you’ll pick up some inspiration here, and keep reading for a giveaway for the cute Washi tapes we used in this project.

Office Makeover and Washi Tape Giveaway


This is a guest room/office combo, like so many of us have. The homeowner has a lovely, colorful home, but she ran out of steam in this multiple-purpose space. Rather than have a cluttered catch-all, she was ready to add some style, but in keeping with her goal of living simply and using or re-using found treasures.

Here’s the before:


Office Makeover- before




The only items we purchased were a pair of low bookcases. The client wasn’t sure that they’d be enough to hold all of her books, but I knew they’d be just right. At just $10 each, these real wood shelves are as thrifty as they are sturdy. They are also just the right height to act as both a headboard and nightstand when the air bed is set up for guests.


Office Makeover bookshelves


Here’s where we have the first of three little projects with Washi tape from Downtown Tape, that tied it all together. Sometimes the little details are what make the largest difference. These bookshelves are plain jane, but we used Washi tape from Downtown Tape to glam them up just a bit. The effect is not unlike fancy wood inlays that can cost you big bucks.


washi tape





The lampshade was another easy project. Using a “found” shade and two different tones of Washi tape, we now have a lamp that compliments the other style and colors in the room.


lampshade collage with Washi Tape


The last little change was a little labeling. You might have seen my post earlier about just using Washi tape to “label” your phone charger, but here we did add labels right on top of the Washi tape. I love how we used different colors for each drawer, which is great for visual learners, but they all still coordinate.



Here’s the batch that I started with. Aren’t they cute???


Washi Tape giveaway from Downtown Tape





Ready for the big reveal? Here’s the office today.

after-office makeover with Downtown Tape-r


OK, now it’s your turn. There are several easy ways to enter the giveaway for your choice of 10 rolls of your very own Washi tape from Downtown Tape. Good luck, and let me know what you would perk up with these cuties! You can get lots and lots of inspiration for crafts and gifts over at www.DowntownTape.com.
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By the way, I did receive 10 rolls of tape to review. As always, I’m giving you the straight scoop on products I get to play with.


This Post Has 28 Comments

  1. pammypam

    OMG my LIBRARy of course!

    1. Darla

      Library, of course! These washi tapes are such a great little accent to spruce up binder spines. You can also use them to customize journals and other gifts for readers.

  2. Anne Meibohm

    My laundry room (future project)?

    1. Darla

      I could see these tapes hard at work in a laundry room, used for customizing labels and tags, dressing up plain baskets and such.

  3. Jessica @FoundtheMarbles

    That looks terrific! I need to organize my basement in a big way but have been putting it off because it will be a huge job to tackle. Sigh.

    1. Darla

      Jessica, now is the best time to organize your basement! Not only is it 10 degrees cooler down there, so you can beat the heat, but an organized basement causes less stress if you do get water down there during the summer storms.

  4. Jeanine @MommyEntourage

    I love the lampshade make over! Too cute!

    1. Darla

      Thanks! I love how the right shade can become jewelry for the room. Ever notice how shades often set the tone w=for the whole room?

  5. Heather S.

    I am a washi tape fanatic and have been meaning to try out Downtown tape. I have a few accessory projects planned that could use some washi tape details!

    1. Darla

      Heather, you’ve got to head over to my FB page and post some of the things you’ve done with Washi tape. Once you start, you see possibilities everywhere, right?

  6. Cindy

    I have a really horrid metal filing cabinet that could use some sprucin’ up!

    1. Darla

      Ooh, spray painting the cabinet bright white and then using washi tape to dress up the drawers would be so sweet! (White contact paper if you can’t unload and move it for painting.)

  7. Alison Shaffer

    basement-working on cleaning out and organizing totes and storage shelves

  8. Elisha

    Your lampshade makeover is so cute! I love what a difference you can make with so little effort, with washi tape!

    I’m in the middle of a huge redecorating right now…once all of the painting is done, I’m sure I could find lots of uses for washi tape in decorating. Starting with prettying up my cheap bookshelves, I think.

    1. Darla

      Good luck with finishing the painting. That’s a great idea, using Washi tape to pretty up shelves. They would be the perfect size to edge the shelf fronts!

  9. Janine Adams

    I love what a big difference the little bit of tape makes! I would love the chance to try them out in my house and in my clients’ homes as well!

  10. Stephanie

    I would use it to organize my garage.

  11. Lydia Harpe

    I just moved into a boring little apartment so it could use some perks! 🙂

  12. lizzy

    I would use it for my garage organization!

  13. Barbara @ Homeroom At Home

    my library or bedroom… so many rooms need help!

  14. mommasbacon

    I need a lot of toy organization help and this would be perfect.

  15. Stephanie

    I’ve been thinking of using washi tape to make a design across a wall in the mudroom because it needs color but could be changed if we want to re-decorate!

    1. Darla

      We were considering doing the same thing in the project above. Maybe wrapping a large frame with Washi Tape to add color. We might still do that. Please post a picture on FB if you do!

  16. Jennifer O

    I could use the washi tape in so many areas and for so many things. My dining room needs a facelift so I’d probably start there! Hope I’m the lucky winner!!

  17. Sue G

    Never heard of them before. Do they work on clothes and lunchbags?

    1. Darla

      They might be better for things that get a little less wear. But once you have them, you might find yourself giving everything a mini-makeover!

  18. Sue G

    Obviously where there are marks on furniture that you would like to hide.

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