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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Washi Tape Make-Over & A New Roof


Get that Washi Tape out of the Craft Room . . .
And into the Kitchen:)

The other day I was going down an isle at Wal-Mart
And I spied a picked over display of Washi Tape for 97 cents.

There were only three rolls of this red and white and I bought two.
If I would have had this idea then, 
I would have bought all three.

 Before


After 

Well, I didn't have enough to do all 
of my kitchen cupboards,
but I like what I did.

 Not bad for a couple of dollars . . .
What do you think?

We also had roofers come this week 
and put on a new roof.
We are trying to get all of the major jobs done 
before we are both retired.

 And having a 30 year roof should
last us . . . 
well until we don't need a roof anymore,LOL.

Needless to say the roof make-over was 
a bit more expensive than the 
Washi Tape.


Ever if the Washi Tape make-over was the cutest, LOL.

Have a great day,
&
Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

80 comments:

  1. Wonderful idea.

    I have open shelves made from black walnut. I have been playing with the ideal of placing a light paper behind instead of painting the wood. I shall look at contact paper and crafty things now.

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    1. Hi Gail, there are so many options . . . we just have to start thinking outside the box and seeing where our crafting supplies can be used in new ways around the house :) They make so many papers and tapes in pretty patterns and colors.

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  2. What a fabulous idea, and so pretty. I am going to do this.. I will make sure to get many rolls :). I am doing the same thing, getting all the major things done before I retire. I had my roof done 2 years ago and it wasn't cheap :)

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    1. Hi Becky, I'm so happy that I could share this idea and inspire you. No, the roof wasn't cheap but it sure gives us a good peace of mind going into retirement with a new roof over our heads:)

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  3. I love washi tape - and I have that same roll you used. I put some on my breadbox and my coconut oil container! (I didn't like the label) You come up with the greatest ideas. I have the same polka border, too in my craft room and classroom. I think it is very popular. I rarely see it at teacher store.

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    1. Hi Patti, I had to order my boarder on line from a teacher supply catalog. I am so happy with the washi tape . . . it is just that little bit of charm that ties my kitchen all together. You can tell by my many posts that I have a love for polka dots:)

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  4. Love the tape! Like the new roof too!

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    1. Hi Nancy . . . one is cute and the other gives us a great feeling going into retirement with a new roof over our heads. We hope to live in this little house until they have to carry us out in a box, LOL

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  5. Love the washi tape idea. I really brightens up your cupboard.
    Good luck with the tiling - the roofing guys have a very nifty truck for the job!

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    1. I am happy that you like my little crafty kitchen make-over. As for the new roof, we are very satisfied with a job well done :)

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  6. The Washi Tape makeover is cute! Just adds a bright touch to the kitchen.
    hugs,
    Linda

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    1. Hi Linda, the tape was laying on the kitchen island, just waiting for me to take it out to my art barn, when the idea came to me. I love it . . .it was so cheap and added a lot of bang for the buck :)

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  7. Love the tape idea. We had a new roof put on two years ago and I do hope it lasts til we sell the place. They say roofs are suppose to last 25 to 30 years, but I think it is more like 15 years. This is the second one we have had on this house since we have lived here these past 17 years.

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    1. Hi Betty, I'm sure that the years that they last have a lot to do with the weather in your area. I know that over on the western side of our state the roofs get a lot of moss and it shorten the life of the shingles. So there are probably a lot of things that have to be considered. Anyway we are feeling really good having a new roof over our heads . . . I hope that yours last you as long as needed:) I'm delighted that you like my tape idea:)

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  8. Your Washi tape addition to your cupboard edges looks so sweet! What a nice way to update the insides. I like your drinking jars - our daughter and her husband like using them too. She has a cute country kitchen to use them in. We re-roofed our garage/shop this past summer (we used metal roofing this time around) and it is a big cost and was a big for my husband who tackled it on his own. Thankful to have it done and him in one piece : ) Have a great weekend.

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    1. Hi Mindy, we have reached an age where we are doing our best to stay off of ladders as much as possible. I'm happy that your hubby got his job done and was safe. You can really get hurt bad slipping off a roof. Thanks for your sweet words about my tape idea . . . I like it, too :)

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  9. I like your washi tape makeover!!! I had never heard of washi tape before. New roofs are not near as much fun but a necessary evil! Enjoy your week-end. Nancy

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    1. Good Morning, I woke up very early this morning so thought that I would blog while enjoying my morning coffee. Washi tape is made for journaling, scrape-booking and paper crafts and it comes in a amazing array of patterns and colors. This one was perfect for my kitchen. I bought it with card making and journaling in mind, until the light bulb came on and I got this idea for my kitchen :) Your letter came yesterday, will try to get one mailed back tomorrow :)

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  10. I love how the tape dressed up the shelves. What a difference.

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    1. It was just about the cheapest and most fun project ever . . . and what a difference, right :)

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  11. That is a really cute idea, Connie. Would you believe I have never used that tape? I love it though! Roofing is an expensive project...one that you will be glad to have done, I know. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the weekend. xo Diana

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    1. Good Morning Diana, thanks for stopping by, I know that you are a very busy lady. It sounds like you are feeling better . . . how's the cough?
      I am so proud of you volunteering and a VA. What a great way to give back. With your sense of humor . . . I know that smiling and laughing will be the next epidemic to hit that hospital :)

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  12. What an ingenious way to use washi tape. It look so cute. We just put a new roof on last summer so I know it WAY more expensive than the washi tape....lol
    I love the two mugs in your cupboard with pictures of coffee mugs on them. adorable

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    1. Hi Ann, those two mugs are Steve's favorites . . . my favorite was not on the shelf, because it was filled with my morning brew, LOL. The washi tape project was so fun and easy . . . and I think it made a sweet chance in the kitchen :)

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    1. Hi, thanks, If there were a way to offer my followers a cup of "Joe" I certainly would . . . maybe even a cookie or two for dunking.
      Have a great day and keep on smiling:)

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  14. Your washi tape on the shelves looks so perky and cute. Great idea! New roofs cost a lot, but keep the weather out! We had ours done a couple of years ago.

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    1. Hi Lorrie, it feels very good to have the roof done.
      I really like the results of this project . . . it seemed kind of simple for sharing, and then I thought, well, sometimes we need a simple and cheap pick me up. This one worked for me. Now, when I open my cupboards I just stand there and smile :)

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  15. Love the washi tape trim that you put on your cabinet shelves...so cute!!
    ~Cindy

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    1. Thanks Cindy, it was just about the easiest and cheapest project even done . . . and now when I open my cupboards, they bring a smile to my face:)

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  16. The washi tape looks great! Congrats on the new roof too.

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    1. Hi Libby, I don't know how long it will hold up, but I think it made a cute difference and a little pop of cheery color when I open my cupboards :)
      Thanks for stopping by to visit.

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  17. I will have to try the Washi tape. We need to replace our roof. Since will be trying to sell our house we may be doing it when the weather breaks. It's going to cost a fortune. Looks warm there and no snow. Nice.

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    1. Hi Debby, we have been enjoying some early warm weather. I don't know if it will last, or if a cold spell will take it away again, but it seemed like a good time to get the roofers in before they hit their busy season :) I am delighted that you like my little washi tape project :)

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  18. I did something similar to this with Washi tape in my kitchen pantry. I love the red and white polka dots. I used to have the border like yours in my classroom. Too cute...:) I love your red and aqua curtains too! Congrats on the new roof as well. It's nice getting those practical and necessary things done too, even if they aren't "cute"...lol! Have a lovley Sunday,,,:)

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    1. Hi Vicky, well they say that great mind think a like . . . that must mean you and me :)
      It feesl great having the roofing project done and behind us. It has a thirty year guarantee . . . so it should out life us, LOL.

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  19. I am preparing to begin my kitchen make over and I am in love of the black with white dot washi tape...thanks for the idea!

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    1. Hi Tete, it was such a simple little project. I know that washi wasn't made for this and I just hope that it holds up well. I love the pop of cheeriness it brings me when I open my cupboard doors. Have fun with your kitchen make-over . . . I am delighted that I could share this idea with you. I'll be looking forward to seeing what you do :)

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  20. Don't you just hate those expensive redo's that we have to do, but they don't lend any "cuteness" or fun to the house - plumbing, electricity, roofing.

    I have way too much washi tape, but I am thinking I should use up some of it on the edges of the shelves in my garage.

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    1. Hi Carol, I don't know how well this project will hold up, but I am loving it while it does. Now, when I open my cupboards to get a glass, I just stand there and smile for a minute. It is the perfect width for trimming shelves. I might try it out in my art barn, too. Have a great Sunday and enjoy your walk on the beach (wish I was there).

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  21. LOL! I'd stand there and smile too!! Love how something so simple can make such a big difference!!

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    1. Hi Val, I know, it even surprised me while I was doing it :)
      Thanks for stopping in to visit :)

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  22. Such a great idea, love how it matches your curtains, good idea to get that all done before you all retire.

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    1. Hi Connie, I appreciate that you like my idea . . . they really do accept the curtains well and they make me smile. I've been going for a bit of an old fashioned Betty Crocker look . . . something that fits my vintage cupboards:) It feels great having a new roof over our heads!

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  23. The washi tape certainly added such cheer to the kitchen!..love an inexpensive pretty makeover!

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    1. Nothing beats an inexpensive pick me up . . . that's what this did for me :)

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  24. I keep hearing about this tape. I'll have to check it out next time I'm out shopping. It made a great touch of color and whimsy and a fun surprise when you open your cabinets. :-D Great idea! I love how it matches your curtains!

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    1. When I go to get a glass out of the cupboard I just stand there and smile now. . . polka dots have that effect on me :)

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  25. I have never done any crafting with washi tape, but now I'm obviously going to have to rethink that! I love what you did to your cabinets. Cute, quick, cheerful update. We had a new roof put on our house about 8 years ago...it's always something when you're a homeowner!

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    1. Hi Melanie, I know . . . home owners are always having to do something . . . but it's a great feeling each and every-time you make an improvement:)
      Big or little . . . like my washi tape project. I love it and it was so cheap and so easy :)

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  26. Hello Connie, Thankyou for following my blog. Have come on over for a look and love what I see. Your washi tape shelves are a great idea and match your curtain trims perfectly. Still improving our home 30 yrs down the line. A little tweak here a big tweak there and lots of decorating in between! hugs Mrs A.

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    1. I am delighted to have you as a follower and I'm looking forward to a wonderful blogging friendship. We purchased our little home last Spring. It was a true fixer-upper, but is a dream come true. We have always lived on a small lot in a neighborhood and now we have an acre with elbow room and space to garden. Last year was my first real garden and we loved going out back and picking fresh vegetables and living off our land. I think that the yard work is what is going to keep us young. Again, thank you so much for following by blog. Have a lovely week.

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  27. Hi Connie, thank you for following my blog. I love what you have done with the washi tape in your kitchen. What a great idea! I'm looking forward to see lots more of your creative ideas. LIz xx
    PS I love John Denver's music too. We saw him years ago in concert when he came to the UK. :-)

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    1. Hi Liz, that would have been amazing, going to one of his concerts. There is something wonderful about his music; his lyrics paint pictures in my mind. I am delighted to have you as a follower, too, and looking forward to a lovely blogging friendship :)

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  28. I love your washi tape shelf edging Connie it is so bright and pretty and I have been looking back through your posts and found those cute and fun ladies you draw. They have such great character and I love all the little details. Thank you for your lovely comment and for becoming a follower. x

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    1. Hi Pat, I'm delighted that you enjoyed your visit . . . come again anytime, my welcome is always out:)

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  29. I cannot believe how expensive roofs are! I didn't know you worked!!! You are so smart to get things done before you retire. Your shelves are adorable, I wonder if I am the last person in the world that has not tried Washi tape??

    Carol

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    1. Hi Carol, misunderstanding . . . I am already retired, but Steve is not. So, he is still bringing home a good pay check, but once he is retired too . . . our income will drop significantly . . . that's why we are trying to get all the big stuff done :) Washi tape, you've got to try it :)

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  30. Love what you did! That was a brilliant ideas.

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    1. Thank you . . . if the tape had not been red and white polka dot I probably would not have thought of it. It just matched my kitchen curtains so well and was the perfect width. Some days my brain isn't that shark, I'm happy that I was having a good brain day, LOL Thanks for the visit:)

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  31. That tape is a cute idea. You could probably even decorate window panes with it. Nice job!

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    1. Hi Denise, thank you . . . it was one of those easy pleasy projects :)

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  32. Thanks for coming to say hello Connie, I love the Washi tape idea, so simple but ever so effective. I have a craft show to go to on Sunday and I have Washi tape already on my list, its amazing just how much you can do with it.
    I look forward to seeing more of your great ideas.
    Helen x

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    1. Hello Helen, I am delighted that you like my little quick Washi tape kitchen make-over. Have fun at the crafty show and thank you so much for following me back. I'm looking forward to a sweet blogging friendship.

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  33. What a really neat idea! It also has me thinking of using a little paint to make a contrast on the edge of my shelves. It's all in the details, right?

    I want to thank you for your visit to my blog. Your words mean more then you will ever know! :)

    Jane xx

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    1. Good Morning Jane, it is so nice to have you visit. I wish that I could have had a plate of cookies and a pot of tea waiting for you . . . I'm sure that we could have had a great time sitting and sharing ideas. I'm happy that my little project inspired you :)

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  34. Hey, that's a cute idea- I would never have thought of that. We, too, are trying to get big purchases and fixes done before retirement. So many little odd things to think about. Have a wonderful day Connie!

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    1. Hi Terri, if we can go into retirement with most of the major things done and paid for . . . the small income shouldn't be too bad. Good luck with all of your projects and thanks for stopping by to visit.

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  35. Hi Connie,

    What a great idea for washi tape! You are one clever gal!!! I've been so "unplugged" lately. It's hard working full time and keeping up with everything. I've been knitting, though, and only need to take some photos and write some posts. Maybe I'll do that this weekend if it's snowing outside!

    Hugs,
    Kay

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    1. Hi There Girlfriend! Are you really having snow? You must live in a high altitude, I always think of New Mexico as having sunny and mild winters. I bought the Washi tape and it was setting on my kitchen island waiting to be taken out to the art barn, when the idea came to me. If it hadn't of been red and white polka dot and matched my kitchen curtains so well, I probably never would have had the idea, LOL. It was like this easy pleasy little touch of whimsy :) We have been having beautiful weather (especially for February) and I have been working outside everyday this week.

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  36. Hi Connie, Such a cute idea with the tape!! LOVE the color in your kitchen! Roofs are expensive but they do make the house look sooo nice afterwards!! I love our new roof on the cottage~~~I'm sure you and Steve are looking forward to that retirement date...so many more FUN things to do with your garden and home! Your cottage is too sweet Connie...it's so welcoming and cute!! Blessings~~~Roxie

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    1. Hi Roxie, thank you. I'm always excited when I see that you have visited, it seems like in the last few years we have become wonderful friends. You are such a sweet lady, even my Steve asks me, every now and then, "How's Roxie doing?" Your kindness is infectious and touches the heart of everyone that reads your blog. Here's wishing you a change in weather and a warm and sunny Spring, so you can get out in your garden, too. Oh, I've planted five roses this week. I'm planting climbers along the picket fence. I think that will be so pretty and add some well deserved charm to our little bungalow :) Happy you liked my little Washi tape project.

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  37. Hi Connie,
    I like your cupboards and your homey cups and glasses. I retired a couple years ago, but worked as a para substitute last year. I am still on the list, but have not worked yet this year because I am watching our now 8 month old granddaughter Tuesday through Friday. I really need to go in some before the school year is over. You are smart to get the roof now. We need to be saving for one, but things keep coming up, and it is going to be hard to get that roof money saved before my husband retires in the next few years. Thanks for your comment on my Wildflower Wednesday post. How exciting to live on an acre! I hope you enjoy growing lots of food and find out what plants on your property are native and beneficial to the pollinators.

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    1. Hello Sue, I am so happy that you visited, Your blog is so lovely and I know that I will glean from your gardening knowledge . . . people that love plants and gardens are most generally people with soft and caring hearts. Please pop back over anytime, my welcome mat is always out :)

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  38. Received Sunshine in the mail yesterday from you!!!! Thank you so much! Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, I'm happy that you liked it :)

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