"Today's homeowners want a mix of hardware on their cabinetry" says Abbi Williams, an Atlanta-based designer. "Both knobs and various length pulls. After your cabinetry has arrived, grab a glass of wine and a roll of painter's tape to lay out your hardware. Do you want two knobs or one on those long drawers? Cabinet pulls come in 5 inch-14 inch lengths. Tear off tape representing the length you want and put it on the cabinets as a reminder of what hardware was ordered to go where. I can't tell you how many times the hardware showed up and we can't remember what we ordered for where."
Any do-it-yourselfer is likely to have an extra roll of painter’s tape sitting around somewhere in the house. Use the tape as a place holder by cutting its ends into a flag shape with scissors and scribing guests’ names with markers and paint pens. Next, adhere the tape to paper before placing on top of the table.
Asha Dornfest, author of Parent Hacks, loves painter’s tape because it’s sticky, easy to tear and doesn’t leave a residue. She has used it to label leftovers and clothes, create race tracks on the floor and even fix ripped diaper tabs. When traveling, it’s also great for covering electrical outlets and taping drawers shut in hotel rooms.
Cut cross sections into a dead stick using a hack saw, hand saw or table saw. Use painter's tape to divide the face of the wood slices in half, then paint the exposed parts with a sponge brush. Get creative and use more than one hue and try out different patterns, too.
Make your dorm door stand out with a ceiling-to-floor greeting to your fellow dorm dwellers. To recreate this look, use scraps of painter's tape to divide your door into five equal sections, then outline each letter with colorful wash tape. Go back and add geometric details, if desired.
Place the planter on level ground and use a level on one side to make the post plumb. Add painter's tape across the planter on all four sides of the post to hold it in position. Allow the concrete to harden according to the manufacturer’s instructions before proceeding.
Adding a few playful stripes into the mix is as easy as peeling off some painter’s tape. Whether it’s a lamp, desk organizer or corkboard, stripes instantly punch up any décor. Tape off the stripes making sure to keep the exposed areas evenly spaced (or not, it’s up to you!), then paint away. Remove the painter’s tape while the spray paint is still a bit tacky to get a crisp, clean line.
Transform an old frame into an Advent calendar or a holiday message board. You will need the following materials: window or frame, painter's tape, newspaper or other paper, spray paint, vinyl letters and optional: ribbon, paper flowers or miniature pearls.