"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.
Make even the most simple centerpieces stand out with a little washi tape, like wedding designer Michelle Edgemont did here. Select tape with pretty patterns and colors that match your wedding palette, then adorn bottles, votive candles, menus — anything that needs a jolt of style.
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.