Sticking With Colour: Simple DIY Duct Tape Shelves

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When I first decided to put my two daughters in one room, I was a bit anxious about the space. Our upstairs bedroom is rather small and I wasn’t sure how I could make it work since there isn’t much room for extra furniture, toys and toy storage.

However, I then realized that first, they don’t need that many toys in their bedroom, since they have a playroom downstairs. And second, instead of worrying about the lack of space on the ground, I should try using the vertical space in the best way possible.

That’s why I decided to install a wall-to wall shelf: I figured it’d be perfect for prints, and even books later on.

I started to research ideas for a playful shelf that would add a bit of a whimsy feel while storing some of my girls favorite little figurines. I was looking a lot online, and the colorful, painted little shelves where all a bit too pricey. Just when I was ready to give up, I found these unpainted ones in a craft store!

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I was really exited about my find, perfect for their little shared bedroom! And instead of spending my time painting them, I decided to see if a colorful duct-tape would do the trick.

What you’ll need:

Wooden shelves
Colorful duct-tape
Scissors

I got three different colors of duct-tape: mint, blue and purple. Then, starting from the bottom corner I wrapped the wooden house with it, and I cut off the excess tape. It was really much easier then I thought! I think that using duct-tape instead of paint is my new favorite thing now : no mess, and the result is flawless!

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So then I decided to put two on top of Rose’s bed, for her little wooden family that she loves playing with but that I hate finding laying on the floor (little wooden figurines can be as painful as Lego if you know what I mean). And the third shelf went in front of the door, as a permanent house for my oldest daughter’s favorite hand made doll: she doesn’t want anybody touching it, especially her little sister!

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I’m really happy how this project turned out. The shelves look as if I have bought them painted, and they add a bit of a whimsical touch to Lili’s and Rose’s room. I love how they add a pop of color, matching the garland and how they are both decorative and practical. Lili gets to keep her doll out of her sister’s way, and Rose has a way to keep her favorite figurines right on top of her new bed. I think they look really great with our new Leon’s furniture too!

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So next time you feel like your kids room is too small, like you lack the storage space, or that it needs a pop of color, try adding some shelves on top of the bed. And remember, you don’t need paint to add color, because duct-tape will do just fine!

 

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