diy {washi tape bed}

FireCracker had a super cute bedroom…one I would have been happy never changing. I decorated it before she was born. Before baby dolls took over her room. Before she developed an opinion about her room. Before I knew she’d prefer to sleep on the floor in her brothers’ room over alone in hers.

It was a beautiful, clean room while it lasted. She is turning four very soon and both girls share a room now, which means it is time for bunkbeds.  I also wanted to fix up their room to fit their personalities more than mine. So, she and I have begun the process of giving the girls a new room.

We got bunkbeds from IKEA and I had planned on painting stripes on them. I even bought the paint. Once I began taping off sections to paint the stripes, I realized it would take way too long and I’d never get it finished. So, I pulled out my washi tape.

She and I just started adding tape in small sections. Her lines were wonky, so when she wasn’t looking I would come behind her and straighten them up. I was going to stick with 5 shades of the same color, but she had other plans. She is more of a rainbow girl than ombre anyway.

After I got all the tape on, I added a small amount of decoupage to the side you don’t see where the tape overlays. This will keep the edges from peeling up. I do understand that the girls could tear the tape off, but really don’t think they will. They both are pretty excited about it. Plus, I like that it will come off easily when we get tired of it. If you wanted a more permanent look, you could decoupage it all.

There is still lots to do in their room. I ordered some vintage wallpaper for one wall – can’t wait to get it hung. I’ll do a full tour when the room is finished. Until then, these two are enjoying themselves and their room.

The boys all have spring birthdays a couple weeks apart. These two are getting ready to turn 2 & 4. Today we kick off a whirlwind in our family – it is Chris’ birthday. Next up is Little One’s, then wrapping up the current SnapShop course, then July 4th, then a palate repair surgery and finally FireCracker’s birthday. All in the next 12 days.

Whew. I’m a little overwhelmed thinking about all that.

I’ll just focus on celebrating one amazing man today. Happy Birthday Chris!

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  • Andy - fun room. can’t wait to see the rest of it when you are done. sounds like a busy time up ahead for you guys. prayers it all goes well. my huabands bday was yesterday. it’s always fun celebrating the men in our lives. :)

  • Danielle - So cute! can’t wait to see it finished! I wish I had done something a little less permanent when I made a map wall in the boys room. They tend to peel it when they get board…

  • Rita D - Beautiful girls and a beautiful room. That doll firecracker is holding, it brings back memories. I had one of those growing up.

  • Debbie C - These girls will have so much fun together in their new room! Can’t wait to see the end result, although I so loved the room before. I think the pic of the gorgeous pouf/paper lantern cluster is how I first found your blog some years ago! Did Grandpa make their bed?

  • Reesa - Please tell Chris “Happy Birthday”!! :)

  • AshleyAnn - Rita – that is “Laura”…she was mine. My mom passed her down, I wouldn’t mind if she accidentally got lost :)

  • angie - The room is looking so cute! I love that the pom pom’s are still up. I duplicated your idea for my daughter about 2.5 years ago and just recently she’s told me she doesn’t want them anymore she’s 7.5 and wants an “art studio” for a bedroom!)

  • Lisa - My girls have those bunkbeds & Ive been wanting to paint them for ages but never had the time. I love the washi tape idea & cannot wait to give it a go!! Happy Birthday Chris!!

  • Seamingly Sarah - Great idea for the bunk beds. We’ll be looking into bunk beds sometime in the future. We have a 5 and 2 year old (girls), but the 2 year old is still in a crib. Soon, soon.

  • Jen - I love that in the second picture of FC and LO together LO looks all “dude.” I’ll be thinking of your family in these coming weeks and definitely praying for you as the palate surgery comes.

  • Katie - WAY TOO MUCH CUTENESS in these last seven photos. Firecracker putting on Little One’s tuto…the smirks…and the smooch!!! I can’t even handle it!

  • Dana at Happy Little Lovelies - I have read here for awhile and just never commented (lurker alert), but just had to stop here and say how much I love the obvious love and thought you have put into your home. So much happy and whimsy and playfulness and breathing room. It forces me to just take a deep breath when I read. So thank you. :)

  • kimberly oyler - ahhhhh! so cute! i bet i could do this on my dorm room bed.

  • Jess Z. - I love it! Super cute idea. Did you make Little One’s barrette? Super cute, and I’ve been looking for square/rectangle ones similar but can’t seem to find any. I love the last few pics of them :) And I absolutely love the quilt on the bed…every time I see pictures of it on your blog, I fall in love with it over and over again.

  • Darcy H. - The room is adorable, my girls would love it. What I’m loving right now…? Little One’s piggy tails!

  • Lynn - Firecracker and Little One are so adorable together……love the pictures of them!!
    Happy Birthday to Chris!

  • marcy - Oh my gosh! A My Child! :) Looks just like mine (Sally). Hee hee.

    I love that you let your girls help and lead the way. Wish my daughter was not obsessed with Marvel Superheroes, Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes. Any tips for that one!? ;)

  • Laura - Amazing as always!
    Please tell me that “my child” doll is from your childhood! I had one and loved it :)

  • kaitlyn - Firecrackers doll! I have the creepy looking brother jonathan. Ewww I get grossed out just thinking of that fuzzy faced doll.

  • Elizabeth Beattie - Oh I just love this so much!!! I have 4 year old twin girls and we have been thinking about a bunk bed for them. This one is perfect! And I just love the simplicity of the washi tape. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Warmly,

    Elizabeth

  • tammy - We actually have plans to buy that same wooden bunkbed next month for my daughter. We’ve been brainstorming how to decorate it and I’m going to give this idea as an option for her. She’s 10 so I really have no say whatsoever anymore. ;) Thanks for posting!

    Happy birthday to your husband! In the Spring we always have a 5 week period with 3 birthdays, Easter, and our anniversary. I totally understand!

  • Casey - The tape is such a cute idea!! The bunk bed in my son & daughter’s room is looking a bit rough lately, I’m definitely going to use this idea soon!

  • Tonya - Oh, the sister smooches just melt my heart to a puddle of mush!

  • Emily - That last one….. Oh my. What love of sisters!

  • Jessica - Love this idea!
    I had the doll that Firecracker has when I was a little girl!!!
    Such sweet sisters!

  • amy - Funny, I am in the middle of writing a post right now that includes my two biggest girls getting the same Ikea bunk beds :)

  • sarah - I adore that picture of Fire Cracker putting the tutu on Little One. From all of your descriptions- I think that’s just perfect for their personalities. I also love the one of Fire Cracker and Little Ones foreheads touching. You can tell that Fire Cracker just can’t get enough of her. It’s so adorable!

    Oh yeah- the beds are cute too! :) But come on, everything you do is cute. :)

  • Kristin - Love the pallet bed! Do you have any diy tips on that? I’d love to make my daughter a reading nook out of one!

  • carroll lane - Precious pictures of precious sisters! Praying for her surgery!

  • Heidi Jo the Artist - My little girl has the doll that Little One is holding. She wants them all from that series, she has two so far. Glad she is happy with the dolls she has and I haven’t had to buy one of the expensive American Girl Dolls yet…

    Especially love the last two photos. Such sweet sisters! :)

  • Angie - Happy Birthday to Chris, Little One, and Firecracker! I remember very clearly Little One’s birthday last year. I hope this celebration is just as lovely but much sweeter with her celebrating at your side! Praying for a successful surgery. Thank you for letting us share in Little One’s journey. I love the sweet picture of the sisterly love. They have such a beautiful closeness. Finally and completely off topic…the floors in the girls’ room. Are they tongue and groove or planks side by side? Stained, whitewashed or painted? I love how the knotholes come through. So lovely!

  • Tracie - OH that last picture is the sweetest! I love sisters!

  • Kelsey - Those last few pictures are so sweet I can hardly stand it!

  • Bethany - Love the bed; can’t wait to see the rest of the room put together! Don’t you dare let her just “lose” the doll, they sell on etsy for $85+… that’s right, our doll babies are vintage. (I try not to think about what that makes me.) :)

  • Pam - Happy Birthday Chris! Ashley you are very talented. I wish I could come hang out in your studio but I am miles and miles and miles away in NC.

  • Jeannette Swan - What an adorable idea!! Praying you enjoy the special moments in the next couple weeks. Happy early birthday to those beautiful girls!

  • Alicia - The third picture… be still my heart. So sweet!

  • Sherry - What adorable pictures of the girls.

  • Ingrid - Firecracker really was made to have a sister – such love! What a blessing that those girls get to have each other, it must be beautiful to watch their friendship (I love nothing more than seeing my kids play together) X

  • Rachelle - You amaze me with your energy! Love these sister pics! I think the clip in Little One’s hair is adorable and looks like it would be perfect/gentle in my daughter’s hair. Can you say where it’s from…….ha!!! You made it didn’t you:)??:)

  • Asparagus - Oh my gosh! FireCracker has a MY CHILD doll! I just loved mine! I had a Cabbage Patch doll first, but once the My Child came, that was it! My neice inherited it about 10 years ago too. How long will these dolls be around for?! Thanks for the memories xo

  • Pamela - I love the way Firecracker is looking at Little One. So much love.

  • Belinda - Can’t wait to see how the room turns out, it’ll be gorgeous! Your girls are such sweeties and its beautiful to watch their relationship grow stronger every day over the past year or so. I can’t wait to see how the bunk beds turn out – and not wanting to be negative or start an online debate – but here in Australia they are not recommended for kids under 7 for safety reasons. I also have a just turned 4 year old and a just turned 2 year old and have been desperately trying to find a space saving bedroom sharing solution without much luck. You’ve reinspired me to put my creative thinking cap on (and get back on Pinterest) and find a way to do this….

  • Dawn - What an adorable room! Happy Birthday to Chris and your girls! Prayers coming your way for the surgery too.

  • Kelly - Such adorable little girls!!

  • Lex - So cute! I’m stealing that someday. ;) Can’t wait to see the room when it’s done!

  • Amy - Melt.my.heart with the kissing picture!! They are so sweet together.

  • AshleyAnn - Marina – that was my My Child doll!

  • AshleyAnn - Rachelle – I got a huge pack of them for $2.00 when we were in China!

  • AshleyAnn - Angie – they are tongue and groove pine from Lumber Liquidators. I painted them glossy white and then put on a top coat. When I put on the top coat it brought out the knots – not sure why, probably something I did wrong. It was unintentional, but I really like it too!

  • AshleyAnn - Laura – it is my childhood doll….and her name is “Laura”!

  • AshleyAnn - Jess – the barrette is from a big pack I got while we were in China

  • Erin - I love the washi tape on the bed. So cute! And I had a My Child doll too. Completely forgot about that until I saw Firecracker holding yours!

  • Cathy - Hi, I am Cathy from Austria, I started reading your blog after finding you on ig! And beside your gorgeous family I must say when I saw glimpses of your house I was completely overwhelmed as I loved every piece of it, had never seen anything like it and I thought wow if I could do something to my house that’s what it would look like, just never thought of these great ideas …well lately few things started changing, becoming more me. However ,sorry for the long comment, love your pics and peeks into your life!

  • Maureen - The last 3 photos- oh my heart!

  • Cathy - While I read your blog regularly this is the first time I have commented…. my heart melts at the photo of your girls kissing! This room to me symbolizes the happiness that is so obviously your family. I can’t wait to see the finished room but more importantly continue to watch your family and creativity blossom. BTW, the washi tape on the bunk is just so clever!

  • Lanny Lou - Ya know these two make my day ! lOve them …

  • Caroun Mohana - Such a pretty bedroom! Where did you get the tape? :)

  • Lisa - I will pray that these next days flow with as little stress as possible. Sounds like a lot of blessings even if it is a lot at once. God has indeed blessed your family, but a little prayer never hurts.

  • Carrie - I just wanted to say I loved seeing these sweet pictures of your girls. I have two girls, one just turned 2, the other is 3 1/2. They are beginning to play together, as I suspect your 2 and 4 year old are. I am hoping they stay this loving and sweet with each other. I”m not sure what the teenage years will bring, so I will be doing my best to remember these times and treasure them. Have a wonderful next couple of weeks! Busy, but with lots of good things! That’s always better than the alternative!

  • Lindsay Bennefield - http://dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.com/2012/01/god-save-pallet-reclaimed-pallets.html

    Saw your daughter’s room on Pinterest today. I’m sure you’ve seen this, but if not ;).

  • Stacy Molter - Thank you for creating and sharing your gorgeous washi tape craft! Your craft was featured on my site this morning as part of my 10 Easy and Awesome Washi Tape Crafts round-up.

    http://stacymolter.com/2013/07/10-easy-and-awesome-washi-tape-crafts/

    Enjoy your summer!

    Stacy

  • Rachael - It’s been a while since I have looked in on here, but wanted to comment. We have just graduated out of those bunkbeds! I love the fact they’re not too high so easier to make the beds.

    As an aside, all 4 of my children and my husband also share spring birthdays so I feel your pain! I had my eldest son’s 16th party the day after my youngest son’s 9th birthday party. Worth every single moment of stress!!

    Good luck with LO’s surgery x

  • Brittany - You have the cutest style! This definitely inspires me for when I have my own little girls :)

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