This is the first house that I have lived in with my husband that has a mantel.
It was one of the reasons I wanted to move here.
After we moved in, I realized that I liked the idea of a mantel, and didn't love the wood that ours was made from.
After a year of trying to distract everyone's eyes from the wood with random decor, I realized that I could cover the entire thing in washi tape and didn't have to live with any regrets if I didn't love it.
Thankfully, I love it.
(If you follow me on Instagram, you already saw these photos back in early May.)
I bought two packs of the teal washi tape sold at Target.
I used the solid teal colored tape, and simply lined the mantel one strip at a time, slightly overlapping each row.
I decided to add one row of polkadot tape for fun.
(Also from Target.)
The entire process took only a few minutes, and it added the perfect pop of color to our living room.
And when I decide that teal is no longer my favorite color, one of the kids takes a permanent marker to the mantel, or we decide to move- it comes off in about one minute.
If you fear change, are indecisive, live in a rental, or like to constantly switch-up your decor, I highly recommend covering a piece of furniture (or two) with washi tape!