a tape dispenser.

I continued to work on several fun projects over the weekend using the new, not yet released, re.design with prima transfers.  So unfortunately, I can’t share any of those with you today.  The official reveal date for the new transfers is this Friday and the new molds can’t be revealed until June 1.

So I had to dig deep to find a project to whip up that didn’t involve any of the new items so that I would have something to share with you guys today.  I’m going to admit up front that as a result, today’s post is not terribly exciting.  But it was a satisfying little project.

I purchased this old (dare I call it vintage?) tape dispenser while out thrifting last year.

I have the tackiest burgundy plastic tape dispenser on my desk at the day job, so I thought it would be nice to have something a little bit more my style.

And I knew I could dress this one up a bit.

So I sanded it lightly, washed it with soapy water, and then painted it with two coats of Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth.  Once totally dry, I sanded lightly to distress.  Next I added a small section from one of the Classic Vintage Labels transfers from re.design with prima.

But I couldn’t just stop there, I also added a few more transfers from Tim Holtz and 7gypsies.

Once the rub-on’s were applied, I added a coat of clear wax over the entire surface to protect it.

My original plan was to put the plain Scotch tape back in, but then a little light bulb went off in my head.  Why not load it with some fun washi tape instead?

Sure enough, the washi tape fit perfectly on the little plastic wheel that holds the tape.  What luck!

By the way, if you aren’t familiar with washi tape, it’s sort of a flimsier version of masking tape that’s not quite as sticky.  The Tim Holtz brand washi tapes are acid free, making them safe to use in scrapbooks because they won’t damage your photos over the years.  And he has some gorgeous designs …Now I’m no longer sure I want to take this tape dispenser in to my office at the day job after all.  Maybe I’ll just keep it at home as a handy dispenser for washi tape.

Maybe now it’s just way too cool to hold plain ol’ clear tape.

What do you think?

28 thoughts on “a tape dispenser.

  1. I think the tape dispenser is so cool. It is so much better than a regular tape dispenser. I think if you bring it to work you will be the envy of the office!


  2. I think you made it ”q-uniquely” yours! Obviously there is no limit to your creative skills. I’m never disappointed in the results. I also think no matter where you decide it’s home to be when you reach to use it a smile will most certainly spread across your face. It did mine.


    1. You already have the coolest office in the City. Just made a tad cooler – IF you decide to bring your tape dispenser to work. Is there a day for that? It’s those little things in life!

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    1. I think it’s because they are so solid and heavy. They stay in place and you can easily use them one-handed, while the other hand is holding wrapping paper in place. So much better than flimsy plastic!


  3. If you take this fab tape dispenser to work it will have more visitors than the water cooler! Mini-projects that need little time and only a small amount of paint….Just perfect for these times!


  4. Well now that’s very cute Miss Quandie! You DO seem to have mass quantities of crafting supplies secreted around you…….and possibly hoarding tendencies as well! Somehow you always seem to have some cool old things just sitting around that you can transform into something awesome!


  5. LOVE it, Linda! What a great idea to jazz up that dispenser. Totally worth the redesign. My parents had one like that and it was super heavy…it never moved when you had to pull a piece of tape off!


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