Under Sink Organization with Washi Tape

Under my bathroom sink might look very similar to what you’ve got going on with yours- a few bins filled with extra bath items and an albeit necessary, but in-the-way and not-so-pretty big, white pipe.  And those two other smaller, but equally unsightly, pipes too.  Please tell me I’m not the only one that is bothered by this.  Not bothered like I think about it all day, but bothered enough to try to make it prettier.

So, I busted out the paint and washi tape . . .
Call me crazy, but with all this fun washi tape laying around, I thought, why not??  Some people have asked, and I’ve gotten mine mostly online from cutetape.com and wishywashi.com.  I’m currently displaying mine on a cupcake stand in my office.
How cute is this little wooden tape dispenser?! It’s from Target and came with a few rolls of washi tape too.


But back to the sink.  First, I painted the back wall and the two smaller pipes a glossy pale pink since that’s the paint color I had left over from painting my closet island.  I painted those two pipes to make them “disappear.”
And then I just started wrapping that white pipe with the tape, trying to make sure the colors looked good together.  It didn’t take very long, maybe 15 to 20 minutes.
As for the organization, the clear bins (I think from The Container Store) are great for letting you see what you have and keeping things together.  I also lined the bottom with cork paper.
I’m not a huge product junkie, but I like to make sure I stock up on the necessities, like my face cleanser, shaving cream/razors, and toothpaste.


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And also body wash.  Taller things like hairspray and lotions are also kept on this side.


I decanted the Q-tips and cotton balls into decorative glass urns just because it’s pretty.  For everyday use, I have some on the bathroom counter.


It may seem silly, but now when I open my bathroom sink doors, I’m happy to be greeted by a cheerful, nicely organized space.  I’ll take all the cheerfulness I can get. 🙂
This little washi tape project got me curious how YOU use your washi tape.   Send me a picture on Instagram (@honeywerehome) with hashtag #honeywerehomewashi and I’ll feature my favorite picks next week. You don’t need a blog to shoot me a pic, but I’ll link to your blog if I feature your photo. Or you can post a picture on my Facebook page.  Thanks for sharing!


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  1. July 1, 2013 / 12:01 pm

    It definitely looks more cheerful now. I'm not sure I would ever take the time to make mine that pretty. I have a habit of destroying everything I organize. For some odd reason I love seeing what products other bloggers use. It's like getting a glimpse into their personal life. Thanks for sharing.

    • July 1, 2013 / 2:47 pm

      I agree! It's the little things!

  2. July 1, 2013 / 2:52 pm

    Super cute! I have yet to purchase my first roll of Washi tape. I have a feeling it will be one of those things my hubby will hate more than my label maker!! LOL

    • July 1, 2013 / 3:50 pm

      Lauren!! Really?!?! I need to send you some!

    • July 1, 2013 / 3:51 pm

      Yep, who know the under sink area could be happy?!

  3. July 1, 2013 / 4:14 pm

    How cute is this?! Thanks for the links, no one sells washi tape in my area…Just might have to indulge 😉

    • July 1, 2013 / 6:39 pm

      The best selection is definitely online!

  4. July 1, 2013 / 4:45 pm

    I would never think to use washi tape in this way. What a great idea! I love having that space neat and clean; it just makes it easier to find things and makes me happy when I look under there. 🙂

    • July 1, 2013 / 6:39 pm

      We are on the same page Tiffany!

  5. July 1, 2013 / 4:57 pm

    This is so fun! I really must get me some washi tape!

    I would also love to see your plumbers face if he ever has to work on this sink! I love it!

    • July 1, 2013 / 6:40 pm

      I thought of that! 🙂

  6. Patricia Reitz
    July 1, 2013 / 12:01 pm

    Why not – so cute!

  7. July 1, 2013 / 5:37 pm

    Hahhhaaa, that is too cute, love it!

  8. July 1, 2013 / 8:00 pm

    You crack me up. But more so I can't get over the thought when you actually need to call a plumber in for something. That will be one of the prettiest pipes he's ever seen I bet. 😉

    • July 2, 2013 / 1:41 am

      I'll let you know- hopefully, we won't need one for a LONG time! Had enough of that at my old house! 🙂

  9. July 1, 2013 / 9:03 pm

    Love this, Megan! I can only imagine the look on my hubby's face if I did that! Ha! 🙂

    I love washi tape – I'm pretty sure I heard about it first on your blog. 😀 I've gotten a lot of it on Etsy. I use mine mostly to make cards, but I have also used some around plain glass candle holders too.

    • July 2, 2013 / 1:42 am

      Ooh, why didn't I think if Etsy?! I'd love to see yours- I like the candle holder idea!

  10. July 2, 2013 / 12:29 am

    Looks sooo pretty Megan! Question — where are the glass urns from? I've been searching High & Low for some and I can't find any anywhere! Seen a lot of the canisters like you have on the counter, but none that are that pretty urn shape.

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    • July 2, 2013 / 1:42 am

      Thanks Hannah! I think those are from Target, but possibly Hobby Lobby?? They're good for so many things.

  11. July 2, 2013 / 1:16 am

    OK, I'm now completely convinced I need washi tape. I have no idea what I'll do with it (but when I figure it out I'll send it to you on Instagram!) Love the dispenser too!

  12. July 2, 2013 / 1:19 am

    Super cute! It looks so fun! I'm going to do this too! Love it!!

    • July 2, 2013 / 1:43 am

      Yay Crystal! It's a quick project, but I do warn you that my back started aching from reaching in the back under the sink.

  13. July 2, 2013 / 7:25 am

    It turned out beautiful!! I noticed the "Suave Dry Shampoo"; it's one of my favorite hair products too 😉

  14. Carmel - Our Fifth House
    July 2, 2013 / 3:01 am

    What a fun way to use your tape! You've got my wheels turning now. I find that taking a little time to make something pretty helps me to keep it better organized in the long run.

  15. July 3, 2013 / 12:28 pm

    Megan, this is the cutest idea, ever. Thanks for inspiring me.

  16. July 10, 2013 / 3:22 pm

    Cute, and so funny! My son is a plumber and I can just imagine what he'd think if he opened the door and found that! I'm sure it would be a first.

  17. December 4, 2013 / 12:53 am

    OMG you're adorable. I'll be honest, I didn't notice the black tubes until I saw your "after" photo, then I realized how much better they look white! Putting washi tape on the pipe is totally something I would do and I love that you make me feel normal! ha! Looks so adorable now, makes me want to go organize mine.

  18. January 2, 2014 / 8:58 pm

    Love the adorable organization. Practical, functional and cute! Time to start deep cleaning and getting everything back in place out of Christmas!

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