I recently moved into a new apartment that has about half the shelf-space of my last place, and needed shelves in the closet. At IKEA I spotted some cheap unfinished nightstands, and, remembering that I still had a lot of tinted wood stain left over from another DIY furniture project, snapped them up.
Most of my current stuff is solid colors. I’ve got some nice colorful pieces, but I wanted an actual pattern, not just color-blocking. But I’m not that experienced with wood, so I looked around for an easy way to make patterns and thought of masking tape. The first layer went down before staining, and then I stained, did a second layer of stripes, and stained again. Somewhat mixed results: the stain leached under the tape, which both made that difficult to peel off and resulted in feathered edges instead of the clean stripes I was hoping for. But after staring at it for a while, I think I like the imperfect borders. They make the plaid pattern more casual and fun.