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Our laundry room was one of the first rooms in our house I started giving a makeover to to “make ours.” It topped this list simply because it’s smaller (i.e., less to paint, clean & organize) and a place I spend a lot of time. We moved into this house with 1 child and now have 2. It’s amazing how much the laundry game jumps with just one more tiny person! Thus, I wanted a space that I would enjoy and wouldn’t feel so “utility” like.
In the past month, I have spent a LOT of time in this room washing stinky, smelly sweaty clothes thanks to warm spring weather; trying to kill all the germs thanks to a couple rounds of illness; and just keeping up with our every day laundry and linens.
It’s no surprise that Wisk Deep Clean® High Efficiency has helped me battle all those stains, smells, and germs with ease including attacking trapped body oils and sweat I couldn’t see. Celebrating 60 years, Wisk was the first liquid laundry detergent and is still as powerful today as it was when introduced in 1956. I picked up a bottle while getting my groceries at our neighborhood Harris Teeter – you can’t miss it with the bright red packaging. [If you need the Free & Pure option for sensitive skin, find it easily at Amazon here.] Be sure to follow the directions for use on the packaging exactly.
While sorting through our upteenth load of laundry in one day trying to rid us of all the sickness, I realized it was time to give the laundry room a little attention again. It was still lacking something. It was tidy and pretty well organized, but lacking any real personality to bring it to life.
I decided to shift a few things around on the shelf over the washer and dryer. I started by clearing space to the right of the burlap basket and adding a framed laundry symbol chart to take the mystery out of decoding them when doing the wash. Next I positioned my blue Mason jar full of clothes pins. Admittedly, we don’t have a clothes line, I literally just have these in there for the look.
Then I grabbed my basic supplies including the Wisk Deep Clean® detergent and returned the remaining fabric bins & basket where we store our dust cloths, laundry extras (mesh bag, dryer balls & sheets, etc), and additional cleaning supplies.
Stepping back to look at my changes, I was pleased, but … yes, something else was needed. Then an idea came to me. A fun decorative wooden sign. And, best of all, I could do it with items I already owned so 100% free decor.
Here’s how I made my sign and you can create your own …
- Small piece of scrap wood
- Two colors of paint
- Digital cutting machine (Silhouette or Cricut)
- Adhesive vinyl
- Transfer paper
- Picture hangers (optional)
Measure the area where you want to display your sign. You can adjust the size to fit your space. I opted to use a scrap piece of 1×6 board we already had and left it in it’s current size (15-1/2″ long).
Step 1 Paint the entire front face of the board in the color you want the text to be. You can also paint the sides if desired. I left mine unfinished. Let dry.
Step 2 While your background paint is drying, decide on your text and arrange the letters in your cutting machine software (I used Trajan Pro font for my letters). Cut the design out of vinyl and peel away excess.
Add transfer paper over letters to help maintain spacing and layout. Smooth transfer paper over letters.
Note: if you don’t have a cutting machine, you could use letter stickers instead like I did for this project.
Step 3 Determine placement for your letters. (Tip: I started by finding the center of the board.) Remove backing. Press firmly and use a smoothing tool or old credit card to adhere letters onto board and remove any bubbles.
Peel off transfer paper to reveal letters.
If your letters require multiple sections like mine do, repeat Step 3 for each section.
Step 4 Paint over vinyl letters with second paint color. Have fun. Make this layer as solid or as light as you would like. You can even let little helpers assist! 😉 Let dry.
Step 5 After paint is fully dry, carefully peel away the vinyl letters to reveal the background color. Mine stuck well enough that a few small splinters of wood came up with the letters. I personally liked this since it gave it a more worn feel.
Step 6 Sand to distress and soften the look. This is another opportunity to “make it yours” – sand as little or as much away as you would like.
Once you are finished, gently wipe away the dust with a soft, dry cloth. Add picture hangers to the back if you would like to hang your sign.
Display in your laundry room and enjoy!
Doesn’t that look a lot better? Have you decorated your laundry room?