Paige Hemmis’ Functional Laundry Room Decor
- 3 pieces of wood
- Stencils (sizes and fonts you like)
- Painter’s masking tape
- Power Drill with a bit to fit your twine (1/4” should work)
- Sand paper
- Wood Stain or Paint (optional)
- 2 Jelly Jars
- Hot glue gun and glue
- 2 Small Hooks
- 5-line Laundry Pull
- Implements to “weather” the wood
- A fine tipped paint brush
- Picture hanging kit for two of the signs
- A French cleat (To mount laundry pull sign)
- Staple gun (optional)
- Wood (3 pieces): $9
- Paint $3
- Twine $2.50
- Stencils $12
- Laundry Line $10
- Cosmetic Sponge $3
HOW DO WE START?
Start by selecting your wood and cutting your pieces to the right size. Get all your materials together.
HOW DO WE WEATHER THE WOOD?
Stains – brown and black – and even, hammer it and add a torch for the weathering
WHY DID YOU USE A SPONGE INSTEAD OF A PAINTBRUSH
Paint brushes tend to hold more paint and will lead to “bleeding” which just gives the stenciled lettering a messy look. NOT a good look for this effect!
- “Weather” your wood with a torch
- Stain OR Paint wood (optional) and let dry
- Distress with hammer, screws, chains…anything!
- Pencil out the phrases for letter spacing
- Position stencils and tape in place
- Using a COSMETIC sponge (a little DIY trick I found recently that works SO much better than any brush or sponger blotter), paint each letter by dabbing only. Do NOT drag your sponge or put too much paint on it, or the paint will bleed through the stencil. Let dry.
- For the jelly jar cups, add hooks to your board
- Wrap your jelly jar tops with twine. Leave extra twine to use as a hanger for your hook. Set aside.
- For the laundry pull sign, take a photocopy of the back side of the pull. This will show you exactly where to attach your pull. Follow instructions that come with item and attach the pull firmly to your board.
- Remove stencils and use paint brush to touch up any areas/gaps
- Lightly sand boards to achieve further distressed look
- Hang the jelly jars on the hooks
The steps above are the same for both signs. The steps below are where the signs differ:
WILL THE LINE PULL STAY OUT?
No. It needs a corresponding hook on an opposite wall to hold it open.
HOW DO WE ATTACH OUR TWINE CLOTHES LINE FOR THE SOCKS BOARD?
These details are for the lost socks board:
Directions for lost socks board:
- First we finish up the painting and remove the stencils
- We will drill two holes on the outer sides of the front of the board with our ¼" drill bit
- Then we run the twine through one hole and pull it through the other hole
- Tie the twine to itself to hold the line
- If you have a staple gun, you could staple in the line to the back of the board for extra stability
- Hang it in place
- Add your socks with clothespins
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