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For some reason I always have a need to update the decor in my house. Some days it’s the living room, other days it’s my bedroom, and on days like today, it is my laundry room.
To be honest, it is more of a laundry area, as it isn’t an actual room, but that won’t stop me from decorating it and making it my own! Up until now, my laundry area has been pretty boring – just our washer and dryer, a trash can and whatever else we decide to throw on top when we are in a hurry. Today, however, I decided to spruce it up a little by making and hanging this wooden sign on the wall above my dryer. It is really easy to do and today I am going to share a tutorial on how I did it!
Pretty much anyone will be able to follow this tutorial and it doesn’t require any special equipment for adding the letters, because they are hand painted! Follow along and I will show you how you can make one just like this.
To begin, you will need a 2 x 10 piece of wood. It doesn’t matter how long the one you purchase is, because you will be cutting it down to size anyway. I cut mine down to 25 inches and it fit perfectly on the wall in my laundry area.
The next step is to sand the piece of wood so that it is pretty smooth and without rough corners.
Once you have cut and sanded the wood, it is time to stain (or paint) it. I used dark walnut stain, and it turned out great. You can use paint as well if you want to do a different color. I chose stain, because many of the DIY home decor projects that I did throughout the rest of my home use the same color stain. After staining or painting, let it dry until no wet paint or stain remains.
After you have chosen the quote or phrase that you want to use, you should type up all of the letters in a Word document and print each one off. Then tape each word or letter in the right order onto the stained wood exactly where you want them to show up. Next, carefully trace the letters with a sharp pencil, so that you can see a slight indentation in the wood in the shape of the letters.
After you have traced all of the letters onto the piece of stained wood and removed the paper, outline the letters with a paint pen. You may have to go over each letter a couple of times.
With all of the letters outlined with the paint pen, it is time to fill the letters in with paint. I chose to use white because it makes a nice contrast with the dark walnut stain. You can use a paintbrush with acrylic paint for the bigger areas and the paint pen for the smaller areas. Repeat steps 4-6 with any images or shapes that you want to add as well.
The final step is to add a picture hanger or something similar to the back and then hang it on your wall!
This was a really fun and inexpensive project to do, and is especially great if you don’t want to go out and buy an expensive vinyl machine! I love creating things that make my house more welcoming. This one was especially great, because I have been really wanting to make my laundry area more inviting ever since we moved in here over a year ago. Now that I have a start to some great decor, I can focus more on doing my laundry with the constant reminder that all of the hard work that I do is for my family. Luckily, the job has been a lot easier and more efficient since I started using Member’s Mark® Ultimate Clean Laundry Detergent which can be purchased at Sam’s Club. It does an awesome job and has a really convenient, no mess dispenser. It comes in two scents – Fresh Scent and Paradise Splash. The great part is that it works just as well or better as other laundry detergents, but it costs a fraction of the cost – and you know what that means – more money for more great DIY projects!
I would love to hear about your laundry room projects, and if you try this one, let me know how it turned out!