There is one room in my home I somehow continually succeed in avoiding. And that would be my laundry room.
So when the requests kept coming to bring a LAUNDRY stencil design to life, I knew I had my work cut out for me.
As it stands, the room wasn’t ready enough to try this new creation out. But that doesn’t mean I can’t plan ahead for it!
Space is tight in my laundry room, so this mini reclaimed wood and pipe LAUNDRY sign hanging station won for me!
It’s cute, current, and super easy and cheap to create! Oh… and it works great too. 🙂
With a good reason…
The big, bold timeless letters help you to create old style whimsey in your own (hopefully finished?) laundry room! The subtext morphs the stencil into a market sign, which was designed to be easily taped off if simple is more your choice.
Middle and alignment registration marks help guide your positioning with ease.
What you’ll need: (some amazon affiliate links below)
reclaimed wood sized to suit
pipe fittings – I used 3/4″.
laundry stencil – found HERE
paint of choice – I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black
cordless drill and screws
1. Dry fit your idea on some reclaimed wood before any painting or wood cutting takes place.
This is where I like to imagine and play. Either horizontal or vertical would work!
2. Cut your wood to suit, then lightly sand.
I used reclaimed fence wood that had been previously pressure washed. I also like to attempt to keep the edges natural if possible.
3. Position your stencil where desired, and masking tape into place.
Tip: Tape over registration marks and any subtext you don’t desire to paint. I personally had other plans for the subtext!
* Both boards are loose here. They were never attached together.
4. Load your stencil brush with paint, but remove most of it before tapping it over the letters.
A dry brush is the key to sharp letters.
More tips on HOW TO STENCIL are HERE
5. After paint is completely dry, lightly sand to distress with a palm sander if desired.
Tip: No need to stand if you like the letters looking strong, or if you stencil uneven to begin with. But if you do, make sure your paint is perfectly dry to avoid smudging.
I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s coal black. With a dry brush, it soaks into the raw wood perfectly, leaving super sharp edges, and dries nearly instantly.
6. Install boards by screwing directly onto wall.
Each board was installed onto the wall as shown above, one at a time. They were not previously attached together.
Use anchors if you don’t hit wall studs. Or be sure to mount the LAUNDRY boards on other boards that do attach to the studs in some way.
Connect all the pipe fittings first, then screw in one side with one screw. Then place a level across the top, while screwing in the 2nd side. Once straight, add more screws.
But let’s have some fun with that stencil subtext now, for an unexpected twist.
Two little crates were installed as shadow box styled shelves, doing a few helpful things.
“Wash” showcases, the laundry soap inside the mason jar, DRY holds all the clothespins, and FOLD is the perfect little catch for the odd, lonely sock that is looking for its friend.
If you desire a true, crate feel with your stencilling, look for faded boards and crates as your backdrop, then stencil with an uneven hand. If it’s darker in some areas, and lighter in others, like a bit of a fade, it looks pretty natural! This is where a little imperfection comes in handy.
And this is why you may wish to collect wash line wheels… who knew they’d be a thing? 🙂
Honestly, a collection of any one thing, as long as they are all slightly different, creates an interesting, artful grouping if displayed together. Which does not help curb my hoarding habit one bit.
I also actually iron on an antique ironing board
since I have only 4 in my stash. But even if you don’t, collecting these make instant, pretty side tables for any tasks that require a little extra space.
Do you remember the desk top lamp I made from one HERE?
Guess I’ll have to use it right where it is until then… 🙂
Disclosure: Fusion paint is sent to me for free to create with. I continue to use it because I LOVE the stuff. The stencils are from my own product line. I love those too! 🙂