Saturday, January 15, 2011

Laundry Sign

Last weekend, the local news stations started predicting a pretty substantial snowstorm with possible power outages.  I planned ahead with some craft projects to keep me busy even if we did lose power.   In other words, something that didn't require a sewing machine.  So, I decided to finally make a sign to hang over my Laundry Room door. 
My sign measures approximately 22.5" x 5.5".  Here is a PDF of it in case anyone wants to make their own.  The word Laundry measures 15.5" x 3.5" and Wash, Dry, Fold measures 15" x 2.5".  I also included the word Room in the file in case anyone wanted to add that to their sign.  ENJOY!
I was lucky enough to find a nice rough piece of wood in the scrap bin at Home Depot last week for a grand total of 51 cents.  It was about 4 ft long so I had them cut it for me.  I was happy to find out that they will even cut scrap bin pieces for free, not just full price ones.
I used a hammer and wrench to beat the wood up for a nice distressed look.  Actually, I let the girls take out some frustration on it.  They loved it!
Then, I painted it with a coat of light blue since I was running short on white paint and wasn't sure how much the wood would (giggle) soak up.
Abby was REALLY wanting to paint, and since I was going for a distressed look anyway, I let her paint the coat of white paint on for me.  While painting, she asked me, "Mommy, is painting fun?"  Almost like she wasn't sure if she was allowed to have fun while I was letting her work on one of my "real" projects.
I like how some of the blue is showing through from the first coat of paint.  I think it adds a nice touch to the distressed look I was going for.
I printed out the words in a couple of different sizes of a font that I liked.  I originally planned for it to say Laundry Room, but liked this arrangement better once I got it all laid out.
I colored on the back of the printed words with a pencil, then taped it to my board, and traced over the letters on the right side to transfer the image.  Wish I had thought to pick up some transfer paper to make the job a lot faster and easier.
All that was left to do was to paint the letters in.  While this was not quite as elaborate as some of the things I have painted before, I really like it and think it looks great against the red wall of my kitchen.


Angel Ruff said...

Love the way it turned out! Great job Becky :)

Caci said...

Love it!!! I am going to have to make one of these!!

Linda said...

I love the sign as well. But I might actually love the red on the kitchen wall even better! THAT is THE red I'd love in my kitchen!!

becky @ becky ann designs said...

Thanks everyone. Linda, I LOVE LOVE LOVE my red kitchen. It was a pain to paint, but it turned out exactly like I wanted it. My mom did most of it for me thank goodness.

Countrygal said...

Hallo Becky! I was looking for a nice font and I found your post with this lovely laundry sing you've painted....just lovely! i tried to download the PDF but they say I don't have permission to do so...would you perhaps be so kind as to send it to me (if you still want to make it available). thank you so much!!

Happy Spring!


Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

Just wanted to let you know I linked up to this on my blog as an idea of something I wanted to do.

Here's the first post:

and here's my completed project

Rebecca Phillips said...

Perfect! I think it's my next project for my new laundry room. :) Thanks for sharing.

Verna said...

Awe I LOVE this!!! I tried to print the PDF not it says it doesn't exist any longer:-( if you wouldn't mind directing me to the correct location or possibly emailing it to me I would appreciate it so much! Thank you!!