How to Create Laundry Room Art
A few weeks ago, I spent the afternoon with my dad. As you guys know, he’s very handy and we’re beyond blessed he shares his talents freely with our family. I sent him a list of small things I needed help with in the laundry and thankfully he agreed to help me get it all done.
One of the biggest things I needed help with was building a frame for the laundry inspired art I had envisioned. I love the sign we have in the breakfast area and I wanted to use something similar in the laundry room too. We’re trying really hard to use up old materials we have in the garage and I still have a good amount of tobacco sticks.
To start, we chose 3 tobacco sticks that were around the same size and width. If you’re using reclaimed wood of any kind just know that the wood will probably not be a perfect match. Especially if you’re using wood that has been exposed to the elements of nature.
My dad used a miter saw to miter the edges of the tobacco sticks at a 45 degree angle. As always when using power tools, use caution, common sense, protective clothing and eye wear.
Then table saw to make the cut that would become to placeholder for the piece of laundry art.
He had already given me two pieces of plywood (1/8 of an inch), which I painted white at home.
We placed the white painted board face down and secured the tobacco sticks, one corner at a time, first with wood glue and followed by nails and a nail gun.
It was like instant love, you guys. I was squealing in the driveway!
Once I got home, I printed out the laundry room graphics I wanted to use on my home computer. You can find the washboard here and the wooden peg here. I used the techniques found in this post from those genius ladies of Canary Street Crafts to complete the rest of the project. Those ladies are like queens of painted furniture graphics and super sweet too!
A few hours later, the laundry room art was ready to go.
We used a hammer, nails and claw to make hanging each piece easier. Make sure you pay close attention to how much your art weighs before using something like the claw. These pieces are very lightweight.
Sending out sweet love and hugs to my Dad for helping my laundry room wall art dreams come true and to my bestie S who totally saved my clothespin art with expert shading.
See you guys back here tomorrow. The laundry room floors are finally finished (can you believe it!) so I’ll share the good, the bad and the dusty.
OH EM GEE – Your laundry room art is fabulous! So cute, creative and vintage. Your design is wonderful and tell your dad to get ready…the Bess are coming to town and need some assistance 🙂
ha ha oh my word he would be so tickled that someone loved his woodworking skills he would probably make you anything you wanted! He’s in the garage right now sketching out some things for me 🙂 Hugs, CoCo
I love your signs, CoCo! Where did you find all those tobaccos sticks? They’re gorgeous! Thanks so much for the shout out too. I’m so glad you found the tutorial helpful! xo
I found the tobacco sticks at an estate sale last year! The lady was selling things from her family’s farm and would only sell them to someone that had a farm background. When I told her that my family also had a tobacco farm she also sold me a tobacco basket and a tobacco stringer 🙂 It was such a fun day but believe me, she quizzed me about several farm related items before she let them go 🙂 Sending you hugs, CoCo
You are such a talented artist and designer. I love this! Don’t look at my laundry room. I made a Lace Net Darning heart. Thanks for sharing at #Wonderful Wednesday. Pinned and shared.
You’re so sweet, Marilyn, thank you so much! Hugs, CoCo
So cute and clever! Love your “wash” and “dry” illustrations you chose! Great tutorial. Thank you for sharing it! Now I can’t wait to see the whole room! =)
Thanks so much, Robin! We had a great time working on the laundry room art and I’m super thankful to my dad for helping me with the frames. It feels special every time I see them. Hugs, Coco