Vintage Looking Laundry Sign

Last I left you with my laundry room remodel was the faux stainless steel backsplash I did.  I am smitten with the way it turned out and even more excited about how easy it was to install.  While it looked beautiful just the way it was I wanted to add the pop of aqua color to that side of the space.  I decided a vintage looking laundry sign was just what it needed.  Since I had all the supplies at home, and a shop full of scrap wood it cost me nothing to make but made big impact in the room.  I love free and functional!

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Supplies:

scrap piece of plywood (mine was birch)

1 x 2 scraps pieces of wood

black paint

primer

paint roller

air nailer

saw

tape measure

Silhouette machine

vinyl

transfer tape

 

1.  First I decided how big I wanted my sign.  Then I ripped a piece of plywood down to that specification.

2.  After sanding it smooth I rolled on two coats of black paint.  Using a foam roller gives it the best finish, in my opinion.

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3.  While it was drying I designed my “laundry” sign in the Silhouette Studio program and cut it out on some contact paper (TIP:  A way to save money on a digital craft machine is to use contact paper when you are making stencils rather than wasting the precious vinyl).

4.  I weeded (a fancy word for “peeled all the letters”) the contact paper and then transferred it to my sign with some transfer tape.

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5.  To make sure there was no bleed through I always spray the contact paper with clear spray paint first.  This seals the letters and allows absolutely no bleed through. It is the best and most important tip I can offer when you make signs for perfectly crisp letters.

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6.  Once the spray paint dries then roll over the letters with white primer.  I gave it two coats and then peeled off the contact paper letters using a stick pin.

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7.  Meanwhile prep the frame by cutting 1 x 2’s down to size and painting them.  I used some light blue chalk paint and gave it two coats.

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8.  Sand your sign if you want it distressed.  Airnail the frame in place once dry.

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9.  Turn the sign over and hammer some sawtooth hangars in place and then hang it on your wall.  I just drilled a tiny hole into the backsplash and then nailed some nails to hang it.

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I took a sander to it to give it a worn and distressed look.  I wanted it to look like a vintage laundry sign that you might see in a laundromat.

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It made the space and added just the pop of color I needed on that wall.

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To see more of my laundry room click on the pictures below…

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