DIY Laundry Room Decor

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Do you have this pile of single socks on top of your dryer?20160403_174418
It seems like no matter what I do,  two socks go in and one comes out. Or I think two go in…the mate usually shows up eventually but until then I have a pile of single socks on my dryer. Drives me crazy!
So until there is a way to catch the illusive sock eating monster,  who I’m sure is a relative of big foot, I HAD to organize this pile.
I’m crazy about my chalk lettering  right now for just about all of my projects that will allow it. While searching through pinterest and getting ideas for my Wood and Art Display, I found ideas for a similar set up for these single socks (check here)!
I started by spraying my wood board with chalky finish spray paint! The coverage is amazing and I highly recommend it.

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While letting that dry, I also spray painted some small clothes pins too.
I decided on my final phrase for my board and selected my fonts and size using my favorite website PicMonkey. Here is my template:Sole Mates

Then using my chalk method I transferred my stencils to the board and filled in the letters/design.

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Once you get your lettering done, and you’ve lightly cleaned up the excess chalk around your letters, you’ll want to spray a clear top coat over the lettering so they don’t smudge or fade. Next, I added wire and loop brackets for my “clothes line”. Then clipped on my cute little clothes pins.

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Here it is! I LOVE it! An easy project that will make my laundry life easier not to mention give me something cute to look at!20160403_175112 - Version 2

 

How to: Perfect Chalk Lettering

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Several years ago I was prepping for a Kentucky Derby party and I was trying to write the menu on a large chalk board as beautifully as I’d seen in pictures. I was failing miserably.
After a few freehand and stencil attempts I was about to give up when I realized I could print what I wanted on paper,  in any font,  and then trace & transfer it to my chalk board! Genius!

Here is how it works:

You need basic chalk
Chalk marker
A printer
The item,  chalk board,  wood, etc, you are writing on

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I’m going to reference the DIY Wood Picture Display I just completed.  You can find that by clicking here.
I wanted to add “Dream, Believe, Create ” to my wood board.

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First you simply type out the wording you want in the font of choice and print out the size you need. I’m better now at eyeballing it,  but sometimes it’s a print and reprint until I get it right.  Here is my template:

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Then I generously trimmed around my words. Next,  take your basic chalk and rub a good coating on the back of the paper.

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The chalked side will go down on your surface and as you trace the letters it will leave the design in a light chalk outline.

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You’ll want to press firmly depending, of course,  on what you’re working with and take your time. The more patient and detailed the better the outcome. It’s worth it!
Once your tracing is done, carefully lift the paper off. Then take your chalk marker and trace or fill in your outline. Voila!

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Here is the chalkboard of stats I made for my daughters birthday using this same method. I just printed out several stats in different fonts and banners. I laid it all out and then went word by word adding it to the board.

You might also like the Laundry Room Decor I also made using my chalk technique.

Laundry room decor socks

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DIY Wood & Wire Photo Display

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In our first home as newlyweds we had big blank walls and little money to buy art. I decided I could make my own and the hobby (addiction) started.I love art. Almost all the decor in my home is something I’ve made, painted, or photographed.

Since my son, Danny, was less than a year old we’ve been doing crafts and art together. Painted footprint “ghosts” and hand print flowers have been taped to our walls and cabinets.

We moved to Bismarck and started going to a weekly art class with our friends.

Danny would bring home lots of projects and paintings every week. I wanted a nicer way to display them and something that we could change them out as he brought them home. Also, a way to easily change out photos would be great too!

I had seen wood and wire/clips displays all over Pinterest. I thought that it would be far outside my crafting ability. But I was determined to make one of my own. Honestly, I figured I could just wing it other than follow a tutorial. But there are so many inspirations out there like this one from Heels in the Mud.

I had a couple of wood based projects I wanted to do so I headed to Lowes, kids in tow, to get the supplies. I selected a basic 6ft wood plank and a very nice man cut it into two pieces for me, a 4 ft and 2 ft. Minwax Polyshades Stain in Mission Oak is what I settled on for a base color. I have zero experience with staining wood, but I thought, how hard could it be?
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I ran by Hobby Lobby and got the metal clips, and also another stain, Rust-Oleum Wood Stain in Weathered Gray in hopes of making a master mix of color. I already had my oil rubbed bronze spray paint from my prior Light Switch project, and wire and hooks from a large picture hanging kit we bought years ago.
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I started with the Mission Oak stain and, using cheesecloth (also purchased at Lowes), applied it to the wood pieces. You want to keep everything moving in long strokes to keep the stain smooth and not blotchy.
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I let it dry a bit and then used the same process with a new piece of cheesecloth and a little of the Weathered Gray stain.
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I tried to just keep blending the colors letting some peek through more than others in different places. I wanted my plank to have a little bit of a charred look so it would match the black and oil rubbed bronze accents in our home. So I lightly sprayed my spray paint through out my staining process.
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Once I was happy with the color, and it was dry, I brought it in to attach the brackets. I measured everything out and set it out to see that it looked good before screwing it in. I attached the loops, just push and twist, then attached one end with wire, twisting like a twist tie then around the loop, then pulled the wire taut and did the same to the other side.
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I wanted space to hang pictures, 4×6 prints, at the top, so I spaced my clips about 9.5″ apart and secured them with screws. Then I painted the screw heads to match with acrylic black paint.
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My board still needed a little something so I added, “Dream, Believe, Create” in chalk marker. A tutorial on how to make chalk marker words & art is coming.
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Just add sawtooth hangers to the back and hang! I love the finished product. Making this sparked more ideas so stay tuned for those too!

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