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DIY Laundry Sign ~ Farmhouse Style

“The best things in life are free”, yes that’s true. Though, I’m also partial to “The best things in life are easy”. haha. That’s because free (as in curbside #trashure) usually ends up in a whole lotta elbow grease. What I’m referring to is a DIY project. If you take a peek below, you’ll see someone’s attempt to create a DIY laundry sign. While it’s quirky cute, I want to take it up a notch. My goal is to show you how to easily create your own wall art that looks professional without big bucks.

Laundry Sign Before | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

So, someone decided to use a cut of board and added a wire hanger to create this sign. That’s perfect. However, the stenciled from is somewhat lacking. I like the idea and even the color, but…what about snazzing it up a bit?

Back of DIY Laundry Sign | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I mean, no offense to whomever gave this a try, but I did find it at a local thrift store so I’m assuming it wasn’t all the rage. tsk.

LAUNDRY MUSINGS

As you can imagine, my itchy sander finger is ready to take off that stenciled art. Bring it on, baby!

Sanding DIY Laundry Sign | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Notice that I’m sanding away “lifes problems”…a grammar error I hope to correct. I do enjoy laundry. Yes, I know, I know, many abhor it to the hilt, but for me…it means my loves are here. Not only that, but also that I am able to do laundry. What a blessing to be able to see traces of my family about me, sighing over how fast time flies, and knowing one day I won’t be doing this anymore. Laundry, to me, is a celebration of family.

Then, as soon as I’ve sanded the sign down to raw wood, I use my reactive stain to give it a charred/blackened look. I just love this stuff! It’s less messy than a regular stain, works with the tannins in the wood to age it right before your eyes, and is done within minutes!  Also, you can see it in action in the video below.

Staining DIY Laundry Sign with Black Reactive Stain | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Upcycled Clock Face Table from Vintage Ash Tray by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

CREATING TEXTURE

Meanwhile, while I wait for the stain to cure, I grab some scrap luan from my stash and trace a laundry basket using a printout from the web.

Tracing Laundry Basket for DIY Laundry Sign | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I cut out the basket using my jigsaw, but if you’re not into power tools, you can use a coping saw. It works wonderfully and is just as good as a scroll saw. In addition, you can use any of those wood cutouts you can find in a craft store as well. That’s when I turned around and spied the leftover seat caning in my burn box that came from my vintage chair that became a laundry rack and then an upcycled bin rack.

Chair Seat Caning for DIY Laundry Sign | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

It looks like a basket to me! I trace my wood cutout on the caning and cut it out. After that, I glue the caning on the wood and add rope to accent. This will add a dimensional effect to my DIY laundry sign. While I know y’all don’t have a busted chair seat hanging around, you can use jute twine to make similar, or textured paper, or fabric, or paint a design on.

Finally, I want to add typography. Not only do I adore typography, but I am making a sign, right? Using my sign tutorial I create a graphic and trace it on then hand-paint it in.

Tracing Sign for Typography | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

If you don’t have the tech savvy to create graphic designs, just know that anyone can trace a design. Print out something you find or copy one out of a book and tape it to the window if you don’t have a light box. You just need to try!

CLEANING UP

After all is said and done, my DIY laundry sign is showcasing a different sort of vibe. I’m lovin’ it!

DIY Farmhouse Laundry Sign by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #art

Handade DIY Laundry Wall Sign for Farmhouse Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #laundry

Can I just say this was so absolutely fun?! The little basket adds just the right amount of texture, while the typography says it all for our home. Additionally, the black stain lets the wood grain peek out and add even more texture.

Rustic Farmhouse Bedroom Cupboard in Bedroom by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #bedroom #farmhouse

Endless Love & Laundry Sign by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #diy #farmhouse

In each and every project I create, my goal is to give you inspiration that spurns you to try it yourself. Is it working yet? Part of the excitement is in just trying, the other is seeing your vision come to life.

Hand-Painted DIY Laundry Sign for Farmhouse Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #sign #art #handmade

If you’d like to make this sign a part of your home decor, you can find it and much more available in my online shop.

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SHARE

As always, it only makes the creative juices flow better when we share with others. Take a minute to leave a comment below, then pin and share to inspire others too.

A thrifted sign becomes a whimsical DIY Laundry Sign with a bit of imagination and know-how | Tutorial at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #laundry #thrifted #upcycled

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blog signatureArt Deco Dressing Table Before Upcycle | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

 

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Comments

  1. Ginny says

    So sweet! The basket on this sign looks so real. Love it! I have to say I also don’t mind doing laundry for my family!!

  2. Rebecca - NC says

    Unbelievably adorable!!! The ? totally makes it!!! I love the way you give help to all levels of “crafters.” You always make me feel as if I can do it and that makes me want to give it a try!!! You’re the best!! ?

    • Larissa says

      That’s exactly why I do what I do…you make it so fun, Rebecca! Thank you for the ever-encouraging words.

  3. Audra says

    OMGosh! This sign is so cute!!! I love how you created the laundry basket- very clever!

  4. Claudine says

    I absolutely love this! Beautiful! 🙂

    • Larissa says

      aww…you just made my day, Claudine. I sure have fun creating and sharing is the cherry on top.

  5. Charleen says

    Another hit!!The basket detail is just charming!God has blessed you with an imagination and a half. Have a lovely day.

    • Larissa says

      You are a sweetheart, Charleen. Thank you so very much! It’s a blast to recreate or create period.

  6. Evelyn says

    That is a super cute Laundry upgrade!
    I love that the old caned seat was put to great use & looks perfect!
    Well done.

    • Larissa says

      I was so stoked I hadn’t burned the caning yet. haha! Thanks so much, Evelyn.

  7. ROBIN says

    WOW! THAT IS AMAZING!! VERY CREATIVE!! I JUST LOVE HOW YOU MADE THE CLOTHES BASKET. I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL, I MISS DOING MY SONS LAUNDRY. I TOOK SUCH PRIDE IN TAKING CARE OF HIS CLOTHES SO HE WOULD ALWAYS LOOK CLEAN AND SHARP.

    • Larissa says

      Yes, it’s such a blessing to have many to care for. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Sending hugs!

  8. Teresa says

    I love the basket! I would not have had the vision to use cane that way. However, I say that about may things you create. So imaginative, but also talent to bring it about!

    • Larissa says

      It’s a weird kind of way how things come about in my noggin’. I literally wasn’t sure what to do with this sign, but once I start looking at my stash my wheels get to rolling fast! 😀 Thank you, Teresa.

  9. Niki says

    I don’t mind laundry, there is always too much of it, ?. This sign is great Larissa. I like the 3-d effect on the basket.

    • Larissa says

      Right? I lose count with the loads I do each week for all 8 of us. Winter definitely adds on with all the layers and bulky clothes.

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