Monday, June 22, 2015

Before & After...Laundry Room Art

Happy Monday friends! I have a little before and after to share with you today. Have you ever bought something at a thrift store or yard sale that you had no idea what you were going to use it for but you just had to have it? Well, that's the story behind these wooden plaques you see below.

I liked the small size and the hangers at the top. I knew eventually I would find a use for them, so they came home with me and went into the project stash. I had an idea for wall art for my laundry room redo and went to my stash to look for picture frames and spotted these while I was looking. I immediately knew they were perfect for my project. I painted them black and didn't even bother trying to get the old floral print off the wood. It will be covered up anyway. Sorry for the blurry photo. These are all taken at night with my iPhone.

I went looking for vintage laundry graphics and my search led me to the Graphics Fairy site. I chose a few and printed them on vintage dictionary pages.

Notice the word iron on the page? I printed each object on the page containing the definition for it.

Next I needed a way to attach the pages. I didn't want to decoupage them on, so I decided to use a few old upholstery tacks I had on hand. I had exactly the number I needed! 

Here is the final product! I was having a hard time getting a picture without shadows so sorry for the odd angle. I will share again after they are hung in the laundry room. I love the way they turned out and are even better than I had envisioned.

I am using neutrals to decorate with in my laundry room because I did something a little different for me. I used color paint on the walls. I also used corrugated tin for wainscoting. Here's a little sneak peek! I can't wait to get it finished! I'll share an update soon. We are going to purchase my new washer and dryer tomorrow and should have the majority of the redo complete by then. It has been a pretty quick project due to the small size of the laundry room. It is approximately 5' X 6'. Pretty small but it gets the job done!

I hope you all have a lovely week. I'll be back to share some updates in the craft room tomorrow. 
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Until next time.....


  1. Hi Vicky, I love your photo pictures you made for the laundry room and so creative of you! Have a nice day and thanks for sharing at our Cooking and Craftingwith J & J.

  2. Dear Sweet Vicky, your art work is adorable. You could not have found or made anything prettier than that, I love the graphics, the dictionary pages and the black and white. Not only that, but using corrugated tin for wainscoting is genius . . . I cannot wait to see your finished laundry room! I'm so excited for you . . . new kitchen, new laundry room . . . it's wonderfully exciting and could not be happening to a sweeter girl:)
    Have a fabulous day!
    Your blogging sister,
    Connie :)

  3. I love your art projects.

    I am excited to see this corrugated tin wainscoting.

  4. These are so cute! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  5. Very clever idea, Vicky. I can't wait to see the laundry room when you are finished.

  6. Hi Vicky :)

    Happy belated Birthday! You were born in the same year at me, except I'm in November.

    Your projects for the new laundry room turned out really cute. I can't wait to see it when it's done :)

    Have a great week!


  7. I love your creative redo of those plaques, very cute & cool!

  8. So stinking cute.. what a clever idea on how to reuse the plaques. Love that.
    Have a great week!

  9. Very sweet idea for your laundry room! Can't wait to see the rest of the room.

  10. Vicky, what a clever idea!! Love the dictionary pages and using the page with the definition of the print..perfect. CUTE!!!

  11. How clever, i love the pictures. A very clever thrifty project.

  12. Eeek! I can't wait to see tour tin wall! It's going to look great! Love your art printed on the dictionary pages with the tacks. They are perfect. Can't wait to see the whole space. :)

  13. Very very cute redo on those frames! I think they are awesome. Can't wait to see the finished laundry room. I love the corrugated meal and the color!

  14. So those pictures...simple but very cute. Love the new look!

  15. How cute that the picture is on the page of it's definition! I keep seeing Graphics Fairy mentioned in blogs....I must check it out! And yes, I buy things all the time that I just have to have with no idea what I am going to do with them!

  16. Love your project Vicky! Looks awesome!

  17. I love the little laundry plaques Vicky! Can't wait to see your laundry room redo with the metal wainscoting!


  18. I love how your dictionary page plaques turned out Vicky, and how awesome that you didn't permanently adhere them so you can change them any time you want. I really love the look. The Graphics Fairy site is amazing.


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