Laundry Room Sign

I’m still working on the laundry room, bit by bit, but since we completed all the large projects (see here, here & here), I’m focusing more of my time and attention on the details.

Much like this one:

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

I wanted to add a farmhouse/ vintage-y vibe to the room, so I made my own sign….

Here’s how:

First, I started with a basic piece of floor underlayment from Home Depot. It’s the same material that we used on the breakfast nook & laundry room plank wall.

I bought it pre-cut for around $9.00.

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then, I started drawing the shape. I based it off of this, but made my own changes here and there.

I measured up 4 inches, then drew a 8 inch line…

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then I went up 2 inches…

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

To make the “curve”, I drew the shape on a piece of paper…

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Covered the back side with chalk…

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then flipped it over, lined it up, and traced over the line several times…

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

With the chalk transferred over to the wood, I traced over that with my pencil.

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

I did the exact same thing on the other side, but I just flipped the image over to make sure it would match the other side. Easy.

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then I went over 2 inches…

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

And drew another “curve”. I followed the same steps as the first curve to transfer it…

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

I did the same thing to both sides…

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

And then drew the top, matching the same angles on each side…

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once it was finished, I used our jig saw and started cutting it out…

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once the first side was done, I started on the other side…

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

I was so happy to have it cut out… I love the shape!

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then, I used a piece of medium grit sandpaper and sanded down all the cut edges, making sure to go with the grain.

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

After I finished sanding, I wiped everything down and started staining with Minwax Provincial. I did two coats.

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

While the stain dried, I used my Silhouette design studio and started creating the graphics. Once I decided on the wording, I cut everything out on heavy cardstock…

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

After I triple measured everything, I used a pencil and traced the words…

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once everything was traced, I used black paint and started filling in the letters.

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then, to give the edge a bit of depth, I used the same black paint to do a bit of distressing…

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

It’s simple really. I started by brushing the paint on to each edge…

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

And while it was still wet I wiped it off with a dry rag…

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then, to give it a bit more muted look, I used a damp cloth to wipe it again…

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Simple but effective!

The finishing touch was to add a light coat of Wipe On Poly by Minwax. It not only helped to shine up the wood, but it also added a little bit of depth to the black lettering.

To apply, I used a cloth and simply wiped it on. It was really easy and the results are fabulously smooth!

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once the poly was dry, I used two sawtooth picture hanging tabs and attached them with super glue. They’re stuck and because this sign is super light, I don’t have to worry about the sign falling.

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

I’m in major love with the results. It turned out fabulously!

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

And it looks perfect in the laundry room…

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

When I was planning the sign, I couldn’t decide on what it should say… I haven’t ran across any laundry room themed signs that knocked my socks off (pun intended), so I stepped out a bit and brought in a farm theme, which happens to fit beautifully with our daily life!

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

I just completely love it.

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Everything about it makes me happy…

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

And I’m so thrilled with the distressed detail too…

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

It added a lovely depth.

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

And I’m completely loving the vibe it adds to the room too. Plus, it looks amazing with the laundry room table we built

Laundry Room Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

I couldn’t be happier with the how the laundry room is coming together. It makes me smile daily.

And I may or may not be planning my next sign…. I might be addicted!

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Shayna | The Wood Grain Cottage

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Lovely comments so far...

  1. THE SIGN IS BEAUTIFUL. YOU DID A GREAT JOB IN CREATING AND BUILDING THE SIGN. YOUR TUTORIAL IS ONE OF THE BEST I HAVE SEEN.

  2. THE SIGN IS BEAUTIFUL. YOU DID A GREAT JOB IN CREATING AND BUILDING THE SIGN. YOUR TUTORIAL IS ONE OF THE BEST I HAVE SEEN. I SEE WE HAVE THE SAME IRON!

  3. Love the sign– the black and the wood really compliment one another well. Love checking in and seeing all of your cool crafts! Thanks for writing.

  4. OH Shayna! It’s lovely. And what an amazing, original creation. You should be so proud :)))

  5. You really did a fabulous job!! Definitely captured the vintage feel!!

    Fotini

  6. Oooh la la…or should I say; Mooooo!!! I love this & can ya tell… I <3 cows!!! You are amazing, chickadee!!! Love it, big time, HUGE!!!
    Blessings & <3
    M

  7. Signs are addicting! I LOVE this one – the cutout shape it amazing and the design is adorable… I am seriously impressed with how professional and amazing it looks. Sharing on FB later and of course must pin!!

  8. Just stunning! Love visiting your blog.

  9. Love it!! So beautiful! What is silhouette design studio? I want to start making signs and have been trying to figure out the best way for letters and different fonts and sizes.

    Thanks so much for an info.

    Patsy

  10. So beautiful Shayna! you did an amazing job with this! it looks so professional and so beautiful! :-) I am always impressed with your beautiful work Shayna! :-) (read all the details & you wrote a great tutorial)
    wish you a great weekend too!

  11. Wow, this is amazing! I can’t believe you made it! I’m in love with your blog. Sharing this on my FB page today ;)
    Hugs,
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

  12. love it!!!! and it is perfect for your daily life… oh to have a laundry room to decorate… :)
    lucky duck having mixwax ask you to do a post. :)

  13. this is lovely! thanks for sharing

  14. You have really inspired me! I love all of your projects. So gorgeous!

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