Making my own Laundry Sign

Hi there, all.  I'm happy to say we are still enjoying some beautiful weather here in Colorado, but rumor has it it's going to get cold again on Wednesday.  Let's hope the rumor is wrong.  Today, I'll be sharing about my laundry room sign and how I made it.  Now, I really like my laundry sign, but making it took some time and effort.  Here's the end result.

 It turned out much better than I hoped, and I like the rustic look with the bright blue colors.  The laundry room is painted peach (didn't choose the color-just renting) so I wanted something to stand out.  I think it works!  We are on our way to a laundry room makeover!

The sign was made out of pallet wood.  Here's what the sign looked like in the beginning.  Big difference, right?

I saved the pallet from the dumpster, brought her home, broke her apart, sanded, then finally cut the pieces down.  Sound like a lot?  It was.  I just wrote a post discussing the TRUTH in using pallet wood for DIY projects.  If you missed my synopsis, you can read it HERE.

I built a shelf in my laundry room and stained the wood in a rich walnut by minwax.  I did the same here for my sign just to give it that same rustic look as the shelf.  I wanted the rich color to just peek through behind my paint.

 Now to add color over the stain.  I had this blue I picked up on a free paint weekend at Ace Hardware.  I wasn't to crazy about it though, so I mixed it with a navy blue that has been sitting in my garage for years- never opened it until now.

 I painted with the light blue first, then mixed the colors and painted over the first coat.

 I layered another coat of the lighter blue and my rustic blue sign was on it's way.  I used a sponge brush and just used long strokes.  There's really no getting it wrong here.  It has a beachy look think.

Now for the fun part.  I don't have a cricut or silhouette machine.  I've always made my signs using my computer and a pen.  To see how I use that method, you can read about it HERE.   For this sign, I had to get creative.  Pallet wood is raw, meaning it's not treated.  With treated wood, you can push down hard with a pen/pencil and trace the letters onto the wood.  You're left with an indentation on the wood which gives you a great template.  Not so with pallet wood.

 Instead, I traced my letters with a Sharpie marker.  The ink seeps through the paper and you see the outline of each letter.  Now we have ourselves a sign in the making.  I think I'll be doing this method from now on.  Pushing down hard with a pencil to trace each letter can be quite the tricep workout.  This was much easier.

 Next, I painted ever so carefully.  My white paint covered the sharpie marker by the way, but I still outlined each letter with a regular black pen just so they would stand out a bit.

At first, I just wrote my first quote in the sharpie marker, but I wrote it too small for the overall sign.  I decided to start over.  How do you take off sharpie marker?  Use rubbing alcohol.

 I quickly painted that plank again, but I didn't have to start from scratch.
Back to my computer to print my quote.  If you do this, you might have to play around a few times with the font size.  I find my font sizes are always between 120-200 depending on the sign.

 I used the sharpie method again and painted the first quote in black.  The final results were well received by the Lewisville munchkins!  They seem to like these little projects of mine.

The sign itself was a budget saver.  I had all the materials in my garage, and the wood was free since I delved down into the world of pallet wood rescue. 

The laundry room is coming along.  It is coming along indeed.

I link all my projects with some wonderful blogs.  To visit them, go to the {Link Party Love} page found at the top of this page on the {Home} bar.
Also linking to:
Between Naps on the Porch
Savvy Southern Style

No Minimalist Here
The Shabby Creek Cottage

Miss Mustard Seed

Funky Junk Interiors
Coastal Charm