Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wanted: Laundry Board Tutorial-Blog swap with House of Smith's!

OK-you are in for a treat today! I am blog swapping with my new BBF Shelley. She made this cutest board and all of you need to know how to do this. Bet you didn't know that you needed to know huh?
She is one talented girl, she has done awesome stuff with her home. Make sure you hop over there and check it out! Without further ado:
{Wanted, Laundry Board Tutorial}

Hey, all you Sassy readers!  It's Shelley from House of Smith's!
I'm totally stoked that Miss Tausha wanted to do a blog swap, so I could get to know her awesome readers!

I'm so excited to show you what I've been up to!

I recently re-did my laundry room, and have finally gotten around to making this fun sign for my space!

I don't know about you, but in my house we have lots of paired items that go "missing". lol.

So I wanted to come up with a fun, cute, creative way to keep all those items in one place

Cue: The "WANTED" board tutorial! :)

             here's how I did it.

Tausha actually gave me the great idea to SPRAY my clothespins, before I used them.

She IS the queen of spray paint!

She even told me once that she would spray paint her kids, a shiny new hi-gloss, if they would only stay still long enough.


After I had those done, and drying I painted my board.

I went with Cyprus Grass from Glidden... because I had some left over.
But you can use ANY kind of home or craft paint you have, that will match your laundry room.

Next, I took my Distress Ink and ran it along the sides of the board, to give it a "glazed, distressed" look, without having to deal with the pain of the glaze.

I just ran the ink pad on the edges, and take my finger and smudge the ink around.

The heat of your finger will spread the ink and make it look distressed!

How easy is THAT!?

I then took a piece of heavy duty scrap book paper and cut it to fit the board, and rounded the edges.

My board was about 15 inches long, so my 12 x 12 paper wasn't quite big enough.

No worries.  I just cut another piece for the end, and glued the back of it together.

See!  You can't even really tell!

I glued the paper onto my board and let it dry completely.

THIS is the hardest part. LOL.

I HATE letting things dry!

My Mom calls me "The Impatient Crafter" for a reason :)

Next, I took my painted clothes pins, evenly spaced them out on the board and then hot glued them to the paper.

(Before you do this step, you can take some Mod Podge and put it over the paper and board to give it a more finished look... I actually forgot.  oops!, but would totally have done that , if I had remembered.  It will probably hold up better)

I decided that it looked a little too "perfect" so I took some sandpaper to the edges of the clothes pins and then distressed them out with some more ink.

Next comes... the vinyl!

Sell the stuff, Love the stuff... nuff said :)

Whenever I apply vinyl I use a hinge technique, like this.

I get the vinyl where I want it.  Use a piece or two of masking tape, to hold it in place and then lift of the vinyl, peel off the backing paper and smooth it down.

You can buy this vinyl decal HERE from me.


And there you have it!

So easy, and a fun way to freshin' up and add a little more organization to your laundry room space!

Feel free to drop in at the "House" anytime!

And come check out Tausha's post today on my blog too!

Thanks Girl, it was fun!

~Shelley Smith


Hey if you want to check out my tutorial on how to LIQUID STITCH A PILLOW-Head on over to Shelley's house!
I also revealed my NEW CrAfT Room!!!

You are so going to want to see it.
Yes, it is THAT Awesome-and Yes, I am a little biased!

Happy Thursday!!!


  1. What an origional idea, thanks for the tutorial! I never would have thought to just use distressing ink - Duh!

  2. Such a totally fabulous idea! I think everyone could use a wanted board. :-)

  3. I'm in the middle of re-decorating my son's room...and I love your wanted sign. I may try to do something like this to display his artwork. Thanks for sharing. (visiting you from new friend friday)

  4. What a wonderful idea! I need to make something like this for all of our extra socks...

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday! Please join me next week for another great party!

  5. What a great tutorial. I happened by your blog from Just a Girl and recognized right away from yesterday on Studio Five.

    Love your style!

  6. I love it...only if I made one, It would need 50 clothes pins! lol Lots of people, lots of missing socks at my house! Thanks for a great tutorial. I found you at Shanty2chics blog party!


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