From scrap wood to laundry room sign
After all the garage organization that’s been going on around here, I have been long overdue to take a break and get my craft on. The driftwood candle holder I built last week didn’t quite cure the itch, so I tackled another quick project I wanted to share with you today.
About two years ago (probably more), I bought an adhesive vinyl sign for our laundry room. It was just a few bucks on eBay. I never put it up because I didn’t like the idea of just slapping it on the wall. I wanted it framed by or mounted on something. But what?
Well last week, while puttering around the garage, I stumbled upon the perfect solution.
This board used to serve as a shelf on one side of the garage. But I have other plans for that wall (coming soon), so it was fair game for this project.
I feel about raw boards the same way a painter must feel about a blank canvas … so many amazing possibilities. 😉
I started by positioning the vinyl sign on the wood to see where I would need to trim it. Luckily, the width was perfect. I only needed to cut a bit off of one end of the board, which I did using my miter saw.
Next I went to town on the board with my orbital sander. I rounded the edges, too.
I applied my driftwood recipe to the piece to bring out the grain and give it an aged look.
To complete the driftwood finish, I added a coat of liming wax, buffing it to a soft sheen.
After that dried, I basically just lined up the vinyl on the wood and carefully peeled off the backing.
It turned out nearly perfect, which is extremely rare with any project I am involved in. 😉
I added two small screws and some wire to make it hang-able. Of course, you could go all fancy and use saw-tooth hangers or Command™ strips. I didn’t have either of those handy so …
Here’s the final result:
What do you think of my on-the-fly, DIY laundry room sign?