Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Laundry Room Art: Wash, Dry, Fold, Repeat

Laundry rooms are often the most neglected room in the house when it comes to decorating.  You throw a washer and drying in there.  You maybe hang a wire shelf and/or a hang bar.  Then, you close the door and pretend that room doesn't exist.  I wanted to make some simple art work for my laundry room, maybe it will make doing laundry a little less dreary.

The best part about this project, is that it can be adapted for any room in the house.  Just change what the canvases say and get creative with the center canvas!

Materials: Chipboard Pieces - Alphabet and Numbers,5 x 7 inch Pre-Stretched Studio Canvas Pack of 5 Canvasses (you'll need 4),8-Inch by 10-Inch Artists Quality Stretched Canvas, Clothespins (you need 7), acrylic paint, hot glue,Command Medium Picture-Hanging Strips

1.  Paint your four 5" x 7" and one 8" x 10" canvases.  If you're mixing a paint color, make sure you mix enough to paint all five canvases.  Apply an even coat of paint in the color of your choice (I used a robin's egg blue).  Don't forget to paint the sides!

2.  Let the paint dry completely before continuing.  You can you a blow dryer to help this process.

3.  Organize your letters.  Pull out the appropriate letters so you can spell "wash", "dry", "fold", and "repeat".

4.  Attach your letters to the small canvases.  Put a small amount of hot glue on the back of each letter.  Carefully place the letters in your desired location on the canvases to spell the above words.  I centered my words on the canvases, but you can put them in any location you would like.

5.  Attach the clothespins to the larger canvas.  Put a small amount of hot glue on the back of each of your 7 clothes pins.  Carefully place your clothespins on the canvas in your desired located.  I centered mine on the canvas, but you can put them in any location you would like.

6.  Mount canvases to the wall.  I attached one picture hanging strip on the back of each of the small canvases and put two picture hanging strips on the back of each side of the larger canvas.  Follow the instructions on the package to attach to the wall. You can arrange your canvases in multiple ways; I arranged mine like the 5 on a dice.

To lay out like mine:
  1. Hang the clothespins canvas in the center.  Hang the center first.  Find where you want this canvas to go on the wall, level it, and hang the canvas here.
  2. Mark where you want the corners of the remaining canvas to go.  I measured 1.5" down or up from each corner of the center canvas and made a mark for the corners.
  3. Line the corners of your small canvases up with marks you made.  Level your canvases.  Hang the canvases.

7.  Enjoy your decorated laundry room!

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