Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Laundry room makeover

My laundry room recently got a little makeover...

From a shade of grey (or is it gray)
to a chocolatey shade of brown (think Hershey bar)
I'm hoping it doesn't make me want to eat the laundry (hayuk hayuk)
It's actually an Olympic color (from Lowe's) called Seal Skin

The painter was Anthony's sis, Christy
          See her in action !
nice (she doesn't even tape off)

We've been in our house almost 5 years (time flies) and one night a couple years ago I guess, Anthony had a little tummy trouble and kinda barfed a bit before he made it all the way to the potty. So bless his heart, he cleaned the walls and of course with lovely flat paint, left smudges. Thus, the laundry room makeover.

So for the "art" I wanted to do, I had seen this nifty thing on Pinterest where you can transfer images to canvas yourself. A little DIY. (ahem
So away I went - 
     to shoot some laundry room art...

I had to get my mother-in-law to help me since she had the nearest, straightest clothes line. See her arm in the right margin?
from that ...
      to this (courtesy of Photoshop)
The clothespins were all dry rotted from long term exposure. And we fiddled with the line a little too much cuz we ended up breaking it. Ha! That's why Janice was having to hold it up.  

This shot was cool, but didn't make the cut.
Went with this one instead.

And a little stack of folded towels by the laundry basket seemed to round it out fine. 
I realize the other shots are more old school, but eh, who cares?! It's my laundry room and I can mix it up if I wanna. 

So anyway, back to my project... on Pinterest I found this blog that had the instructions for putting a picture on canvas. 
*Note: You print your image on copy paper with a laser printer, not an inkjet because your image will smear into a mess if you use inkjet. And since one of mine had words, I had to print my image in mirror image.
Click here for the instructions

FYI - Mod Podge does a lot of little cool things...
This is what my canvas looked like after brushing on a pretty good coat of Mod Podge 
You flip your picture over and smush it down, trying to get all the creases out. The one on the right had just been smushed down. 
The one on the left is in the next step...after letting it dry a few hours (or overnight, which is what I did), you spray it with water and start peeling. And you peel a lot. A whooooole lot. 
And you'll think you're all done, but then as it dries, you see this... more paper to peel (sigh) here we go again... 

But it's worth it folks -  
This shot is my fave!
I like how distressed, vintage and OLD it looks ~

And my other little project involved photography, too!
I found this canvas art at Big Lots for $9.99. 
It was cute enough, but I needed it to have more BROWN in it... so I just slapped on some more of the wall paint and voila 
We're getting there...
Have you seen those pictures where people have taken a picture of a random object to make a letter? And then they spell out their last name or something? 

Look at this pic - 
You're probably seeing the bottom of a bucket, and thinking you're wasting my time Lyndy! 
But I saw the letter D - look again
I shot some other things to spell the word LAUNDRY and used a bit of scrapbook paper, some more Mod Podge and hung myself a sign in that newly made over laundry room o' mine. 
The L and U reside in an old wooden bench
The A is from a good old-fashioned swing
The N is a horseshoe o' course
That bucket made a good D
The R is a shepherd's hook of sorts that holds a bird feeder
The Y is obviously a tree limb

It ain't fancy and probably won't appear in any Better Homes & Gardens mags, but I like it nonetheless. 

Now I SMILE when I clean our dirty clothes. (wink, wink)

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