Shabby Laundry Sign

I am very excited to tell you about this new sign I made for my laundry room. (I photographed it on my fireplace mantle because the light is better.)

This HERBS sign has been hanging above my washer and dryer (see how dark this photo is). I love the sign, but what do herbs have to with laundry?

So I decided to make a new sign, but I wanted it to look old. I primed and painted a board and then used my electric palm sander to roughen it up.

You may remember my pathetic attempt at stenciling. I knew I need some help with this sign!

I follow a wonderful blog called House Of Smiths. Shelly, has a vinyl lettering business called Wonderfully Wordy. I decided vinyl letters were exactly what I needed for my sign. I was able to customize the color, font, size etc. of my vinyl with Shelly all with a couple of emails.

The vinyl was super easy to apply and it looks so great! Way easier than stenciling!

My sign turned out just as I hoped it would!

I repeat (wink) if you are wanting to make your own custom sign, but painting free hand or stenciling intimidate you, vinyl lettering is the way to go!

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  1. very nice! I'm gonna go check out her site right now!

  2. LOVE your spin on this!
    So so so cute!

    I'm TOTALLY loving the old distressed look too!

    Great job girl! And thanks for the shout out!
    ~Shelley Smith

  3. Ooh, now that's a great laundry room sign. I'll have to go check out her sight.

    Everytime I try to do a sign by hand, I run out of sign!!

    Great job.


  4. Absolutely, Lisa ~ that is the way I roll, too! : ) Vinyl all the way. I am horrible at free handing any kind of painting; stencils I could do, but the vinyl is less messy and much quicker. Love the way your sign turned out. I did a vinyl for my laundry room but put it right on the wall. I love it!

  5. Love your sign . . thank you for sharing past mistakes and how you moved forward to get the current sign. I have had many failures like your first sign . . but this latest success of yours has inspired me. I'm new to blogging and hope you'll check me out. This is my first time to visit your blog but I'll be back regularly now! Love everything you do!

  6. Looks great. I love the herb sign, but you are right, this one is better. You did great.

  7. Oh I am in love with your sign!! Definitely better for your laundry room. Vinyl letters huh? I will have to give them a try! Thanks for the tip!

  8. Lisa, this sign looks fabulous!! I would never have known that the letters were vinyl! I love it, you clever lady! Hope you are having a wonderful week ~ Tina xx

  9. Great sign! Love the distressing!

  10. Hi Lisa,
    Your sign turned out wonderful! I never would have known, either, that those letters were vinyl. Great job!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Hugs ~ Jo :)

  11. Your laundry sign is so cute. My next project is a laundry redo, so this inspiration was perfect timing!

  12. Love it!

    It's so perfect in your laundry room! I can't wait to play in my own. It's so unloved at the moment. :)

    Thanks for the inspiration!


  13. Lisa, I also wanted to say, you designed this very well. You left enough 'white space' between the edge of the board and the text. Kudos!!

    Coming from a 17 year sign veteran. :)


  14. great job! I have to look into vinyl letters since stenciling is a challenge for me!