DIY Laundry Sign (thrift store makeover)

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It’s laundry day! Well, maybe not, but I’ve got a DIY laundry sign just for you!

Hey y’all!

Long time no see. I feel like I’ve been gone from projects forever.
Well, maybe not forever but for a while anyway!

Our monthly “Trash to Treasure Transformation” has knocked me back in gear though.
It’s tough getting back in the swing after the holidays, I tell ya!

But I’m ready and have bunches planned for the new year.

So, in case you are new here, a few friends and I have a monthly challenge…..making over a thrift store find.
It’s one of my favorites and I always have so much fun creating something and then seeing what my friends create with their finds.

Today I’m sharing a brand new DIY laundry sign for my laundry room……

DIY Laundry Sign - thrift store makeover - UP CLOSE - #laundrysign

…which actually looked like this “before”…..

DIY Laundry Sign - thrift store makeover - BEFORE closeup - #laundrysign

If I lived in the woods in a log cabin…..maybe.
Well, no, I don’t think this would have ever adorned my wall.
But to each their own, right?!

It was $8, a bit more than I would usually pay for something like this but it was large and sturdy.

I started out by spray painting it with black.
Then I painted over that in Pure White Chalk Paint®.

DIY Laundry Sign - thrift store makeover - painted white - artsychicksrule #laundrysign

I painted the black underneath so it would show through once “distressed”.

Next, I gave it a bit of distressing before I added the lettering.

I created this graphic in Picmonkey.

Thankful for Loads of Laundry


The saying was one that used to be on my wall before I painted.
It was from a company (I can’t remember which now) that sold those vinyl adhesive quotes for walls, etc.

DIY Laundry Sign - love this saying - artsychicksrule #laundrysign

That is from a photo of it on my wall. (again, before I had to remove it to paint)
I took that photo before I removed it so I could eventually make a sign with the saying.

I did decide to change the wording a bit though.

If you guys follow along on Facebook, you might have chimed in on my question over there.
I asked whether I should paint my yellow cabinets in the laundry or not and wow, did I get a response, or 500! ;)
Okay, well, not quite that many but I did get a lot.
I just love the Facebook community and how helpful and supportive it can be!

Anyway, there will be some updates and changes going on in the laundry room this year.

Okay back to the sign…

DIY Laundry Sign - thrift store makeover - transferring graphic - artsychicksrule #laundrysign

I printed out the graphic at
You can print large graphics over there so easily, love it!

I transferred it in the same method that I used here and here.

Want even more ways to transfer?? Check out my “How To Transfer Graphics” post! (sharing all the techniques I use)

Then I painted it in using a script liner brush and Graphic Chalk Paint.

DIY Laundry Sign - thrift store makeover - hand painting in transfer - artsychicksrule #laundrysign

I did one final light sanding to distress it a bit … and done!

DIY Laundry Sign - thrift store makeover - AFTER - #laundrysign

Quite a bit different from how it started.

DIY Laundry Sign - thrift store makeover - on wall - artsychicksrule #laundrysign

Perfect for hanging a few things to dry, or the dog leash or whatever!

DIY Laundry Sign - thrift store makeover - AFTER - artsychicksrule #laundrysign

Okay and in full disclosure…I’m not loving the flower flourish I put in the middle.
I may go back over it with white paint and add a painted wood decorative flourish instead.
Michael’s has a bunch so I may have to go take a look.
So stay tuned…this may just get a tiny change up! ;)

DIY Laundry Sign - thrift store makeover - BEFORE & AFTER - #laundrysign

Still, for $8, not too bad.

I just love the magic of paint!

Now let’s see how my friends turned their trash into treasure this month…..

Trash to Treasure Transformation

  1. Prodigal Pieces
  2. Bless’er House
  3. Girl in the Garage
  4. Confessions of a Serial Do It Yourselfer

(Jen from Girl in the Garage is having some technical issues with her blog in case your aren’t able to access her link)

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Click here to see past “Trash to Treasure Transformations”



  1. Love that verse, Nancy, and the update to that quirky picture! So fun and functional. Pinning!

      1. You didn’t mention anything about putting the knobs on, how you did it or where you bought the knobs. I would like to recreate something like this.

        1. Hi Jami,

          I didn’t put knobs on. The pegs were already there. It’s probably hard to see them in the photo because they were hunter green colored.
          Take another look and I’ll bet you’ll see them! :) I just painted them white along with the rest of the board.

  2. Hi! I love what you did and also what your friends made. But the link for the 3rd one isn’t working, at least for me. I’d love to see how this was transformed as well.

    1. Hi Gwen! Thanks so much!!
      I’m so sorry about that link. It seems Jen is having some technical trouble with her site (and are others on the same server/host). Hoping it will be up and running soon!:)

  3. Hi Nancy ¡¡ Completely agree with you :….”If I lived in the woods in a log cabin…..maybe.
    Well, no, I don’t think this would have ever adorned my wall.” hahaha
    Can you imagine to see THAT everyday?…must be dangerous for health¡¡ ha ha ha … anyway , as usual your makeover is fresh, quick, and very nice… and what I most like is the message …is so sweet ( you are a family dependant as me ), big hug¡¡

  4. I absolutely love your laundry sign!! It is so super cute!! I’m going to be on the lookout for a thrift store pic. Love, love, love it!!

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