Monday, May 16, 2011

Trendy Thrifty Laundry Art

Hey remember me...I was soo gung ho about blogging for a while and then I fell off of the face of the blogosphere!
Let me reintroduce myself as the girl who seriously has way too many projects on the brain and way too little time to execute. I predict that every once in a while I will mentally need to step back and re-evaluate my priorities, my "free time"(aka..nap time), and my heart and soul.  I want this to be a place that I can document the little unimportant but fun and somewhat fulfilling projects that pop up in my little brain to make our house a cozy home. While..... not neglecting what truly makes this house a "home" which is my hubby and 3 precious laughter inducing, tear producing, bear hug giving , hair pulling outing children! 
So now that I cleared up where my mind has been...
Here is a thrifty little project that I have been tinkering with that finally came to fruition this weekend.  I have been bothered, actually really bothered(it is an illness that many of my fellow bloggers have) by the bare wall in my laundry room.  We have very sloooooowly tried to warm up the room. I am hoping to post about some of the things we have done in the laundry one of these days when I find my before pics!  So for now just this little project will have to do.  Anywho...I had been looking for what I call "laundry art"  I wanted fun, vintagey, maybe even funky art about laundry because well..where else can you put fun, vintagey, funky laundry art?  I was looking for colorful yet cheap and just hadn't come up with anything that was floating any of my boats really.  As I attempted to stimulate my creative side at Hobby Lobby with the kiddos(I usually forgo bringing the kids anywhere where I need to be able to think) I came across these.

Yep clothespins

Correct me if I am wrong...that is what these were used for at some point right?  Fitting for laundry art aren't they?   Well as I have mentioned before I have had a longtime love for a good ol' sunburst.. I am having trouble linking to them at the moment but I have mentioned my love for these fancy wall fillers a couple of times in previous posts.  So I went looking for circles..
and found these....

 1.99 for six 8" cake boards
And then I found these lovely little wood circles too so I bought both because I wasn't sure what would work best.  Just fyi I have a tendency to think very little about the execution of a project..I prefer the buy it and if it is or isn't going to work take it back approach hence why I have 4 bags of "stuff to take back" in the car at the moment.  Problem is finding the time to take it back..Need to work on this!
 When I got home I realized I had purchased two different kinds of clothespins.  Ugh!   Turns out it worked to my advantage.  Again, not a planner but I am just going to roll with it.
See how one is pointed and one isn't?  This actually helps when varying the height of your "bursts"
In this pic below I was playing with the pointed ones and varying the height.  This was before I knew I would run out of these and find shorter stubbier ones in the second bag.
Here I was playing with the clothespins that most of us know a little more personally but I didn't like the more kitschy look that it gave the project.
Here it is ready for a coat of white spray paint.  I got lazy and only coated the front.
Remember this "cirlce" of wood?  I painted it with Americana craft paint in Spa Blue and hot glued it to the front of the sunburst after it was painted.
Then I dug around for some ribbon and hot glued a loop to the back to hang it.

And here she is!!!!!
Kind of fun and quirky with a sophisticated side right?
Now she isn't bright and bold but I decided I need to hold back a bit since we will have the house on the market soon(I will save my boldness for the next laundry room).  
I do think she turned out super cute though.  Have you guys done any quirky laundry room projects?  Don't you think it is the one place where you almost feel like you can get away with something a little more out of the norm because it is really only you that sees it?  I can't wait to explore all my color options when we move to the new house..It will be my little "office" so to speak so I am hoping to step out of the box with color there.  But until then this little project helps keep me from being annoyed at the blank wall!

this project was linked to the fabulous parties on the right sidebar and since I need to update my list..
these great blogs too!



Jill said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfect! This is so crafty and just right for a laundry room. Visiting from Made by You Mondays and am now following :)

Jill @ JunkyVagabond

Wendy said... Best Blogger Tips

Great idea! Whenever I get around to re-doing my laundry room, I may have to steal this!

The DIY Show Off said... Best Blogger Tips

Super cute, Jess! I love it! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity in the DIY Project Parade! ;)


Stephanie said... Best Blogger Tips

ohh I love this! What a great idea!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute!

Katie said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE this idea. I think this might have to be the newest addition to my laundry room craft projects! I’d love if you stop by Sew Woodsy and link this project up!

Tanya @ Greetings From the Asylum said... Best Blogger Tips

Ahhhh...Laundry room love! This is super cute! Thanks for sharing!

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said... Best Blogger Tips

I will definitely have to remember this when we redo our laundry room. Great mirror! I am featuring this at Grab my "featured" button.

Chris said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so darn cute! I am a new follower. :) Chris

Christina said... Best Blogger Tips

oooh so fun! I love starburst mirrors!

Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"! :)

Michelle said... Best Blogger Tips

What a cute idea! I love it! I am visiting from Somewhat Simple and I would LOVE if you would kindly link up this awesome idea to my very FIRST Delicately Constructed Fridays; a crafty linky party that starts tomorrow!
Please :)
Have a great day!!

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said... Best Blogger Tips

This is adorable!!! And perfect, because I have free space on the wall right above my laundry sorting bins. Thanks for sharing.

Rosemary@villabarnes said... Best Blogger Tips

Cute and quirky!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said... Best Blogger Tips

So darn cute!! What a sweet idea- love it. :)

The mum of all trades said... Best Blogger Tips

How did you come up with that?!!! such a cool idea, I want one.

Lanell said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm a new follower. I found you at Chic on a Shoestring. I want to make a sunburst mirror and am keeping my eye out for something different to use on mine. Good job on the clothespins. Haven't seen that before.

Donna and Sara said... Best Blogger Tips

What an original idea, great job with this project.

Kristina said... Best Blogger Tips

How wonderfully clever! Lovely.

Jenna, SAS Interiors said... Best Blogger Tips

I think this is such a creative project that I featured it as my favorite pick for this week's Saturday Spotlight! Come over and take a look ~

If you'd like, please grab the "I've been featured" button on the left sidebar

Congrats on a great job!
~Jenna, SAS Interiors