No one should ever criticize a DIY’er for hoarding stuff.
Because usually, we end up doing something fabulous and useful with it. Doesn’t matter that it’s years later or next week. The point is, we know a keeper when we see it.
That’s what happened to me two years ago.
I had just left work at the end of the day on the military base where I worked. Parking was atrocious, so we usually had to walk all the way across campus to get a spot. Anyhow, on this day, I was grateful for the walk, because I never would have passed this lying in the grass on base:
It was too perfectly weathered rustic wood to just leave there, you know? So I slung it over my arm and gleefully shoved it in my garage when I got home.
For two years.
I almost tossed it out a few months ago. What was I thinking?? Back in June I transformed my laundry room (below) and knew I wanted inexpensive art and a touch of creativity in my laundry room.
This was going to be PERFECT.
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The first thing I needed to do was cut slabs of wood off. Thank God for this RYOBI circular saw. To think that I used to be afraid of using it…. Now I feel like a total DIY bad-ass when I pick it up.
Now I know why they call them power tools. Just sayin’.
If you don’t have weathered wood like this, you can always scrounge up a pallet somewhere. They’re a dime a dozen nowadays. Just cut the juicy part off the pallet ;).
I took two of them and laid them down vertically. This formed the back upon which the horizontal pieces would be placed.
Then I laid down the rest of the board horizontally and used my RYOBI AirStrike to adhere the top boards to the bottom boards.
If You Don’t Have a Nail Gun
Just wing it with some nails and a hammer. Or if you want to get real creative, bust out the Gorilla Glue (watch my video on how NOT to use Gorilla Glue! Don’t say I didn’t warn you….)
When you’re done, it looks like this:
Next, I wanted to stencil something cute on it, so I used my Silhouette cutting machine and stenciled “Mommy Needs a Laundry Fairy.”
My best friend had the nerve to tell me that the saying was “corny.” (read: stupid…not cool…). Umm…..dude, whatever! Hasn’t she ever heard of whimsy??
Did you know that these little picture hangers have a small ruler on the back! GENIUS for making sure the hooks are straight!
It literally cost me nothing to make. And it’s cute, whimsical, and makes me smile when I see it. I’ve got more rooms coming up in my 30-Day Room Makeover series, so I’m sure I’ll be doing more of these in the near future!
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