Laundry Room Quick Art projects

September 11th, 2012

While shopping for little decor items for the new laundry room, I came across these beauties at Home Goods. I love canisters, and I love galvanized steel, so this was an easy buy for me. Plus they were pretty cheap to boot, so I scooped them up! The only problem with them is the labels. Flour, Sugar, Tea, and Coffee are hardly laundry room material. But no matter, I’m a graphic designer I can whip up some labels!

Here you can see them in the laundry room, I have two on the shelf next to the detergent, and two on the countertop.

And of course I have them backwards so you can’t see the kitchen labels. This will be my first little art project for the laundry room. I haven’t had a chance to design the labels yet, but here are a few ideas (chime in if you have any good ones)

Bleach Crystals or 100% Crystallized Bleach Granules

Powdered Fabric Softener

20 Mule Team Borax

Powdered Laundry Detergent

Super Washing Soda

Anything else you can think of that would be in a laundry room? I’m going to probably get these going this weekend, so check back next week for an update.

The other art project I want to work on for the laundry room is getting some art on the batten wall. I have these papers that I designed for The Sweetest Thing, and the color palate matches my accessory shelf and brings in some bright tones

So for now I just placed the papers up on the gallery shelf

But I need to figure out the best way to display them. I don’t know if I want the bulkiness of frames, so I could mod podge them on some thin canvas or wood boards. Or I could press them between acrylic sheets with some metal hardware… Or I could put them in frames and do some cool arrangement with different sizes. Any suggestions?

I found these few ideas on pinterest:

Mounted on shelf board and hung on the wall. I could do a 2×4 or 2×6 arrangement like this over the batten wall.


Or something with letters or shapes instead of squares. But not sure how much I can make it relate to a laundry room unless I used the words “laundry” which is a bit too literal for me.


This is a cute idea – odd shaped frames, plates, ovals etc with the paper. I like it the best, but It would be a lot of hard work (and time) to find enough eclectic items to fill the space.


Or I could do a collage type gallery wall but instead of frames just have the paper cut into different sizes for visual interest. Something like this:


Those are the only ideas I have so far, but maybe you have some super creative ideas too! I don’t know when I’ll get to this especially if it’s more detailed, but hopefully soon. This baby is coming in less than 2 months, so I’ve got to kick it into gear with all these projects!

11 responses to “Laundry Room Quick Art projects”

  1. Circle says:

    I’ve seen some cute vintage sillouettes of girls doing laundry. Your paper makes a cute backdrop.

    Also, if you do words, they don’t have to relate to laundry. Maybe something that inspires you or that you want to remember everyday. Do you guys use this as a frequent entrance? Something you want your family to see and remember often. But, yeah, you are compulsive, you probably want it themed.

  2. Bridget says:

    I love those galvanized canisters! Those are a find!


  3. Jen Allyson says:

    I agree! I was kind of giddy when I found them. Perfect for a laundry room!

  4. Jen Allyson says:

    those are cool silhouettes, I definitely think I could do something fun with them… hmm.

  5. libbywilko says:

    Love the sort of photo/paper collage wall, I’m sure whatever you choose will look great.

  6. Candie says:

    Hang paper from clothesline with clothespins. Paper could be pieced to look like quilts or cut into shapes like clothes.

  7. Circle says:

    Love Candie’s idea!
    Can’t wait to see what you do, Jen!

  8. Cindy says:

    I like Candie’s idea too – and you can add extra clothespins to hang some of your little one’s artwork along with the papers.

  9. Julie M says:

    Rather than the word “laundry”, how about words that relate to laundry, like “suds”, “mangle”, “scrub”, etc.?


  10. Tiffanie says:

    I found your blog through your guest post on House of Turquoise. Your home is gorgeous! Here are some laundy words: “Wash n Fold” or “Fluff n Fold” “So Fresh, So Clean” or “Soap n Suds” or “Stain” or “Soil” or “Rinse” or “Rinse Cycle” or “Spin Cycle” or “Wash * Dry * Fold * Putaway” (almost like instructions).

  11. Kate C says:

    You could use foamcore or that blue/pink foam to decoupage the paper onto. It would be lighter to hang.

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