A Clearance Sign Makeover with Old Sign Stencils New LAUNDRY Design

October 17, 2016
I purchased this Americana primitive style flag sign about 6 years ago at a local craft shop.  It had been placed on clearance for $8.  I incorporated it for several years in my outdoor 4th of July decorating and I also used it indoors for Americana/patriotic vignettes.  

I haven't used the sign for a couple of years now and I had considered selling it, when inspiration struck to "makeover" the sign.  The back was stained and rather rustic looking, and I decided to use the back for my new design.  If you can't find a pre-made sign like I did, you can cut five 2 1/2"  x 44" x 1" boards and attach them with two cross boards nailed into all five boards.

I painted the back of the sign with two very thin coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.  I sanded the piece with 220 grit sandpaper and a wood block.

I recently received a complimentary stencil from Donna of Funky Junk Interiors blog to share with my readers.  If you haven't checked out Donna's *Old Sign Stencils line, by all means click the link and see the whole line, along with Donna's clever signs and decor created with stencils.

Besides the flag sign, I used a Hormel American Cheese crate purchased at the thrift shop for $2.

Also vintage clothespins from the thrift shop.

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The little Hormel cheese crate was attached to the top of the sign with screws and washers, and filled with the clothespins.

Sign Makeover with Old Sign Stencils "Laundry" organizedclutter.net
I also attached a saw tooth hanger to the back of my sign to hang it on the wall.  

Sign Makeover with Old Sign Stencils "Laundry" organizedclutter.net
I know I am going to keep my new sign for the laundry room but haven't decided exactly where to put it.  I also like it propped up against the wall because the clothespins and cheese box are easier to see than when its hanging on the wall or a door.

Sign Makeover with Old Sign Stencils "Laundry" organizedclutter.net

Sign Makeover with Old Sign Stencils "Laundry" organizedclutter.net
A new life for an old sign!

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On Saturday, October 22nd, I hung the laundry sign on this wall in my laundry room.  
*Old Sign Stencils provided me with complimentary samples.
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Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. This looks great, Carlene...and I love that you re-used a sign you had!

  2. Looks great Carlene ... the old cheese box and the clothes pins are just perfect for it.

  3. Hi Carlene, I like the white wash with the stencil! It turned out perfect and you got to re-use something...love it!

  4. Love all you did with this!! Great makeover.

    1. I agree! so yay..This makes me happy. Thanks!

  5. I love this sign. Love the use of the cheese box as well. Very very cute!


  6. Love it! I clicked over because of your "bad crop" comment on Funky Junk. I figured I'd better make sure it got some attention and I'm glad I clicked over - great job on it!!!

  7. So in LOVE with this striking combination, Carlene! I could think of millions of ways to use this beauty!

    Featured you this upcoming weekend on DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 351. Thanks for linking up! :)

  8. Wow what a transformation. It's wonderful. So many things you can transform with some paint.


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