Monday, March 26, 2012


Remember how I told you that I've been working on a surprise in my laundry room.  I've been enjoying the subway art that many of you have been creating.  It was while painting my laundry room that an idea sprang to mind.  I wanted a little something more than just plain boring painted walls, and thought: why not create a "subway art wall" or "wall of words".  So that's just what I've done using the words!

Laundry, Wash, Dry, Fold, Repeat

This project was very labor intensive, but was of no cost to me since I used scrapbook paper I already had on hand.  Originally I thought I'd make my own stencil using contact paper and my cricut machine, but because the walls are textured it didn't work wellWhat I did instead was cut out letters using my cricut machine.

Here's how I did it.  Using a level, I positioned the printed out paper as a template with a level.  I then added the words adhering them by spraying the backs with re-positional spay glue.  After I was sure where I wanted the words to stay ( level and not repeating the same words twice in a row.), I glued them to the wall using an inexpensive homemade wall paper glue.  This is a recipe from my mom that we used when I was a child.
Homemade Wallpaper Glue Recipe

Boil 1 cup of water,
 in another dish mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch 
adding a small amount of cold water.
  When the water comes to a boil add the cornstarch mixture. 
 When a consistency of wall paper glue is reached, your glue is ready.  If it becomes to thick just add a little more cold water.

Using a small paint brush, I brushed the glue on the back of each letter.

The best tool to get the letters positioned correctly was a tweezers.

Here's a reminder of what the wall looked like before.

Here's how it looks now.

Sorry about the quality of the photos.
It was very difficult to get good photos of this wall because of poor lighting (no outside light source/windows) and because the room is so small.

The color of the room is a blue gray color,
Clark + Kensington paint from Ace Hardware.


Total cost for the room so far
 paint - free
 letter/words = Zero dollars!

I still have a few more projects that I'm working on for this room.  I hope to share them with you soon.

I'm linking this post and joining these linky parties...

Simply Klassic Home Sunday Linky party
Between Naps on the porch - Metamorphosis Monday 
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Making the World Cuter Monday Link up Party 
At Home with K - Terrific Under 10 Tuesday 
Tuesday's Treasures - My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia 
Best DIY Projects of March Linky - Beneath My Heart 
Thrifty Decor Chic - Before and After Party

Tip Junkie handmade projects
Home Stories A2ZTDC Before and After


  1. Just adorable Joy! Love it! Can't wait to see what else you are up to for this room!

  2. So very cute, Joy! What a wonderful idea. Thank you so much for visiting!

    1. I LOVE this! You did a great job. I am going to head over and become a follower of yours. I would love it if you would come by and check out my blog as well!

  3. What a great idea, Joy. I'm just about to reveal my guest bathroom which was also handpainted wallpaper.

  4. What a cute wall!! I love it. I have the same problem with lighting in some of my rooms. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I love meeting new people. That's so neat that you live in a parsonage! Have you read the Mitford series? Such a cute set of books.

  5. Joy, your laundry room makeover turned out really well and adding your word art to the walls was simply amazing! They make the room just pop. I have to laugh because my grandmother used to make her own paste, as well! I think she used flour, though. I got my free paint from Ace, too. What a great way for me to get some furniture painted- I'll be making my own "chalky" paint. I used ASCP for a few projects, but for my last desk re-do, I made my own for the desk drawers. It worked out great.

  6. Joy, it's adorable! And a great tutorial too! It looks wonderful! Great job!
    One Chatty Chic
    PS Come link this up at my place on Wednesday if you can?!

  7. What a great wall transformation! You have a lot of patience gluing all that by hand. I'm off to explore your blog. Have a great week!


  8. That's such a clever idea. Such a fun thing to do in a laundry room. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

  9. I'm following you back via LF.

  10. I like it! It looks like a lot of work, but it looks SOO cool on your wall.

  11. I love the scrap book paper on the wall! Its such a nice way to make doing laundry a little more fun!

    Thanks for linking up at Beautify It Monday! We were thrilled to have such a great turn out for out first party! Features will go up on Saturday and we hope to see you back again on Monday for week 2!

  12. What a fun laundry room! Love the colors and the way you did the walls. Linda

  13. You really achieved quite a sophisticated look. Thanks for sharing!



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