Here it is mid-April in the Twin Cities and winter is still going strong. I’ve been so patiently waiting for signs of spring. But lately it seems like just when enough snow melts for us to see the ground, another round comes in.
This past weekend the snow started Friday night, we had blizzard conditions by Saturday afternoon and the snow continued to fall until sometime after midnight last night. I believe we broke some records and got well over a foot of snow.
But on the bright side, it was a weekend. So we didn’t have to go anywhere, which left us with plenty of time to just hang out at home and binge watch some Norwegian TV. Mr. Q and I got through all of season 1 and halfway through season 2 of Okkupert (Occupied). Somehow it seemed appropriate to be watching this show while the snow came down. But the weather also gave me a great opportunity to work on some projects.
One of the projects I worked on was updating an old wooden ironing board. I’d painted it several years ago with black chalkboard paint and tried to sell it at a couple of my occasional sales, and there just weren’t any takers. So it ended up shoved in the back of the carriage house. Out of sight, out of mind.
But then Prima Marketing sent me some of their new re.design transfers including the design called ‘Laundry’ (in the middle).
It was the perfect size to add to the old ironing board and turn it into a sign.
I started out by painting over the black chalkboard paint with a coat of Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in Shutter Grey. Then I used some Homestead House Salad Bowl Finish to create a resist (read more about that technique here) and then added two coats of Homestead House milk paint in Raw Silk which is a white with a grey undertone.
Once the paint was thoroughly dry, I added the transfer following the directions provided in the packaging.
After the transfer was in place, I sanded it very lightly with 220 grit sandpaper and then added a top coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Wax.
The transfer was the perfect size for my ironing board.
I set up a little laundry folding scene against the designated blank wall in my piano room. Some bloggers might have been able to stage a laundry sign in their fabulous, light filled laundry rooms. Not me. My laundry facilities are in my ancient 100+ year old dark basement complete with damp concrete walls and cobwebs we can’t keep up with.
I wish I had a pretty spot like this for folding my laundry down there.
I have so many tablecloths to fold …
I won’t be hanging on to the laundry co ironing board since I don’t have a spot for it that will do it justice.
If you’re local and you have a nice blank wall in your laundry room that would be perfect for a vintage ironing board turned sign, be sure to check out my available for local sale page for more details.
In the meantime, we’ll be here shoveling out from the storm, watching the rest of Occupied and hoping that spring really is coming this year. Eventually.