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Chalk Painted Wooden Ironing Board Laundry Decoration

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It never fails. Every time I paint, especially furniture, I always seem to end up with paint all over me. This is why I keep a bottle of Member’s Mark® Ultimate Clean Fresh Clean Detergent from Sam’s Club on hand at all times. That’s because this detergent not only has superior stain fighting ability, but also is an exceptional value.

The great thing about chalk paint, is unlike acrylic or latex paint, it doesn’t immediately spell doom for any fabrics it might come in contact with. This means that if you immediate start treating the clothes with soap or detergent as well as hot water you can remove the paint from your clothes. Thankfully for me, my laundry room is in my basement right by where I paint. That way, if I get paint on my clothes I can immediately treat and wash them.

Creating a Wooden Ironing Board Laundry Room Decor

I was at an antique store a while back when I came across this great wooden ironing board. It had a metal stand which wasn’t in great condition but I knew that the board itself had promise. I removed the base and decided to make a cute, primitive laundry room decor out of the board itself using some laundry-themed stencils I had. After all, laundry rooms can always use a little extra personality! 

I began by removing the base and all of the hardware on the board. I left the holes from the screws in order to give it a little bit of extra personality. I used some dark grey/black chalk paint for the project. 

I wanted the edges of the board to stay natural wood, so I used some painters tape to tape all around the edges. I think painted a coat of the chalk paint over the entire board. Since I was hoping for a primitive, distressed look, I actually only did one coat of paint. This way some of the wood underneath would show through. 

After the paint has dried you will want to use a chalk paint wax to seal the entire project. Just rub in the wax until you have an even look. Allow the wax to set for at least 24 hours before you apply the stencil. 

Once the wax has set I applied the stencils. I use a great brand of stencils that are self-adhesive and use a silkscreen type of material to give them their intricate designs. I applied the stencil, making sure the whole thing was adhered, and used a special chalk paste to create the graphic. I then lifted the stencil, leaving behind some cute laundry-themed sayings. 

After all of the paint and paste has dried, you will want to use a clear coat to seal the designs to the board. I recommend one of the spray versions of clear coat. 

Now, all you have left to do is find a really nice place in your laundry room to display your new creation!

As I said, if you get any of the chalk paint on your clothes during this process don’t fret! Instead grab that bottle of Member’s Mark Ultimate Clean Detergent and rub it directly onto the paint and scrub with hot water. Afterwards, pop in in the washing machine and you should be good. 

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