Stashing a bottle of wine in the basket of clean towels, like this happy homemaker has done, probably wouldn't hurt either.
Thanks to the pairing up of Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and Canvas Corp Brands, those of us who can't have a life-size retro pink laundry room can at least make one in miniature. Heck, with a little ingenuity, we can even have a sink bursting with bubbles!
How to Make a Retro Pink Laundry RoomBegin by creating your room base. I created a room from three squares of 9" x 9" foam core because I wanted a little bigger set, but you can opt to assemble a Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Room Box if you put fewer pieces of furniture in the room.
7gypsies Architextures 8 x 8 paper pad and adhere to your wall panels to create a baseboard.
Paint a Window 4 Panel with white acrylic paint. Place a rectangle of Blue & Ivory Mini Dot Reverse behind it and glue to the wall. Add some curtains by scrunching some pink and white scrap fabric with a hot glue gun.
It is easy to stick on and even reposition the vintage laundry starch sign with nifty Architextures removable ephemera.
The TableNext assemble the Tile Top Table using a strong adhesive. A lot of people wonder what to use for this kind of assembly. My personal favorite is Beacon Fabri-Tac because it is thick, dries quickly without me having to hold pieces in place and doesn't have nasty fumes.
Paint the table an off-white color. When dry, give the table an older, distressed appearance by accenting it with brown ink. Next, take one of the green pieces from the 7gypsies Architextures Junque Pack Attic and cut apart little squares and adhere to the top of the table, creating miniature tiles. Cut two rectangles and add to the front of the drawers and add small brads for drawer handles.
The Washing MachineFind a small round plastic container to reuse (I used a micro bead container). Center the container on one of the 3-inch cube panels (Coming to Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts soon) and trace around it.
Remove the container, assemble five sides only of one of the 3-inch cubes, placing the round hole you made in the front and keep the bottom panel of the cube off. Prime the washer with a coat of gesso.
Insert the clear plastic container and hot glue into place. Open the container and add small pieces of fabric to your "wash load".
The DryerTake one panel from the second 3-inch cube set and cut out a door. Sand the edges of the door and the panel so the door will open and shut smoothly. Prime all the pieces with a coat of gesso.
Punch a hole so that you can later insert a brad door handle. Use linen tape to create your door hinge and adhere one side of the hinge to the interior of the door and the other side to the panel interior.
Assemble the cube, placing the door hole you made in the front.
Give the dryer two coats of pink acrylic paint and a final coat of gloss gel medium. Paint a brad silver and when dry insert it into the door.
Cover both a plastic flexible straw and metal nut with silver paint. When dry, trim the straw down and glue the flexible edge into the hole of the nut.
Decide where you want to place your washer and dryer. Center the straw/nut combo with the middle of the dryer and glue to the wall.
Washboard, Laundry Hamper & Sink
To make the washboard, adhere silver foil tape to both sides of a thin piece of chipboard and cut into a small rectangle. Run this through a corrugator paper crimper. Cut strips from the "crates sheet" of the 7gypsies Architextures 8 x 8 paper pad and adhere to both sides of chipboard. Make the washboard top, sides and bottom from these strips.
Cover with silver paint.
Cut a 6" strip of fine mesh. Lay a thin nylon string along the top edge, fold the mesh over and glue in place. Do this without getting glue on the string so that the string can still move freely. Repeat on the other end with the same piece of string. Glue both sides together to form a bag with a drawstring closure.
Repeat to make a second bag and fill the bags with small bits of fabric.
It's all in the DetailsBringing the laundry room together is all the little details. You can easily make the Happy Homemaker, vintage laundry boxes and the jar labels (and a whole lot more) from retro papers I designed.
Well, I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. I'm off to do the laundry. -Betsy
Great Stuff3 inch-cube (two) Coming to Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts soon!
Tile Top Table
Window 4 Panel
9" x 9" squares of foam core (three) or Room Box set
7gypsies Architextures Junque Pack Attic
7gypsies Architextures 8 x 8 paper pad
Canvas Corp Blue & Ivory Mini Dot Reverse
Canvas Corp Pink & Ivory Mini Dot Reverse
7gypsies Trousseau 8 x 8 paper pad (retired)
Vintage Laundry #1
Vintage Laundry #2
Retro Pink Household
Twinklets Diamond Dust
Set of unlabelled jars, bottles and tins
Small plastic container
Silver foil tape sheet
Assorted miniature items from personal collection
Gloss gel medium
Narrow wooden dowels
White nylon string
Hot glue gun
Corrugator paper crimper