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Have you ever?

Have you ever had an itch that you scratched, and then you had to scratch it some more? I fear I have this itch. I thought it would go away with this craft. It didn't. It got worse. Much worse. More on that later.

My itch began over the summer and it resided in the locale of  my laundry room. I thought I could make my laundry room a smudge more tolerable by adding this window art.

Its pretty, but it didn't help.

So then I thought - I know I'll make my own laundry detergent and put it in something pretty! Well I did make my own laundry detergent and it didn't help, even if I did triple the recipe. I did a google search and forgive me I can't remember where I got this recipe, but here's the super simple recipe.

  • 1 bar shaved bar of soap, I used Ivory
  • 1 cup of borax
  • 1 cup of washing soda
Mix all of the above ingredients together for 5 minutes and voila!

So then after that, I decided to pretty up the cannister, which I got from Target for about $7.50. I cut a stencil from some repositionable contact paper and then just painted away with some enamel paint on my pretty container. 
I had to put the entire stencil on and then remove the pieces I didn't want so that everything lined up. Can you say PITA? I can, but I still did it because I'm persnickety like that. 
So here's the outline of what I wanted. I had to remember not to pull on the vinyl because it will stretch.  Nothing like making it even more difficult. :) 
I think I should have left it like this...what do you guys think? No, yea well you might be right. :) 
The paint stuck a little to the contact paper, so my lines aren't as neat as they could be, but I'm still happy with the chippy result. The paint job looks a little more loved and vintage this way. :)
She does look better, and I'm loving how simple and sophisticated she is, buuuuuut there is still that itch. So hopefully this weekend I will be able to scratch that itch and then come next week show off a super-duper improved laundry room. :)  Here's what she looks like on my lone laundry shelf right now.
Not the greatest set up, is it? And yes that is a bottle of regular laundry detergent. I still have to use that up, but it's almost gone. :)
Let's keep our fingers crossed, that I can get this space ship-shape because I still have to finish my costume, and start making a bajillion pillows for the gift fair.

sigh. I need a clone.

Have a great day guys!


  1. I've been itching to get at my laundry room, too, but I never get far since it tends to be the ack-someone's-coming-over-dump-the-junk-in-there space as well as where I wash our clothes. Maybe next weekend. Looking forward to seeing what you do.

  2. Love it! I'm very into type on glass jars, so this is great! Thanks so much for linking up to Style Feature Saturday today! -shaunna :)

  3. Fabulous! Great job! Thanks for sharing.

  4. That looks fabulous! You've also given me an idea to use repositionable contact paper on the Cricut. Hmmmm..! Thanks for sharing! -Tammy

  5. its posts like these that make me wish i didnt share a laundry room with my mother in law, you think she would be offended if i redecorated her laundry room? we use powdered oxyclean and iron out but we use liquid, i could totally make canisters for the powders. but instead of vinyl then paint, i would just stick with cricuted vinyl... you did a great job on yours, better than i could!

  6. Thank you for the lovely comments!

    @Cyndi - I would have used vinyl, but I only have fuzzy white vinyl and that would not have looked good, and I'm too cheap to buy vinyl. :) Although I did see that contact Paper makes a black leather looking paper, which I may have to invest in. :)

    @Flat Creek Farm - I have used repositionable contact paper for many stencils. the only thing you have to be aware of is that it will stretch.

    @Tanya - Our laundry room is also the hide stuff away room but at least with the changes I'll be able to hide more stuff in there. :)

  7. ADORABLE! Anything cute like that helps make our laundry rooms more tolerable....! :)

    xoxo laurie

  8. oh I think it looks great!! If you have time I'd love for you to come link up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings next Tuesday!

  9. You know I use the same recipe but add 5 gallons of water to it. It works great. I just add a bit of water to it at first to dissolve the ingredients then after that fill the rest with water and slow cook while stirring for about 20 min. then let stand over night. It will be thick so re-stir and then fill your jugs. Just shake before each use. Clothes come out great. Plus I use 1/2 to 1 cup of vinegar for my fabric softener, depending on the size of the load. Another cheap save.