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DIY with 1950’s Humor!

My DIY Obsession!

I have always loved crafts, sewing, and DIY projects of all kinds, and I have completely fallen in love with Pinterest!  Pinterest is a fun way to share and find tons of products and images of my own style and interests, and I have become obsesses with the DIY stuff people share! I have been inspired to do all kinds of new projects- so many that I am constantly finding it hard to finish them.  This is one of the many DIY projects I was inspired to do- a laundry holder/cupboard, shelf, stand…thing!  The one I saw on Pinterest fit 3 laundry baskets because it was made from a bookcase in which the bottom of it was at floor level, giving it more vertical room than mine.  I made mine from an old dresser that was by a dumpster (I used to work a large college apartment complex and they were extremely wasteful, and although I am not a typical “dumpster diver”, I can see what things “can” be and don’t like to see furniture go to waste if it doesn’t have to!).  The dresser has literally been outside behind my trash cans for about a year, waiting for me to have time and purpose for it. When I saw the laundry stand on Pinterest I finally knew what it was to become. I don’t have a laundry room, my washer and dryer are in the garage, and there are no cabinets or counters for any laundry or washing and drying supplies.  Although my new laundry stand only holds 2 laundry baskets, instead of 3, I am happy to finally have something to set my laundry soap, bleach, and fabric softener on!

DIY laundry stand with 1950's ads

I took what was left of the old drawers out and cleaned off the spider webs and dirt, drug it to my back patio, knocked out the front and center drawer boards, and nailed back together in all the places the boards were coming apart from eachother. Then I began painted it white (the inside seemed to take forever!).

DIY laundry holder

painting laundry stand

I wanted to ad my own personal style to it, so I went on google images and found a bunch of 1950’s laundry related ad’s and signs. I tried to find sheets of scrapbooking paper or wallpaper with the type of images I wanted but had NO luck. I printed the images out  (one by one) in a variety of sizes, on regular white computer paper and cut them ALL out by hand ( and cut the leftover paper into smaller pieces for scrap/note paper so it wouldn’t go to waste!).  The ad’s of the 1950’s were quite humorous, here are some of the images I used:

1950's humorous ad

humorous 1950's ad

50's laundry sign

50's laundry soap ad

1950's humor laundry sign

1950's pinup laundry sign

1950s laundry humor

1950s washer ad

I figured out how I wanted to place them first, then mod podged them onto the sides and top. I could have wrapped it around the sides and front but I wanted to keep that with a clean white look.

DIY laundry stand

(The wood hutch behind it is an upcoming project!)

laundry holder with 1950's ads

funny 1950's laundry ads

50's laundry ads and signs

1950's pinup laundry ads and signs


Dresser- free!

Laundry Baskets- free (already had them)

Rustoleum’s Painter’s Touch, white gloss indoor/outdoor paint- $8.48 @ Wal-Mart or Home Depot

White computer paper- $3.72 for a pack (which I did not use all of!)

Printer Ink- already had, but costs vary depending on your printer and how much ink you use

Mod Podge- $8.99 – 40% because I used a coupon for 40% off one regular priced item (which you can get in their ad’s in the sunday paper, or all the time if you subscribe to their newsletters by email!)

2″ Paint Brush, small roller and rod, paint tray- already had but all for under $10.00 combined


About Rockabelle Bombshell

I am a single mom of a 13 yr old boy and 6 yr old girl. I love DIY projects of all types, and everything Rockabilly! I love the Icons of the 50's, as well as classic cars, pinups, retro appliances and decor, and victorian gothic furniture. I think of myself as a tattooed 1950's transplant... definitely born in the wrong era! I love thrifting and "junking"- I rarely see junk, I see things for their possibilities! I started this blog to document my DIY adventures as I attempt to upcycle and recreate my furniture and home decor, add a Rockabilly touch to as much clothing as I can, make life fun for my kids, and share my love of Rockabilly!

2 responses »

  1. Great job on your project! I love all the vintage ads and signs. I like to use Mod Podge, too. That stuff is awesome.


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