DIY Laundry Room “Tip” Plaque

DIY Laundry Room “Tip” Plaque

Hi Friends! As a family of 6, we are always trying to find projects that are quick, easy, and budget friendly. Here is one of our most recent DIY projects that we came up with while cleaning out our laundry room a few weeks ago.

We began noticing a continual problem with all of  that forgotten loose change either left in our pockets, or collected at the bottom of our clothes bins during sorting time. Over time, it would end up in a pile on top of our washer and dryer. So, when we recently began re-organizing our laundry room, we quickly realized that we HAD to come up with a solution for all of our loose change.

That was when we came up with this fun design for our “Tip” plaque. It provides a great way for us to collect  all of our change in one easy location, as well as adds a pop of color, and fun style to our small space. And one of the best parts about this project is that it was so quick and easy!

From start to finish, it took us less than 1 day to complete! The other great thing is that it didn’t cost us a penny! The wood used for the backing was reclaimed from a home that we took apart last year. The rest of the materials that we used were left over from other projects that we did. We hope y’all enjoy!

Here is our step-by-step process of how we made our plaque:

1.) We started with a beautiful piece of 100 year old rough-cut oak. We cut to our piece to 13 1/2 inches long x 6 inches wide. We chose these measurements by doing a rough layout of the spacing for our jar, lettering and font size, and bow that we wanted to use for our project.


2.) We wiped our surface area down and used a distressing technique with petroleum jelly. With this technique, petroleum jelly is only applied  to  the areas where you DO NOT want the paint to adhere to. So, in order to achieve the desired level of distressing that you are looking for, you can simply either add more or less petroleum jelly to your project piece. We chose to go with a little heavier distressing on ours. By doing so, we felt that it went along with the age of our board and allowed for a more rustic feel. As you can see in the third picture, the areas where we applied the petroleum jelly to are a bit darker than the areas where the petroleum jelly was not applied.



3.) We then brushed on a very light coat of Valspar signature paint in flat in “Ice Blue.” Since our board had beautiful rough-cut marks from when it was originally cut, we did not want to use too much pressure, or too much paint to our brush when applying. If we had done so, all of our gorgeous marks may have been hidden by our paint. In the third picture, you can already see the paint beginning to separate in some of the areas where we applied the petroleum jelly.

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4.) Once our paint was fully dried, we wiped our board off with a rag.  As you can see, areas where we applied the petroleum jelly wiped off easily without much pressure being applied.


5.)  Next, we applied a quick coat of Rustoleum Decorative Glaze in “Java Brown.” We simply painted our glaze on with a sponge brush, and then lightly wiped it off. This helped to tame the bright blue color, as well as give our plaque an aged look. You can see our finished color in our third picture.


6.) Once our glaze fully dried, we painted on our lettering with a Sharpie paint pen in “White.” Paint pens are easy to use, dry quickly, and come in a variety of colors. We do advice practicing on a scrap piece of board if this is your first time using a paint pen. To make applying the lettering a little easier, you can tape off your space where your lettering will be added, as well as writing out your lettering in pencil. This way, you can easily erase and fix your lettering until you have it the way you would like it. This will also ensure proper sizing and spacing of each letter.



7.) Next, we applied a coat of Minwax  Polycrylic in Clear Satin. This sealed our entire piece, and will help to protect all of our hard work. We enjoy using Polycrylic because it goes on easily,  and dries quickly.  Since it is water based, it can also be cleaned up with soap and water.



8. We then sprayed an adjustable metal ring in Rustoleum Metallic All-In-One spray paint in “Oil Rubbed Bronze.” You can leave the ring in its original silver color, but we chose to go ahead and paint ours for a more finished looked that would match our space much better.  Once our paint fully dried, we adjusted it to fit the opening of our Mason Jar, tapped a nail hole in the back (do this on a scrap board as to not damage your plaque), and then attached the ring to our plaque.  Then all you will need to do is place your jar into the opening and tighten the ring securely around the mouth of your jar. For safety reasons, it is also important to remember to cut off the excess metal on the ring once it has been attached to the backing, and the jar has been fitted and inserted.

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9.) Our final step was adding a handmade burlap bow. It goes along nicely with the rustic theme of our plaque, as well as fills in the blank space along the top.

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And here is our final product…..




  1. […] 5.) Now it is time to hang our cross! Here’s a little bit of quick info on the finish of our cross…. We spray painted it about a year ago with Rustoleum Kona Brown Spray Paint. We liked the color as is, but felt that it would blend in with the natural color of our pallet boards. So, we decided to add some Valspar Antique White Latex Paint that we had on hand that was left over from a previous project. (This is one of our go-to paints! We absolutely LOVE IT. And so do our clients!) We used a petroleum jelly technique when applying. If you would like to learn more about this technique, you can view the step-by-step process from one of our last blog posts by clicking here. […]

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