New Take on Vintage Washboard

This past weekend five of my girlfriends and I went up to my dad’s lake house for a final summer hurrah.  Along with boating, shopping, and eating we also hit a few yard sales.  Let me tell you, Milford, Michigan is the place for some killer yard sales.  I got this vintage washboard for $.25.IMG_0691 It was in great shape except for the actual signage part.  I knew I could change that out easy enough.  So I pried the top wood piece off, slid out the sign, and cut a new piece of 1/4” luan with my jigsaw.IMG_0702 I also wanted it to be functional so I cut a shelf out of some wood I had on hand (the width of the washboard) and attached it with some “L” brackets.IMG_0708IMG_0709 Then I taped off the metal washboard and spray primered and painted (Rustoleum Blossom White) the whole thing.IMG_0711I distressed the edges with some coarse grit sandpaper.  Then I designed some lettering to cut with my Silhouette machine.  If you have a Silhouette machine and would like the file please email me and I will be happy to send it to you.IMG_0713IMG_0716IMG_0718

I have yet to hang it in my laundry room, I will get to that tomorrow.  But I think it will go fab with my light blue walls. 

A little vintage made new!


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  1. What a steal … and it looks amazing now!

  2. The Mom @ Babes in Hairland says:

    That is so cute. Haha – I never realized you didn't have a FB page. Guess I'm still in the ice ages then. I just can't bring myself to do that yet. I have a personal one, but for my hair blog I just can't do it yet … something about time, ya know? I know it's the "thing" to do … but I feel pulled in so many directions already. But you bet I'll 'like' you! 🙂

  3. Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek says:

    A quarter? Wow! It looks great!

  4. One Life Many Journeys says:

    So cool! Does anybody even say that anymore??? It is though. I love it!

  5. I love the fact that you made this a functional piece by adding a shelf – GREAT IDEA – I really like it. Question – is it just my system or what? I really have to look hard to read the words on your blog. Not complaining – cuz it might just be me.

  6. says:

    and she scores! wow! great find, and I love what you did with it.
    if only… I had a silhouette. I would love for them to let me give one away! But they ignore me. 🙂
    as does csn. poor me! hahahah
    anyway, I love how your project turned out, it really is awesome!

  7. Looks great! What a find for a quarter! Wow, Milford must be a real yard sale haven. Hope y'all had a great time!

  8. Can I get that file… please? I am getting a Silhouette for Christmas (I am sure it will be an early present because I am so excited). Love your blog. Thanks so much. wkpanter at yahoo dot com

  9. Wow!! .25?? That is AWESOME! Way to go! You made it look beautiful, I absolutely love it. I wish I had a Silhouette! =)

  10. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    Can't believe the bargain you got! Those go for more 'round here. Love the makeover you gave it. 🙂

  11. Wow!…Glad you had a great time with friends. Sounds like so much fun! Your sign is perfect!

  12. Stephanie@cre8tive says:

    One Life Many Journeys-I say "cool" all the time! So it must still be cool to say it:) But then again I live in California. I love this shelf. A quarter? You rock. I so wish they would make that machine for Mac users, it looks so cool to use 🙂

  13. Love the washboard re-do! I have an old washboard from my grandparents house just waiting for me to do something with it. It has rust on the metal part and is much more beat up than the one you got. Maybe I'll attempt to fix it up sometime soon.

  14. It turned out great….SO cute!! Love that you added a shelf too.

  15. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I have done several craft projects off your website and I just love reading about your latest project!

  16. love love love this!!!!!! We have plans to remodel my laundry/mud room and I have been collecting items to go in it (much to hubby's dismay since the project isnt even started yet!!) this is fantastic!

  17. Heather Renee Photography says:

    So cute! I have a silhouette machine and would love to put that vinyl sign on my laundry room door. My email is: aheartwithwings at yahoo dot com thank you!

  18. Page@ThriftyNiftyWise says:

    Just found your blog via Thrifty Decor Chick. What a great find! Love it 🙂

  19. That turned out really cute! Great work!

  20. This is a total WOW project. And for a quarter…sweet!

  21. Joseph's Grainery Recipes says:

    Adorable! Wash, rinse, fold, REPEAT, REPEAT, REPEAT! It seems like it's never ending. 🙂

  22. Cute! Did you paint the lettering you cut with your Silhouette or did you cut vinyl that you applied?

  23. Jen @ Balancing Beauty and Bedlam says:

    No you did NOT get that for a quarter! WOOT WOOT. Didn't your jaw just drop when they said the price? I lOVE that. And what you did with your Siloutte? So cute. 🙂

  24. Alison @ Stretch My Check says:

    Love, love, LOVE!!! and the sweet bird on the shelf makes it even better. A simple and perfect addition to your laundry room!

  25. Very cute! As for the FB page, sorry. Not on there and not planning to be. 😉

  26. I was really bummed reading this to see that you were going to change out the sign. I thought it was perfect the way it was. But, as usual, you proved me wrong. I really want a sillhouette machine. Too fun!

    Brandy Kiker
    Pittsburgh, PA

  27. Megan {Honey We're Home} says:

    I love that! I'm amazed at what you can do with that machine!

  28. Bernadette Merikle says:

    Cute project. man I wish I had a silhoutte. can't seem to win one to save my life though (smile). One day we'll join the employed masses and save up the pennies. great redo!


  29. This is awesome! What a steal AND you really spruced it up! 🙂

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  31. Lori@ Paisley Passions says:

    That turned out GREAT! I love it 🙂

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  32. What a great makeover.

  33. EnchantedBella says:

    That is so cute. I always see those washboards at my local GW. I might have to borrow your idea.

  34. I totally have 2 of these sitting in my garage, I found them in a junk pile! Now I know what to do with them…off to makeover the washboards!

  35. Beautiful! I don't foresee finding a vintage washboard for an absolute steal like you did (wow!), but I'd love your file for another project.

  36. Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage says:

    Love that!! If you find another one for a quarter — mail it to me! 😉

  37. It's so cute! I would love something like that in my laundry room. When I have a laundry room, not just a scary corner in the basement! LOL. Great find!

  38. Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue says:

    This is just too cute! I love your idea!

  39. What a great find! I love how you transformed it! Beautiful!
    I love Michigan yard sales, antique shops and whatever else you can find. I am from Michigan as well!

  40. Michelle@Somedaycrafts says:

    You got a steal! I saw these last week at the antique store for $25!!! I love your redo and am featuring this at today!

  41. Sassy Sites! says:

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  42. This idea is adorable! Thank you so much for sharing your treasure!

  43. I love your washboard! I have a little washboard hanging up just as a decoration, but now you have inspired me to add a shelf. And your little round white jug, which I'm guessing is a vinegar cruet … I have one without the stopper and I just now realized what it is.

  44. ★All Thingz Related★ says:

    We featured this, today, as one of  {Our Favorite Thingz}!

  45. OMGosh, that turned out soooo cute. I love it Ü

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