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DIY Printed Vintage Sign Transfer to Washboard for $5 - Tutorial

$5-10
Easy

Laundry decoration. I bought a plain wooden washboard at Michael's for $5. Then I painted, found a vintage sign and transferred it to the board. Easy peasy.
diy printed vintage sign transfer to washboard for 5 tutorial, crafts, home decor
Paint: dark stain, then vintage blueish-greenish paint, then whitewash with white paint in water.
diy printed vintage sign transfer to washboard for 5 tutorial, crafts, home decor
This way when distressed, different color layers will show up.
diy printed vintage sign transfer to washboard for 5 tutorial, crafts, home decor
After whitewash
diy printed vintage sign transfer to washboard for 5 tutorial, crafts, home decor
I printed out the sign mirrored onto a plain paper. Cut it out. Used Mod Podge on the board, then turned the paper onto it. I made sure the coverage is even, smoothed out bubbles. (this technique works for laser printer)
diy printed vintage sign transfer to washboard for 5 tutorial, crafts, home decor
Let it dry for at least 2 hours (more vintage look) or 24 hours for a more perfect transfer.
diy printed vintage sign transfer to washboard for 5 tutorial, crafts, home decor
Using a sponge brush, start wetting the paper, until the letters show thru.
diy printed vintage sign transfer to washboard for 5 tutorial, crafts, home decor
Then gently start rubbing the paper away
diy printed vintage sign transfer to washboard for 5 tutorial, crafts, home decor
With your finger... Until all the paper is gone.
diy printed vintage sign transfer to washboard for 5 tutorial, crafts, home decor
Then distress your piece.
diy printed vintage sign transfer to washboard for 5 tutorial, crafts, home decor
Here is a closeup, how it turned out.
diy printed vintage sign transfer to washboard for 5 tutorial, crafts, home decor
I actually hung this on the wall

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  • Jessica Serrano-Gregg
    on Feb 11, 2017

    Love this piece and your tutorial is great and easy to follow. Great job

  • Joanie
    on Apr 22, 2018

    I have an old wash board hangin' in my laundry room. I left it as was. I keep magnets on it. I have a magnet from Sears of an old wringer washing machine. Just 1 displayed. I can't imagine havin' to wash clothes on it. Oh My!! But they did....Bless their hearts!

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