When a Washboard Becomes a Piece of ART

Lisa Cain
by Lisa Cain
3 Materials
2 Hours
I bought this old washboard, from the 1930's at a local shop. The "branding" on it was wore off, so I knew it wasn't going to be a collector's item and could repurpose it. And I LOVE repurposing! So here you go, it ended up with 2 sides to it for change of decor, and 2 ways to use it as well.
This is my pretty when I brought her home. A little dingy, but this gals got muscles, and can clean it up~
Scrub a dub dub...outside getting washed and rubbed!
Her she is all shiny and clean. Just love how it came out.
I added a dowel rod to the bottom of it, so it could be used for a towel holder. I also started staining the left hand side, to see if I liked the darker look of the wood, as compared to the right, which I did. So I stained the whole thing, with just a generic brown stain I had bought somewhere a while back.
I cut out a sunflower that I had printed on my printer, and Mod Podged it to the top of one side. Added a towel and hung on my wall. But wait....I like change sometimes....so...........
I did the same with a printed piece of a butterfly. Mod Podged it to the other side so I could change up my look when needed. But wait....sometimes I need change....so.......
I decided to just set it on my tabletop and become a beautiful piece of art, all by itself. And of course, I can use the other side again......

as a different look for a beautiful piece of art.
After I came back to it a few times, I hung it up again, and added a little steel cup with some rose petals that were about done in my vase. I put a few around the table, as if they fell softly from the cup. Now THAT'S a piece of art, right there!
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  • Dun21444811 Dun21444811 on Jun 05, 2018

    Loved the project,I have two wash boards no am going to try it on one. Can you tell me if that is matalic paint on the purple chair with the washboard on it. What colour is it. Thanks

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  • Jeanne Johnson Ortego Jeanne Johnson Ortego on Jun 11, 2018

    So pretty! Love it! You are so creative!

    • Lisa Cain Lisa Cain on Jun 11, 2018

      Thank you Jeanne. I think we ALL have creativity in us...it's just getting the time to let it out!!!

  • Carolyn Carolyn on Jun 19, 2018

    Love your recycle idea! I have a washboard passed down thru family & used "as is" for magnets! Can be used for both at same time!

    • Lisa Cain Lisa Cain on Jun 19, 2018

      Thank you Caroly, and LOVE that you have a washboard with family heritage!!!