I am sharing a vintage washboard memo project. Why? I’ve joined a group of bloggers that have been doing themed projects, Thrift Store Décor! I'm so happy to be part of this wonderful group of multi-talented ladies!
And .... y’all know how much I love shopping at thrift stores.
- Vintage Washboard (take a magnet with you to make sure it is magnetic-many are not)
- Small Tin Basket
- Small Hooks
- Wire (I use 18 guage)
- Decorative magnets
- Drill (bits)
- Hacksaw (the screws of most hooks will be too long and need to be cut)
- Needle Nose Pliers (to curl the wire)
I picked up this vintage washboard a few weeks ago at my local Vendors’ Village.
Right away I knew I wanted to make a memo holder out of it. I saw many washboards that day, but many of them wouldn’t hold magnets on the metal.
In order to make it a versatile memo board, I wanted to have a place for keys and mail. I took the washboard with me to Hob Lob to pick up some accessories.
After looking all over the store, and finally found the perfect red tin basket to be the mail holder.
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I was unable to find any red hooks, but that isn’t a problem when you have Poppy paint from Reclaim.
Paint hooks to coordinate with vintage washboard
I dabbled on a little paint with a cheap chip brush.
Drill holes in metal basket
While the paint was drying on the vintage washboard I pre-drilled some holes in the red metal tin basket.
Drill pilot holes in the vintage washboard to hold metal basket
I marked and drilled some holes for the basket on the bottom of the vintage washboard.
I drilled them at an angle to allow me room to get the drill in place to secure the screws.
Use a hacksaw if hooks are too long
The threads on the hooks were too long, so I used a hacksaw to trim them. I didn’t use the washers and nuts on the back of the threads. I drilled holes in the sides of the washboard and screwed them in.
For hanging the vintage washboard, I drilled some holes in the top and used some rusty wire threaded through the holes.
Needle nosed pliers were used to give a little curl to hold the wire in place.
Aren’t these small decorative clothespins cute? I bought them at Hob Lob. I have some of those super strong magnets stuck on the washboard, then simply placed the clothespins onto the super magnets.The small clothespins were held in place by the spring mechanism. EASY! I've learned a better way to use wire for displaying projects. A twisted wire handle looks so much nicer.
Here’s a nice close-up of the vintage washboard memo board hanging on the fence with some good lighting. Orignally I was going to do a chalboard for the top, but after buying the red items, I wanted to leave the advertising in place. You could use some chalkboard contact paper if you want a chalkboard feature.
And here it is hanging on my plank wall. Do you love it? Isn’t it so practical?
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.