For a while now, I’ve wanted to create a project using a vintage washboard. I just think they are so fun and they are a constant reminder of how grateful I am for my Samsung front loader! But they have great farmhouse style and plenty of possibilities for repurposing.
When I finally found one that was affordable and made from metal (as opposed to glass or all wood), I jumped for joy. Thanks to one of my favorite markets, I could set forth on my upcycling idea. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.
Even though this washboard was definitely vintage, it was a little “blonde” for my taste. So, with the help of my favorite wood stain, I transformed it into a “brunette”.
Because I was creating a Message Center (aka, a Reminder Center- because THAT’S what it will truly be), I needed something that could hold reminders- notes, business cards, etc. So, to stay with my farmhouse theme, I decided to use vintage (but unused) mouse traps!
I know what you’re thinking- that mouse traps are weird! But they are seriously the perfect little “clip board”. They just have a little extra hardware that I didn’t need.
Using pliers, I first removed the holding bar…
And then I removed the catch…
Until all that was left was the spring and hammer.
With my nearly-naked mouse traps in hand, I glued small magnets to the back. While the glue set, it was time to add some hooks to my Washboard Message Center. Because my washboard was a smaller one (made for lingerie), I attached some narrow robe hooks on the legs- I would have loved to use vintage coat hooks, but they were just too big. These, however, were perfect.
I had room for more hooks so I decided to add three cup hooks to the bottom of my washboard, underneath the corrugated metal. But the only ones I had in the right size were white- too bright for my project! So, I simply spray painted them in a vintage-y hammered amber!
Last, but not least, I needed a hanging mechanism- two D-ring hangers and some picture hanging wire to the rescue!
And then it was done! My mouse traps stuck to the metal perfectly, and the hooks blended in like magic, even though they were modern and new.
So, there it hangs in our kitchen- ready to remind us to put our recycling out on the curb…when the cleaning service is coming…when we’re low on stamps…or when a birthday is around the corner! Keys, sunglasses, and work badges can hang at the ready…all in the primitive farmhouse style that we both love.
I also bought WAY TOO MANY old mousetraps, so if you want to recreate something similar for yourself and like the look of the older ones, check my Etsy shop!