Laundry Room Decor with a Vintage Washboard

Laundry Room Decor with a Vintage Washboard

While I am no stranger to upcycling vintage washboards, I have yet to create anything for my laundry room in my nearly 5 years of blogging. So, when I found this large brass vintage washboard at a local favorite thrifting haunt, I decided to repurpose it into some laundry room decor .

In fact, I think Joanna Gaines must have sprinkled some farmhouse fairy dust on me that day because I had all sorts of farmhouse thrifting luck!

Vintage primitive farmhouse decor- vintage washboard, green stoneware Roseville Pottery mixing bowl, and silver plate ladle by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hello, my lovelies…

But it was the vintage washboard that had me clucking my tongue, envisioning it as functional laundry room décor. In other words, it would be decorative, but would include a lost sock holder, a place to hold lint, and a place for things found in pants pockets. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

How to upcycle a vintage washboard into DIY laundry room decor and lost sock holder by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I think this will do nicely…

Making Functional Laundry Room Decor

To put my plan into action, I gathered a few other bits and pieces- clothespins, screw-in hooks, and a wire basket.

Upcycling a vintage washboard into laundry room decor and lost sock holder by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let’s combine these into some laundry room decor!

First, I drilled a pilot hole in the top center of my vintage washboard, right beneath those fabulous graphics. Then, I screwed in a large hook that I’d hang my galvanized tub from.

Adding a lint basket to upcycled washboard laundry room decor and lost sock holder by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

First, a hook…

This, my friends, will be a receptacle for lint! The hook makes it easy to remove and dump in the trash when it’s full.

Adding a lint basket to upcycled washboard laundry room decor and lost sock holder by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Excellent!

Ok, next step- I then marked spots for screws along the very bottom section of the vintage washboard. From there, I drilled shallow pilot holes and then hand-screwed in a wire basket. This will be for loose change, receipts, etc. – anything I find in pants pockets before tossing in the washer.

Attaching a wire basket to repurposed vintage washboard to become DIY laundry room decor and lost sock holder by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Now, a wire basket…

And yes, I used the screwdriver for that. I could have used my drill for both pilot holes and attaching, but the old 1940s washboard wood was soft enough for a screwdriver.

Last but not least, adding a lost sock holder component to my functional laundry room decor! I have oodles of clothespins left over from these previous projects of mine. And they also fit the whole “laundry” theme perfectly, so I glued on each side of the vintage washboard.

Creating a lost sock holder with a vintage washboard using vintage clothespins by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

And, finally some old clothespins!

Laundry Room Decor: Revealed

And there you have it- my functional laundry room decor with an upcycled vintage washboard is complete and ready to hang in my laundry room!

DIY Laundry Room Decor and Lost sock holder with a vintage washboard and repurposed clothespins by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ready to hang in my laundry room!

But between you and me, my laundry room is a glorified closet that is illuminated by an overhead light, so I won’t even BOTHER to try and get a photo of it in there for you to see.

So, bear with me while I style it out in the open instead! See? A lost sock holder…a lint holder (to keep me from marching to the kitchen with lint in hand)…and place for pocket treasures. Adding a couple of D-ring hangers on the back will make it easily hangable in the laundry room.

How to repurpose a vintage washboard into farmhouse style laundry room decor and lost sock holder by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da!

Can you tell I love funny & quirky socks? You can find the succulent socks here and the Christmas truck socks here, if you’re curious. And I know some of you are!

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And bonus! Today is Thrift Store Décor Team day, so click on the links underneath the collage to visit each “after” tutorial!

Upcycled thrift store items by the Thrift Store Decor Team - November 2018 - with Sadie Seasongoods

1. Mid Century Plant Stand DIY

2. Laundry Room Decor and Lost Sock Holder (that’s me- you’re already here!)

3. Winter Wonderland Gumball Machine

4. Pedestal Bowl Stipple Paint Technique

5. DIY Serving Tray Makeover

6. Bird Cage Winter Snow Scene

7. DIY Joyeux Noel Sign

8. Table Makeover

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Don’t forget- if you’re looking for more farmhouse style project inspiration like my vintage washboard project, you can easily scroll through my entire collection here before you go!

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. Sheryl Danner says:

    Your posts never disappoint❤️

  2. What a find that washboard was – I love what you did with it!

  3. That is so cute!!! I may have to steal that idea! Of course, my husband grungy gym socks wouldn’t look half as cute hanging there 🙂

  4. Patty Soriano says:

    I am also a Silly Sox Sucker! Because I love plants, I really like the succulents!! SO cute! I collect the washboards and have them all in my laundry room. Lotsa fun! And so….do you do something with your lint collection? 😉

  5. Oh Sarah, I just love this! I have always had a soft spot for these old washboards, but what you did to this little cutie just makes my heart sing!

  6. That is stinkin’cute! ❤️

  7. This is absolutely adorable! We built in 2004, and I’ve never decorated the laundry room with any kind of decor or wall art! This would be great in there! Love the idea!

  8. suesbetwixthomeandschool says:

    Such a functional treatment to this adorable washboard. I love that this washboard has multi-functions! Awesome job!

  9. My lost socks always need some help! That turned out adorable!

  10. Kristin salazar says:

    I love this! I recent picked one up and have been wondering what I should do with it! Thanks for some inspiration!

  11. Vickie Garlock says:

    I really like what you did with this washboard. I have not seen one I really cared about until now nicely done.

  12. I am so jealous of that washboard. I love what you did with it.

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