Primitive Decor for the Laundry Room with an Antique Washboard

Primitive Decor for the Laundry Room with an Antique 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 antique 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!

Primitive home decor or vintage decor such as an antique washboard for the laundry room

But it was the vintage washboard that had me clucking my tongue, envisioning it as primitive home decor for my laundry room. But it would be functional decor that could hold any lost socks and items from pockets.

Antique washboard or vintage washboard to upcycle into laundry decor and primitive home decor

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Antique Washboard as Primitive Decor for the Laundry Room

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

Upcycling an antique washboard to hold the lost socks in the laundry room as vintage wall decor

First, I drilled a pilot hole in the top center of the antique washboard, right beneath those fabulous graphics.

Then, I screwed in a large hook that I would hang my galvanized tub from.

Attaching a hook to an antique washboard for a lint holder as laundry decor and primitive decor

See? Now I have a place to tuck lint into! Whether I’m saving it to make DIY fire starters or just gathering it to toss in the trash. Either way , the hook makes it easy to remove and dump in the trash when it’s full.

Lint holder that hangs on a vintage washboard to use as laundry room wall decor

Next, I marked spots for screws along the very bottom section of the old 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.

Industrial wire basket that is attached to an antique washboard for primitive home decor

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

Last but not least, adding a lost sock holder component to my primitive decor!

I had oodles of  vintage clothespins left over from these previous projects of mine. And they also fit the whole “laundry room” theme perfectly, so I glued one on each side of the vintage washboard.

Attaching the vintage clothespins to an old washboard so that it can hold the lost socks from the dryer

Primitive Decor and Lost Sock Holder for the Laundry Room

And there you have it- primitive decor for my laundry room that is both decorative and functional as a lost sock holder!

Vintage wall decor and laundry room art with a vintage washboard that holds lint and lost socks

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.

A lost sock holder…a lint holder (to keep me from marching to the kitchen with lint in hand)…and a place for pocket treasures. Adding a couple of D-ring hangers on the back will make it easy to hang in my laundry room, too.

Primitive decor for the laundry room with an antique washboard that will hold the lost socks

And if you enjoyed this upcycling idea for primitive home decor, then you’ll love these vintage farmhouse style bookends with architectural salvage, too!

Wood bookends as vintage farmhouse decor with architectural antiques


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  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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