Vintage Washboard Message & Reminder Center

Vintage Washboard Message & Reminder Center

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. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.

Vintage lingerie washboard for repurposing by Sadie Seasongoods /

Ready to repurpose!

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”.

Staining a vintage washboard to get the farmhouse look /

There…that’s better!

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!

Vintage mouse traps for repurposing /

Love the faded primitive look of these.

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…

Removing extra hardware from vintage mouse traps /

With pliers, the holding staple came out pretty easily.

And then I removed the catch…

Removing extra hardware from vintage mouse traps for upcycling /

Another staple to pull…

Until all that was left was the spring and hammer.

Removing hardware from vintage mouse traps for memo board /

All cleaned up and ready to go.

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.

Attaching coat hooks to my vintage washboard message center memo board /

A perfect fit.

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!

Spray painting large cup cooks to look vintage /

Vintage-ification complete!

Last, but not least, I needed a hanging mechanism- two D-ring hangers and some picture hanging wire to the rescue!

Vintage washboard message center memo board by Sadie Seasongoods /

….and DONE!

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.

Repurposed vintage washboard into a message center, memo board, and reminder center by Sadie Seasongoods /

Ta-da! Fantastic farmhouse style…

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.

Repurposed vintage washboard into a message center and memo board by Sadie Seasongoods /

Ok- gotta remember to put out the Recycling and buy more stamps.

Craft on!


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  1. This is a great idea. Before reading, i pictured chalkboard paint on the metal. Love the mouse traps.

  2. super cute!

  3. This is a terrific refashion. Love the idea with the mouse traps. Great idea. Cheers, Michele

  4. christykjames says

    Very cute!

  5. OK, now I have to dig the mousetrap Christmas ornament out of the trash I threw away!

  6. Kathy Martin says

    So cute! Love your vision!!

  7. Very creative……cute!

  8. I saw your link on The Creative Circle and decided to check it out. I love how your message center turned out! Thanks for sharing it.

  9. Super cute project!!

  10. Great idea! I have an old washboard but it has glass in it, not metal. I will have to see if I can figure out a way to still use it!

  11. What a lovely idea and a lovely blog too!

  12. Fantastic project, I really like the use of the mouse traps. The whole thing looks awesome!

  13. This is brilliant! I love what you did with the mouse traps…SO darn clever as always.

  14. Best use of a washboard ever. Who would have thought of using mousetraps, omg. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. Did all the social media sharing. sb

  15. Oh, this is just too stinking cute. I love, love, love the mousetrap idea!

  16. My first thought was, I used a washboard when I was a teen to wash my clothes between my grandmas weekly washing. Now what a clever use of a washboard, amazingly cut!!
    Thanks for sharing on the #OMHGWW Pinned!!

  17. Totally in love with this! The mouse traps are perfect!

  18. Sarah, This is one cool project! The mouse traps are perfect. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinning and tweeting to share!

  19. Such a cool idea and really loved the vintage look! Greetings from Dubai and have a great day!


  20. I love vintage things like this! PINing to try soon, and sharing on social media. Thanks for a great decor idea.

  21. Denise at Knothead's Landing (I threatened naming our homeplace that. Google Knot's Landing if you don't 'member says

    Clever girl..(ack, remember the dinosaur movie?) anyways you once again proved your genius. But, I still can’t get out of my li’l ol’ pea brain the many times I’ve had to, uh, unload those traps. Argh. Still, very useful as a mechanism to hold the reminders and such. Like I said, clever girl. That’s it, that’s your nickname! “Clever Girl”

  22. I love this vintage washboard! Very creative way to use it. I love how you are using the mouse traps as magnetic’s.

  23. Adorable… and relatively simple. I live in an OLD house, and this would be perfect. Thank you! So glad I clicked your link shared in the Party in Your PJs linky!

  24. Love it! The mousetraps made me chuckle when I realized what they were! 🙂 Washed, I hope, lol! Thanks from all of us at Throwback Thursday for linking up to us this week! We can’t wait to see what you’ll bring next week. 🙂


  25. My mom had a washboard hanging in our laundry room growing up as a decoration, but it wasn’t as cool as this. Saw you on Welcome Home Wednesdays.

  26. What a neat idea!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  27. Love this!! Very creative!

  28. Great upcycle of an antique washboard!

    Thanks so much for joining the DIshing It & Digging t Link party

  29. I am so in love with this project! You always create such amazing things. Thanks for sharing this week at Merry Monday! Always love seeing what you’ve been creating!

  30. I love this! Ha ha! I was thinking, wait a minute, as long as those mouse traps are unused. LOL But seriously, this is brilliant.

  31. Cute!! For the life of me I don’t know where you get all of your creative ideas. My brain doesn’t work that way so I’m jealous.

    Pinning and Happy Thoughts of Home on Thursday. 🙂

  32. Love this idea. I laughed when you said the mouse traps were “unused”. Sorry girl, but if these are true vintage mouse traps, they have definitely been used 😉 I have my mom’s glass washboard, which sits waiting for hanging on the wall one day in my new laundry room. Right now I only have an old laundry room. It’s very blond too with all the years of washing handknit socks. You are full of creative ideas!!

  33. I’ve been looking for a vintage washboard to hang on my laudry room wall bit haven’t found one yet. Your message center is awesome! Thanks for sharing on Thoughts of Home!

  34. You are so clever. This is the cutest message board ever.

  35. Love this creative make-over Sarah and what a clever way to re-purpose the mouse traps. Thank you for sharing this at Shabbilicious Friday this week. I’m delighted to be featuring your message centre at tomorrow’s party. Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  36. I absolutely ADORE this!! Especially the mousetrap clips, so nifty – my Mom would shutter at them, lol! I’ll be featuring your DIY message board at this week’s Friday Favorites – swing by and snag your featured button!

  37. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says

    What a smart re purpose this is. Not only are you repurposing the washboard but you are making it into something charming and functional.


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