Two Washboard Project Features in Farmhouse Style Magazine

March 27, 2021


Photo of cover of Farmhouse Style Magazine
I'm sharing two of my projects recently featured in Country Sampler's Farmhouse Style Summer 2021 Magazine.

I am also pleased to have my projects shared on pages with my friends, Sadie Seasongoods (Sarah) and My Repurposed Life (Gail).  Links below to Sarah and Gail's projects too.

(When you click on the bold AmazonOld Sign Stencils or Dixie Belle Paint Company affiliate links you will be taken to the products I use for this project. If you order it does not change the price or service at all. As an Amazon Affiliate, Old Sign Stencils Affiliate or Dixie Belle Paint Affiliate, I earn from qualifying purchases.)

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Below are the project details to this washboard sign!

So this old washboard was kicking around in my shed, and I came across it the other day.

Photo of an old washboard
The washboard had three screw holes in it from the lag screw bin.

Photo of the painting of a washboard
I filled the holes with a putty knife, and Elmer's Carpenter's Wood Filler in Natural 

I let it dry overnight, and then sanded the wood filler smooth.  I then brushed on a couple coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite (It's great for chalkboard paint too, without any wax or sealer).  

I had it on hand, but a cheaper alternative is Rustoleum Chalked in Charcoal.

Photo of stenciling a washboard
I then taped a laundry themed stencil from my FolkArt Paper Stencils, Phrases (26-Pack) onto the wooden flat back of the washboard.

I pounced on the stencil's four words using Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Light Ivory.  I filled in the stencil bridges (letter gaps).  

My technique is to tape at the top and bottom areas of the bridges, and pouncing, with a very small stencil brush, to fill in the open space.  This method produces better results for me than using a liner brush to join the letters.

I sanded the stenciling very lightly with 220 grit sandpaper, applying hardly any pressure.  I sealed just the painted and stenciled area with two coats of Krylon Gallery Series Clear Coatings Aerosol in Satin Finish.

Photo of a wire hanger on a washboard
Two eye hooks and a wire were added for hanging.

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Here's the washboard on about it's fourth life!  Three lives here and probably at least one for washing clothes too!

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The washboard sign displays well with vintage hangers.

Photo of a magazine article about washboards

My second washboard magazine project has a half moon shelf. 

On the left of the page is the washboard project from My Repurposed Life, details HERE.

Photo of an ugly painted washboard
 I found this little lingerie washboard at the thrift shop last week.

It was priced at $1.99.  The previous owner had stained the wood with a dark hue, painted the washboard metal a light purple, and added wooden utensils with cup hooks.

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 This is the back.  

The little washboard needed a new look!

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First, I painted the washboard with a base coat of Rust-Oleum Painters Touch Latex in Flat Black.

Photo of a jar of Dixie Belle Paint
Next, I brushed on two coats of  Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Hurricane Gray.

Photo of a half moon shelf added to a washboard
I decided my washboard could use a little shelf.  I had an unfinished, wooden half round (also from the thrift shop) in my parts stash.

The half round was notched to fit between the bottom legs of the washboard.

Photo of washboard shelf screw placement
The shelf was attached with a screw on each side.  

Photo of stenciling on a washboard
I distressed the washboard with 220 grit sandpaper.

Photo of stenciling on a washboard
Two of the little square stencils fit perfectly across the top of the washboard.

I used Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Drop Cloth for the stenciling, and then brushed on Dixie Belle Best Dang Wax in Clear.

Photo of a painted, stenciled washboard with shelf
It certainly looked much better than when I started!

Photo of painted, stenciled washboard with shelf staged
A fun and easy upcycle project!

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And finally, above is Sadie Seasongoods's washboard organizer project, details HERE.  Sarah's project was on the left page to my washboard project.

Thanks for visiting!
Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Love your washboards. You are simply ingenius when it comes to repurposing and I like nearly everything you post. I follow every blog column you write.

  2. Congratulations! Such an honor to be featured doing what you love!


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