Eleven Washboard Upcycled Decor Projects

January 10, 2024

Photo of a thrifted washboard style shelf.
I found this washboard style wall bin at our local thrift store in late 2023.  I couldn't pass it up, I love washboard projects!

This blog post contains eleven of my washboard makeovers, as well as six more amazing project ideas from the Thrift Store Decor Team!


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Photo of washboard shelf being base coated with Dixie Belle Boss.
Because I wanted to paint the washboard with white chalk paint, I brushed on Dixie Belle's Boss primer to prevent the orange-y stain from seeping through my paint.

I used two coats and let them dry overnight, as suggested by Dixie Belle.

Photo of a washboard shelf painted in off white chalk paint.
I then painted the washboard wall bin with Dixie Belle Chalk Paint in Fluff.

Dixie Belle says "Fluff is a serene, soft white chalk mineral paint with slight gray undertones. Use Fluff for traditional or modern style projects".

Photo of a laundry stencil from Hobby Lobby.
Next I pulled out an inexpensive laundry stencil purchased a while back at a Hobby Lobby.  It's no longer available online. This will be the second time I have used the stencil. The first project is a jar shaped, chalkboard plaque HERE.

Photo of a scrap of a laundry stencil.
This will be the last time I use this stencil, (I paid $3.99 for it) so I cut the word "laundry" off the top.

Photo of a scrap of a laundry stencil placed on a washboard shelf.
Bits of torn blue painter's tape covered tight stencil edges and letter flourishes from adjacent words.

The tape makes it easier to stencil tight areas.  I also used a fine stencil brush.

I used Fusion Mineral Paint in Ash as my stencil paint.

Photo of a stenciled, painted, washboard shelf.
I distressed the washboard's edges lightly with 220 grit sandpaper, and then waxed it with Dixie Belle's Best Dang Wax in Clear

The piece did not have a metal front, so I hot glued a ceramic disc magnet on it.  Now I will be able to attach a photo or note to the washboard.

Photo of a thrifted washboard shelf decorated with farmhouse style.
Here is the finished makeover!

Photo of a thrifted washboard shelf decorated with farmhouse style.
Another disc magnet with a button hot glued on top attaches a photo of my grandma and her sisters with my great grandma.

Photo of a thrifted washboard shelf decorated with farmhouse style.
I also added a faux plant,

Photo of a thrifted washboard shelf decorated with farmhouse style.
An old jar with a wooden handle filled with clothespins.

Photo of a thrifted washboard shelf decorated with farmhouse style.
The beads with fringe were purchased at Dollar General.

I love how the little washboard themed decor bin turned out.

Below are ten more washboard projects of mine:
Photo of a Christmas musical washboard.

Photo of a washboard shelf.

Photo of an upcycled wash board.
Towel rod washboard

Photo of an upcycled wash board.
Farmhouse style washboard

Photo of an upcycled wash board planter.
Garden washboard project

Photo of an upcycled wash board.
Shabby Chic washboard

Photo of an upcycled wash board.
Upcycled washboard with added shelf

Photo of an upcycled wash board.
Stenciled washboard sign

Photo of an upcycled wash board.
Garage sale washboard

Photo of an repurposed wash board wall art.
One piece washboard wall hanging

Now for the January Thrift Store Decor Team's Party!  Be sure to visit each blogger's makeover with the handy links below.
Photo collage of thrifted finds needing a makeover.

Vintage Headboard Makeover My Repurposed Life 

Upcycled Boho Bamboo Decor  House of Hawthornes

DIY Vintage Aged Pottery Vessel My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

DIY Love Sign Petticoat Junktion 

Thrift Store Box Makeover Our Southern Home

Upcycled Cedar Chest Trunk Shop At Blu

Thanks for visiting!
Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. This is such a fabulous new look. You've got quite the collection of washboards. I feel like I now need one in our laundry room. That gray white color is so pretty! Perfect vintage look for the project.

  2. Carlene, I love a ALL your washboard makeovers! I have one old one that I've been wanting to hang in my laundry room but need to do some painting, etc. in there first. But, now I have lots of your examples of how to make it really unique and cool. Thanks for sharing these projects!

  3. You come up with the most wonderful ideas! They all came out so darling, I can't pick a favorite!! - Briana from Texas

  4. Wow! You have a great collection of washboards. Very nicely done!


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