I found this rustic, vintage glass and wood washboard at the local thrift
It was used a lot and pretty hard from the looks of it!
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I scrubbed the washboard in my kitchen sink with hot soapy Dawn
I used a shish kabob stick to pull the dried clothing lint out from
along the sideboards.
The shish kabob stick worked pretty well, and I was able to pull most of
the lint out.
When the washboard had dried, I brushed on a coat of Rust-Oleum Varathane Weathered Wood Accelerator in Gray
The Weathered Wood Accelerator evened out the wood tone and gave it a grayish tint. I have used this product a lot, and really like it.
Next, I pulled out the remaining decor transfer pieces from my Redesign With Prima, Everyday Farmhouse. I have used many of the transfer parts on a variety of rustic farmhouse projects in the past.
This transfer is retired, but is still available at various online retailers on Etsy and others as well.
The Rosewood Farm portion of the transfer fit my washboard pretty well.
I pulled of the paper backing and centered the transfer onto the washboard. I rubbed the transfer onto the board using the rectangular stick provided in the transfer tube.
Always, always, always, pull up the clear top sheet carefully just in case your transfer is not completely stuck down and you need to rub it more.
If you look at the top board on my washboard, you can see I started applying Dixie Belle’s Big Mama’s Butta with a rag. The dried out wood loved the wax, and you will love the scent of the wood after application. I used Flannel scent.
Dixie Belle says to enhance wood grain and revive, soften and protect leather and other surfaces with Big Mama’s Butta! This unique blend of all natural Hemp Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Beeswax and Carnauba Wax is buttery, water-resistant and easy to apply!
I then found this divided metal container from Hobby Lobby in my crafting stash. This container is regularly priced at $10.99, but of course I purchased it a 50% off just for a project like this.
I wanted to attach the container to the middle bottom of the washboard. Since I was concerned about breaking or cracking the glass with the drill or screws, I enlisted my husband’s help on the project.
He carefully attached the divided container with two short screws.
I filled the container with a Target Bullseye Playground potted plant (potted in brown paper), jute, and vintage clothespins.
The washboard can either hang on a laundry room wall or stand on a shelf.
I love how it turned out.
Check out my other upcycle projects with Hobby Lobby metal add-ons HERE.
More of my prevous washboard makeover projects can be found HERE.
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