February 18, 2016

The Twice Repurposed Washboard

It’s almost 5 years ago that I turned a vintage metal washboard into a magnetic inspiration board for my studio. I painted it white and added an ornamental graphic to the upper part and a piece of lace as a border. After a few years my style had changed. I wanted a look that was less girly and I gave the washboard a makeover by removing the lace and painting over the graphic with chalkboard paint. While I really liked the look, in the long run, it took up wall space that I would have rather used to hang artwork. Therefore, it never went onto the wall again after we moved 16 months ago. I wanted to use it somewhere, but as it was, it didn’t make much sense in any other room. At some point, when I tried to find a place to keep the keys, I got the idea to repurpose the washboard again and turn it into a key holder.

Vintage Washboard Upcycled into Key Holder

 


   First I cut a piece of scrap wood to add as a little shelf. I painted the board gray except for the chalkboard part. I wanted to use what I had on hand and what I didn’t have were hooks. When I checked my stash for any possible substitutes, I came across a little dish filled with old keys. They were ideal for that purpose. A larger key broke when I tried to bend it but the smaller ones worked well.


Vintage Washboard Upcycled into Key Holder


Vintage Washboard Upcycled into Key Holder

Vintage Washboard Upcycled into Key Holder

I spray-painted some magnetic stars black. They can hold shopping lists, pick-up tickets of any kind etc. When I looked for the best place to hang the key holder in the hall, I discovered that it has the perfect size to cover the fuse box which bothered us ever since we had moved in. It was just meant to hang in that place.

I will send the key holder to the following parties: 


Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Table It! at The Stonybrook House
 Work It Wednesday at The Blissfull Bee
Talk of the Town at Knick of Time
A New Life at Rostrose