Family Rules Altered Washboard with Chevron Ribbon and Simple Stories Vintage Blessings
Hello, Ribbon Lovers! Today I’m sharing a treasure that I found while out junkin’ with my sweet sister. This Family Rules Altered Washboard was tucked in a dusty corner at one of our favorite flea markets. Since my daughter in law collects washboards, and had a birthday coming up, I snapped it up in a jiffy! While it was very cute in its original form, I thought it would be even more delightful dressed up with some Really Reasonable Ribbon, paper pretties and mulberry flowers. What do you think?
My mom kept a washboard on a bathroom shelf when I was a little girl. (I know, I know…I’m dating myself!) I can still remember her hand washing her “delicates” in the white enamel claw foot bathtub. It always looked like so much fun and there was a sort of rhythm to the whole procedure that appealed to me. Run the bar of soap over the ridges, whump thump! Then douse the slip in the water, swish, swish. Now rub the dampened garment up and down over the washboard while you sing a little tune. What could be more fun than that? I used to beg my mom to give me a turn, and finally, she gave in. I quickly learned that it was backbreaking hard work. I’m so thankful for my automatic washer…aren’t you?
Family Rules Altered Washboard: the details
This 3/4″ Chevron Striped Twill Ribbon looks fabulous with these papers from Simple Stories Vintage Blessings. Altering this vintage washboard only took about 30 minutes and it was so much fun!
Our son is pretty handy when it comes to building things. He just built our daughter in law a beautiful display shelf in her laundry room for her washboard collection. This little beauty will fit right in with the rest of the bunch.
When altering this washboard, I decided not to cover up the top portion. I loved the typography and the cute bee engraving. So I kept my decor to a minimum. First, I stitched the 6″ x 8″ sentiment panel onto corrugate paper.Then I attached thick jute cording to the top of the stitched sentiment. Next, I ran washi tape over the top and bottom border. Once this was done, I secured it to the washboard with vintage style brass thumbtacks.
I hope I find another one of these washboards some day, as I’d love to have one in my own laundry room area!
I hope I’ve inspired you with some ideas and techniques that you can use in your own crafty adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Thanks for stopping by!