Making and Crafts : Vintage Scrubber Magnet Board

August 4, 2011 23:17 by ehouston

As you all know, I have been busy cleaning up and cutifying our laundry area.  The last few posts here and at Chic Tweaks have been more detailed descriptions of the vintage items I fixed up and used to decorate that space.  I just posted about the curtain and valance project over there, and earlier this week I let you in on where those storage boxes came from, here.  Now, I wanted to share the magic of crafting a magnet board from an old scrubbing board.  Are you ready?  It’s so amazing and you are going to want to run out and find a scrubbing board and make this for your home right away!  Here comes the details….hold on tight to your seat….

You take your scrubbing board, exhibit A….


Exhibit A

…and a couple of screws, preferably old looking ones to keep the vintage feel….


…and screw them into the sides in a sturdy area of the wood…


…and then tie a short length of rope to the screws.  Amazing, right!?! 

I know, way too easy.  Once you are finished with the really hard part of adding the rope hanger you can just loop it over a hook.  Or, in the case of our laundry room, you can drill a hole, push a 2 inch wooden dowel into that hole and glue a vintage button to the end for fun.  However, the best part of this whole project, aside from the finished piece, was really in making the magnets to go along with the magnet board.

First I gathered some of my favorite vintage buttons in colors I thought would sort of coordinate with the other colors of the laundry room.  Oh, and I bought a packet of magnets too.


Using needle-nose pliers I broke the backs off the buttons to make them as flat as possible.  This was messy and I would suggest eye protection.  Some of those old Bakelite buttons shatter in a most unexpected way.


I arranged and rearranged the stacks until they were perfect.  Then I used a hot glue gun to glue together the button stacks and then the stacks to the magnets.


I think the end result is pretty charming and now I can leave notes for myself, or The Mister, as a last minute reminder or cheery boost for the day as we walk out the back door.


For more information on this neat vintage find click here.



As the Columbus Washboard Co. says on their website, “May all your laundry days be warm and breezy.”

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