Upcycled Washboard & Silverware Box Cupboard

If you are new to my blog in the last few weeks, you may have missed the fact that a friend of mine gave me a giant plastic tote of wooden pieces to play with. My kinda fun! It all began with a letter holder I upcycled in this post and then my recipe box. Today, these two pieces are about to become my upcycled washboard & silverware box cupboard. Try saying that 5 times fast. tee hee!

Vintage Washboard and Silverware Box Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

At a quick glance, the vintage washboard is in excellent shape and would be just fine left as-is. However, just hanging it on the wall (how I have mine in my own home) is fine, but I thought it would be fun to change it up a bit. The silverware box, on the other hand, needed some pep.

Open Silverware Box Before Upcycling by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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First, I began by pulling out the silverware box lining out which wasn’t too bad initially. After I removed the lining, I still had remnant paperboard stuck to the sides. As a quick remedy, I lightly spritzed water onto the paperboard and let it soak a bit. Then, using my putty knife, I was able to remove the rest.

Cleaning out Vintage Silverware Box for Upcycled Cupboard | prodigalpieces.com

After that, I used my Corner Cat sander to remove any glue residue remaining.

Sanding Silverware Box Interior with Ryobi Corner Cat Sander | prodigalpieces.com

The next part of my upcycled washboard cupboard was to make the silverware box more functional. In order to that I needed to add a few scrap spacers to the deepest part. That task is simple when I use my nailer and wood glue.

Ryobi Brad Nailer for Creating Cupboard | prodigalpieces.com

It’s at this point that I was caught up in the fun of creating. I’m happy to say my cupboard came out as I’d hoped. Don’t you just love when that happens? Here it is from the front…

Upcycled Farmhouse Washboard Cupboard with Hidden Storage by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #home #farmhouse #homedecor #vintage #retro

It now has a towel bar made using a rung from my upcycled table I made over in this post. In addition, I used vintage wooden sewing spools glued to magnets for fun to the front. They serve as magnets as well as a place to hang keys and such.

Vintage Recipe Cards and Wooden Spool Magnets | Farmhouse Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #farmhouse #vintage #sewing

Vintage Wooden Thread Spool with Embossed Design | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #retro #sewing

The good ol’ days when you could buy a spool of thread for fifteen cents. Sigh…

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While I may have this staged with kitchen in mind, this upcycled washboard cupboard certainly can be used in most any room of your home.

Upcycled Washboard Cupboard with Hidden Storage for Kitchen, Laundry, Bath, and more | by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #farmhouse #homedecor #vintage

Open Upcycled Washboard Cupboard with Storage by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #farmhouse #home #homedecor #vintage

So we have fun on the outside, party on the inside. tee hee! The cupboard is designed for functional storage with a peg board interior. It’s perfect for hanging whatever your heart desires. Measuring cups, keys, bathroom essentials…you get the idea. Also, I even added a couple of pockets. The top pocket features an embroidered “home”.

Recipe Pockets in Upcycled Washboard Cupboard for Kitchen by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #farmhouse #home #homedecor

Vintage Farmhouse Style Washboard and Silverware Box Upcycled into Wall Cupboard by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #handmade #home #homedecor #vintage

My creation came out as I’d hoped and I’m loving how the hidden storage adds that bit of spunk I was referencing earlier to hanging a washboard. This makes it all the more fun, doesn’t it?

Farmhouse Kitchen Storage Using and Upcycled Washboard and Silverware Box to Create Wall Art | by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #diy #home #farmhouse #vintage #homedecor

While I’m loving this washboard cupboard, I am offering it in my shop (SOLD) along with all of my other redeemed furniture, handmade goods and vintage finds.

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DIY Upcycled Washboard Cupboard for your Home Decor | by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #vintage #home #homedecor

Do pin and share my upcycled washboard creation to inspire others to think outside the #trashure.

So fun! Larissa of Prodigal Pieces took a vintage washboard and old silverware box to create this farmhouse style upcycled washboard cupboard. Come see the details at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #storage #handmade #farmhouse #home #homedecor #vintage

Up next, this curbside find will be getting a new lease on life. Come see the after HERE.

Vintage Corner Writing Desk Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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More fun DIY projects like this upcycled washboard cupboard:

Oh so sweet! This vintage bread box with heart cut-out got a new look and purpose as Larissa of Prodigal Pieces shows us in a step-by-step video tutorial how to make it into an upcycled charging station | Head to prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #home #homedecor #homedecorideas #farmhouse #vintageFrom Trash to Upcycled Plant Caddy, this cast iron and bamboo creations adds interest and function to your outdoor decor. Plus, repurposed bamboo torches for DIY decor too. Get all the details at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #outdoor #diy #homedecor


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  • Laura

    Amazing, as always!

    April 18, 2019 at 6:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Laura! 😀

      April 18, 2019 at 6:54 am Reply
  • Kenda

    Oh, now how stinkin’ cute is that? Love the idea of the spool magnets, too.

    April 18, 2019 at 8:38 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! This was must so fun for me. 😀

      April 18, 2019 at 2:03 pm Reply
  • Janice

    You are so amazingly creative!

    April 18, 2019 at 10:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      And you sure know how to make my day, Janice. Thank you!

      April 18, 2019 at 2:03 pm Reply
  • Kimmylouwho

    that’s cute and so creative! Will look great in a farm kitchen!

    April 18, 2019 at 11:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! It sure is fun to create. 😀

      April 18, 2019 at 2:05 pm Reply
  • Mary

    Wouldn’t have thought of doing that in a million years, very clever and attractive. I love the little spool magnets and the towel bar. Great job!

    April 18, 2019 at 11:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      How fun that you enjoyed it, Mary, and were surprised. Yay! Thank you for the smile. 🙂

      April 18, 2019 at 2:06 pm Reply
  • Becky

    Oooooo, so at first I was just thinking “that’s nice…”, then I thought of the washboard hanging in my laundry room… wait… I could add storage behind MINE… WOW! Haha, you have the creative ideas flowing over here! Thanks! Cool idea!!!

    April 18, 2019 at 6:07 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are too funny! haha. So glad you are inspired…I did my job. 😉

      April 18, 2019 at 8:06 pm Reply
    • Christy James

      How clever is this?? Love it and the spool magnets!! XOXO

      April 20, 2019 at 9:30 pm Reply
      • Larissa

        Sweet to hear your kind words, Christy. Thank you!

        April 20, 2019 at 9:45 pm Reply
  • Kathy

    Very clever! I don’t have wall space anymore-Drat!

    April 29, 2019 at 11:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You sound like me. I’ve decided to rotate pieces from time to time so all my faves get a turn. hee hee. 🙂

      April 30, 2019 at 4:53 am Reply

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