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Washboard Table ~ A DIY Project

Washboard Side Table

Photographs by: Melissa Luukkonen of The Little Green Bean † Written by: Shannon Hooper

At Southern Guide to Life, our editors and writers are constantly on the lookout for magazine perfect vintage items that can be recreated at home.  So you can imagine our reaction when one of our editors stumbled upon this beautiful table.

What do you do with two old fashioned vintage washboards and scrap beadboard?  If you are Melissa Luukkonen, owner of The Little Green Bean blog and online store you turn them into a one-of-a-kind sofa table, of course!

Southern Guide to Life ~ Washboard Side Table

Melissa bought an assortment of vintage washboards at a yard sale and needed to use them before her husband made them “disappear forever.”

She used the washboards legs as the feet for her table.  Beadboard served as the top and inner shelf, giving the table stability, while scraps of wood acted as bracing.

Southern Guide to Life ~ Washboard Side Table

Melissa painted the boards a pale green color to match the natural patina of the antique washboards and allowed to dry.  She then brushed on a coat of stain and wiped it off with a rag to create an antiqued finish.

The finished product looks as though it may have been an antique handed down through generations of family.  One thing is certain – this is a table that will be a conversation piece in any room of the house.

Southern Guide to Life ~ Washboard Side Table

For vintage chic gifts and home decor visits Melissa’s online Etsy store – The Little Green Bean.

Southern Guide to Life ~ The Little Green Bean Etsy Shop

Photographs by: Melissa Luukkonen courtesy of The Little Green Bean.

To see more of Melissa’s projects visit her blog The Little Green Bean and shop her online store.


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10 Comments on "Washboard Table ~ A DIY Project"

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  1. Thank you so much for the post! Now I may need to find more of those wash boards! 🙂

  2. Alex says:

    Love. Love. Love I want one!

  3. Polly J. says:

    Thank you so much for showing these great projects and featuring these great blogs. I feel I can some of these projects myself. Such great inspiration. I’ve never been a DIYer, but I just may have to start!

  4. Devan M. says:

    Great vintage style!

  5. Gwen C. says:

    Love the washboard table. Love the Southern Guide to Life. And love all your great features. I find so many great projects, recipes, and blogs! I come here daily!

    Melissa your blog is fantastic! Love it!

  6. Dawn says:

    I know what my husbands next project is going to be! haha

  7. Ron says:

    I’ve seen these washboards at salvage and antique stores. I never had the vision to believe they could be turned into this! Keeping my eye out for vintage washboards! Thanks so much!

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  9. Kelly says:

    I would love to have this table!

  10. Carol K. says:

    Love Love Love this projects! Thanks!