For some reason, I love the look of washboards. Thank God, I've never had to use one, but there's just something about them that intrigues me.
I found some small washboards at an antique dealer and bought 3 of them to make something for my 3 daughters for Christmas - though I wasn't sure what yet.
Then, I saw these mail organizers at Bed Bath & Beyond and thought I could attach them to the washboards to make something to help keep track of mail, keys, etc. http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/wall-mount-bronze-mail-key-rack/1017284797?Keyword=mail+organizer
Unfortunately, when I got them home, I realized that the mail organizers were too big to attach to the small washboards I had. I was still stuck on the idea of attaching them to a washboard, so I searched for some bigger ones on-line, on Craig's List, and came across these at Hardware World.
Still not exactly sure as to what I was going to do or how the final product would look, I asked my husband to paint them for me. (He does all my spray painting claiming I'm too messy). I told him to use the Espresso paint I had just bought and when he brought them in from the garage, I realized it wasn't the color I wanted. So, I told him that I would use them anyway, as I hated to ask him to paint them again. Knowing I wasn't happy with my choice, he offered to go buy the Dark Walnut that I really wanted and he painted them again...with only a little grumbling. At this point they were starting to come together, but still needed something...
Then, I remembered the chalkboard contact paper I had purchased and only used once. This would look good and be functional at the top of the board - above the galvanized section.
For some reason, I didn't think the galvanized section would be magnetic. So I splurged for the magnetic paint (even after reading multiple reviews on how terrible it is) and was shocked and happy to learn I didn't need it. The magnets stick without it. So I made a few magnets from the bottle caps I had on hand (Michael's clearance).
I hope the girls can use them and appreciate the creative process I go through to finish a vague idea I had!