I had a great weekend of garage sales. I spent less than five dollars and came home with some great projects-to-be. Today is one of them that I finished!
This is the "before" picture. It cost fifty cents and a very sarcastic remark from my husband when he saw it.
I have always wanted a mini ironing board for my crafting. I hate hauling out the big one and carrying it down the stairs for just a quick iron. I've been known to throw a dish towel on the carpet and iron my piece over that. (Ummm. . . if you don't use the dish towel, your iron will melt the carpet. Not that it happened to me or anything.) This is a good solution for me.
I started with the folding TV tray. You don't need one as ugly as mine was but you can, if you want to. I had to take the chisel and remove the gems from the top. I think they used gorilla glue and, damn, does that stuff stick.
I gave the piece a two coats of paint I had left over from my wooden door mat project. It's outdoor paint but I don't think that will matter.
Let it dry and then cover the top with a layer of thin batting. I used a mattress pad I picked up at another garage sale for a quarter.
Cut it out extra large around the edges and staple down to the back.
I wait to trim until I'm all done. You will add a layer of cotton fabric over this layer.
Staple down. . .
A tip when stapling: If the staples don't go all the way in, your staples are too long. Get a good staple gun and a variety of length of staples (I use 1/4 inch, 3/8 inch, 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch staples. This project took the 3/8 inch staples).
The ironing table is ready!
I would do two layers of batting. The mattress pad was a little thinner than I expected.