Friday, May 25, 2012

Mini Ironing Board

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.

 And my "after" shot:

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. . .

And trim.

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! 

My favorite part is that it folds up flat.  I can store it between my crafting desk and the wall and it takes up no space!

If I do it again:

I would do two layers of batting.  The mattress pad was a little thinner than I expected.

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