Saturday, June 20, 2015

Ironing Board Make-Over

Sometime last year my darling husband created a custom ironing board for me so it would be easier to iron out quilt tops. He replaced the top of my ironing board with a piece of 20"x56" OSB Board. (It looks like a piece of wood to me...but he said if you told your husband OSB Board he'd know what you are talking about...men! LOL!)

So here's what the little handy dandy board looked like yesterday...not so good.
(Sorry for the blurry picture...I was laughing too much, as  my DH acted more like he was getting his  mugshot taken instead being the "star" of my post!)

 So after a little research and a visit to JoAnn's he stapled two layers of natural/cotton batting down. Then finished it off with two more layers of natural muslin. 
One lady swore by this method for a "OSB" made ironing board.

 Here it is renewed!
I thought of using a decorative cover, but often find myself using this as a mini design "wall" too...so went with the clean, simple look. Interested to see if the new layers will change the heat in my ironing? Interested to know if you have ever made an iroining board cover? If so, what you used...as if this doesn't improve my control of heat, I'll be looking for a plan B.
Today will find my busy repainting and recovering my studio chairs. Fun colors to come.

19 comments:

  1. I would like to do this with my large ironing board (metal mesh). I have a table top one that is metal mesh and one that is a wood base. I find the padded wood makes for a much nicer pressing surface and finish.

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  2. I like this idea. What a great husband! Can you tell me how you attach the board to the ironing board base? Thanks. Hugs,

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    1. He used the same exact screws that attached the original ironing board.

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  3. I have an ironing board much like that. It was an old heavy metal one which I found in the junk room. DH put what they call Cowboy boards on it, and I covered it with old faker quilt fabric I found in a box .

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  4. Nice. I'm totally going to do this real soon!!

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  5. I just used one of these at retreat and it was covered with a cream canvas. I will say though that the gal who owned it had drawn a perfectly straight line in permanent marker almost the length of the board near the side she stands to iron. She used it to align straight seam lines and it was very helpful so that when ironing blocks, you aren't distorting your block. Isn't it nice to have a handy husband?!!

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    1. Oh I swear most my creative ideas will not become reality without my handy husband. I'm sooooo grateful. Like that permanent marker idea too! thanks!

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  6. One more step will help, the muslin will disintegrate quickly under the heat (ask me how I know, LOL!). Cover it one more time over the muslin with the heat reflecting cloth made for ironing boards, JoAnn's has it. You'll be happy for years! Use the remnants for hot pads.

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  7. I like that marker idea too!! I need to do this to my ironing board!! Yes, you are one lucky lady! Bet you didn't know that he was handy when you married him...haha

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  8. It looks so nice. I really need to recover mine, and plan on using that special gray fabric.

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  9. Looks great! I've recovered mine several times and like to use the heat reflective fabric too. The last batch I bought at Joann's was very thin and tore easily. Hopefully there is some out there somewhere that is a heavier weight.
    FYI: A friend cover her board with a pretty decorator print and the red dye transferred to the fabric she was pressing!

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  10. what a good surface you have now, so much better than having the curve of an ordinary board, maybe you could pop your DH on a plane to me please I could do with one, not a DH just an ironing board!

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  11. Thank goodness for handy helpers! My husband made one for me, too. He only attached it with clamps, so it's easy to remove if I need to iron shirts or something. It isn't totally stable that way, but I don't lean on it too hard. I made a pad for the the top out of 2 layers of Insul-Bright sewn together, then covered it in an Amy Butler home dec. fabric, which we stapled onto the board. It seems to do a better job of heating my fabric than my old cotton pad did. I really like it!

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  12. Hi Val
    Tell your husband he did a great job. Joannie and I recovered my wooden ironing board. We used muslin and batting with a layer of silver heat resistant fabric. Of course, there is zebra fabric (upholstery weight) on top. Sure it can be a little dizzying when ironing, but it looks fabulous!
    Pugs and kisses,
    Nancy

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  13. My hubby made me a large square plywood board that I covered to sit on top of a table. Plywood is not as heavy as Oriented Strand Board (OSB). I know the terms that men use too and hubby knows when I use quilting words. OSB is heavy because it's all the wood scraps that have been essentially glued together. If you have had furniture made from OSB you know who heavy it is to move! My hubby prefers plywood for that reason, so I certainly defer to him in his department, lol!!! Anyhow you will love having a larger ironing board no matter what it is made from.

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  14. I love that ironing board. What a clever idea. I have no idea about the heat though.

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  15. I've got ironing board envy! After we move, I'm making me one of those. Thanks for sharing the process.
    Hugs

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  16. Val, this is a great ironing board! I love the look of plain muslin, but mine always ends up stained and scorched. I started adding one last layer of aluminumized fabric (sold at JoAnn's) and it works great. It is heat reflective and slightly non stick and still looks neat and clean after 2 years. It would not do double duty as a design wall though.

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  17. Looks like you are getting off to a fresh start this summer. I use a cutting table that has a layer of batting then a heat resistant cover that lets me use the whole table with the iron. Best purchase ever.

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I have to admit, your comments make me smile! Thanks for sharing and for letting me know you stopped by. I Hope your day is awesome!

Val:)

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