I love thrift stores.
I love browsing the aisles of thrift stores.
I love finding cool stuff and buying it for cheap.
Theres a pretty good one by my work called Unique. Its the same place I got The Jewerly Box from that I gave new life to 🙂
I dislike when people are grossed out by thrift stores. Yes, they smell a little funny, you might see some strange people in there, and things might look a little dirty… but no one is asking you to lick the floors and marry the cashier! Seriously go into a thrift store and believe me you WILL find something that catches your eye. So many hidden gems.
On my last voyage, I came across this baby table top ironing board
At first I was like, “Awwwwwwwww!! Its mini and cute!!” even with the terrible blue cover. But I saw past that ugly dull blue. I knew it could be more. It had these awesome flip out feet to elevate it, and a thin piece of foam under the blue cover that was still in good condition.
Even better? It was $3.99, and it had the blue colored sticker that reduced it by 33% so I got it for around $2.75!
I recently got a Singer Sewing Machine and just from working on a couple sewing projects I realized I need an ironing board, but the big huge one is annoying to lug around the house
*Insert Cute Mini One*
It sat in my room for a week and then I decided it was time to work on it. I had no fabric on hand, so that was my first issue. What I did have though were tons of flat sheets from multiple bed-in-a-bags that I never use (who actually uses those flat sheets though?)
I found this cute one!
It was perfect beause I didnt want any crazy colored print but I definitely wanted a print of some sort, so this was perfect.
Then, I took the nasty blue cover off of the ironing board and laid it down on my fabric.
I just cut around it leaving about 4 inches just for good measure.
I didnt want to get all professional about it and sew a stretchy band to the outside of the fabric to make it removeable because to be honest I dont plan on changing the fabric, and if I do Ill just restaple some new fabric on top of this one…. that was me planning ahead.
In steps my handy dandy staple gun.
Thats the one I own and I love it. It has enough power behind it to drive staples into almost anything Ive needed it for, but its not strong enough where it blows me away and I cant work with it accuratly. I got it off amazon for $20.
Here it was after I finished wrapping it in fabric and stapling, which made it look 50x better!:
Then I decided I wanted to add a little something extra. Give the ironing board a cute black ruffled boarder!
And of course it was a wired one so I had to pull out all of the wiring in it, which is always soooooo fun… not!!
Theres that the annoying ball of wire!!
I laid it down around the ironing board and started bunching it up and stapling it away
It was looking cute when I flipped it over for a peak, so I just went for it!
Heres what the bottom of the ironing board looked like when I was done. Its maybe not the cutest, but who looks at the bottom?! No one! And really, I cannot take an ironing board that seriously.
*Ironing reminds me of laundry and I despise laundry*
There was no way I was wasting time sewing it to make it able to come on and off. And my sewing is not 100% either (I start a sewing class in September like a little old lady!!!)
This was fine with me 🙂
Heres what she looked like in the end….
The ruffles just made it girly and cute… even more girly then the light grey zebra print. I love it!!!
This was a really easy project that gave a makeover to an ugly little ironing board, and turned it into prom queen.
….all for only $2.75!