Vintage Ironing Board Turned Welcome Sign

Antique Ironing Board Welcome Sign

When I ran across this old wooden ironing board, I was in love.

It wasn’t because I couldn’t wait to go home and iron.

Oh no, this girl doesn’t iron. This girl “spray” irons.

You know that wonderful invention called Downy Wrinkle Release? That’s my kind of ironing. Yep, that’s heaven in a bottle right there. Anyone else? Please tell me I’m not the only one?

So you see, the thought of ironing never even crossed my mind. Instead, I had visions of what this old board could be…. I envisioned it being a side table, a sofa table, an arrow, and in the end, a sign.

Vintage Ironing Board Welcome Sign

A welcome sign.

I started off by sanding it down and staining it with Minwax’s Dark Walnut stain.

After several coats, I was finally able to get it just right.

The stain darkened some areas more than others giving it a wonderful, old, weathered look.

Vintage Ironing Board Welcome Sign

Next, I printed out the letters to spell “Welcome” and cut them out.

Then, I laid them on the board in order to get the spacing just the way I wanted it.

Once the spacing was right, I took each one and rubbed chalk on the back.


Vintage Ironing Board Welcome Sign

When I was done, I laid it back on the board, letter side up, and traced around the letters with pencil. This left behind a chalk outline of the letters.


Vintage Ironing Board Welcome Sign

Next, I outlined the letters with a white paint pen.

Vintage Ironing Board Welcome Sign

Then, I used a small paintbrush and some Annie Sloan Old White paint to paint inside each letter.

Vintage Ironing Board Welcome Sign

Once it dried, I sanded over each letter to give it a more aged look.

Vintage Ironing Board Welcome Sign

Finally, I brushed on a light coat of stain one last time in order to make the letters look older.



I debated putting it inside, in the entry way, but in the end, the front porch was the perfect match for this vintage ironing board turned welcome sign.

Hmmm… now I need another one.. I have another great idea!!

So, if you had an old ironing board, what would you do with it?

**UPDATE… Several of you have asked what font I used, and I am so sorry that I didn’t mention that in my original tutorial.  The font I used is called Penshurst.  It can be found by just searching for it on Google.**



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  1. LOVE it!! Now I need to find me an old ironing board. 😉


  2. I love it! And, no, I don’t iron either. My husband actually irons more often than I do! 😉

  3. It looks so sweet on your porch. I love the font you used too! I need to find myself an old ironing board now. 🙂

  4. Love it! Now I am on the hunt! Really enjoy your site and your creativity!

  5. Lisa Cooper says:

    Love the sign and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Downy Wrinkle Release! Downy can be pricey though, so I use Dollar General Wrinkle Releaser. Works just as well and costs a lot less!!

  6. love the ironing board !!!wish i had one.enjoy your site and looking forward to what you do next.Have a bless day.Peggy

  7. I think this is a fabulous idea for these old relics. Great tutorial too for all those challenged folks.

  8. I have one that I use as a “buffet” on my back porch when we are entertaining. You are right . . .who irons anymore?


  9. Hi, Claire! Love it to pieces! I have a child size vintage ironing board on my porch that I’m using as a table between two rockers – you know, for my coffee cup in the mornings. 🙂 I painted the base red, stained the top, and sat a bird cage on it. “For some reason” now I’m thinking it needs to be leaning beside my front door with “Welcome” painted on it. Hmmm…

  10. I have two antique ironing boards, I like this idea for the one sitting in the garage. The other is in my dining room holding my antique rolling pins and kitchen gadgets. Love this idea!

  11. That’s adorable!

  12. ohmywow! I love it and I have one that I’ve been wondering what to do with it. Thank you for the inspiration Claire.


  13. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this ironing board turned welcome sign, Claire! Seriously amazing! Pinning 🙂

  14. I love this idea! You did a great job of making the letters look like they have always been there. I just bought an old wooden ironing board and have been wondering what to paint on it. Thank you for the inspiration! Found your post a Funky Junk Interiors.

  15. I’m a huge fan of Wrinkle Release and I’m a huge fan of your welcome sign, too! Repurposing at it’s finest!

  16. Love this idea!!! I have my grandmother’s old ironing board. It’s moved with me from when I first married and lived in Alabama, moved to GA, back to AL and now to FL. I’ve always used it as a serving board when we had company but mostly I just leaned it against the wall in my attic or craft room. NOW I finally KNOW what I want to do with it!!!! I shall paint a huge “welcome to the beach” on it (oh, did I mention we live at the beach in FL – our DREAM!!!) 🙂
    Thanks for the inspiration and idea!!! Love your blog!

  17. Your vintage ironing board is idea is too cute. This is my first visit and I know I must come back to read more and see what else you come up with.

  18. Wow, I am amazed how you turn your iron board into a welcoming sign with a vintage look. I do some DIY project with vintage look but I never had a try on this one…this will be my next DIY project. Thanks for sharing it and have a nice Monday!

  19. Margaret Garcia says:

    Such a unique idea, it turned out Beautiful!

  20. Love it! What a great welcome sign!!!

  21. Love this! I actually have two old ironing boards. I might just do something like this with one of them.

    • Oh, I forgot to say, I’d love it if you would link this up to my new linky party, “What We Accomplished Wednesday.” It is live right now.Have a great week!


  22. I just love the ironing board WELCOME SIGN! It’ s perfect! I also love the drawer idea with legs, that’s adorable! We have the same tastes! Love your stuff, someday would love to see your shop! Congrats to you 🙂

  23. Lisa Y.. says:

    I absolutely love this! I have an old wooden ironing board that I was thinking about painting and hanging in my laundry room. This is such great inspiration!

    The font is beautiful…any chance you would share what this font is?

  24. April Clark says:

    I have an old ironing board and I want to do this with it! I love it! What font did you use?

  25. I have 2 old ironing boards, one to keep and one paint & sell. I was thinking something more elaborate, but this just might be the ticket instead! Simple, yet looks amazing!
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  26. What font did you use for the letters?

  27. I just pinned this onto my painted signs boards last night. I absolutely love it! Anything repurposed and with patina gets me excited and this iss both! http://pinterest.com/patinaparadise/

    One of these days when I figure out how to do a post about another blogger I will highlight this project.

  28. I am on the hunt of an old ironing board! Don’t worry, I’ll forward your email to my husband so he can thank you…..for dragging him to every junk shop looking. Great share.

  29. Love this! Could you tell me where you found the font? I would love to do this, I have wondering what to do with my ironing board that doesn’t involve ironing:D

  30. Thank you for sharing! This is beyond adorable. I really like the font, Penshurst. What font size did you use? I can’t wait to make this on an old ironing board from my husband’s grandparents’ old farmhouse. Thanks for all your inspirations. Have a blessed day.

  31. I just love, love this idea for the front yard. I featured/shared on my FB page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/13-Canadian-Cottage/212948478842264
    Diane @ 13 Canadian Cottage

  32. I love your antique ironing board. Although, not sure if I would’ve placed it on my porch due to the weather. Ironing? Call me old fashioned, but Yes, I still iron all of my husbands work clothes and my clothing even with using fabric softener. I also taught all of our children how to iron and how to sew on missing buttons.

  33. what size of font did you use?

  34. What font did you use for this?

  35. I am already to do the ironing board project with Penshurst font however do you happen to remember the size of the font that you used? Thank you in advance!

  36. I am ready to do the wording for welcome, I need help because I’m not able to figure out how to make the letters big enough on the computer. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you

  37. So cute! I am sharing this on Pinterest.

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