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.
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.
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.
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.
Next, I outlined the letters with a white paint pen.
Then, I used a small paintbrush and some Annie Sloan Old White paint to paint inside each letter.
Once it dried, I sanded over each letter to give it a more aged look.
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.**