Decorating with Ironing Boards

A while back I stumbled upon this old ironing board and decided to buy it.  

The Rustic Pig: Uses for Old Ironing Boards

At the time, I had no idea what I was going to do with it.  It was just different, but I knew I could turn it into…something!

At one point, I really, REALLY wanted to turn it into a table.  I thought it would make a neat entryway table or even a sofa table, but it just seemed too rickety to work as a piece of furniture.

So, in the end, I turned it into a welcome sign that has turned into one of my most successful posts to date.

Vintage Ironing Board Welcome Sign…

The Rustic Pig: Ironing Board Welcome Sign

Not only was this sign an instant success, but it sold after only two days in the store!!

So, naturally, I’ve been on the lookout for another ironing board ever since.

Luckily, while chatting with a sweet friend over at the store a few weeks ago, I saw she had an ironing board stashed in the back of her booth!  I had never seen it there before!  She said she hated it and I was welcome to it.. for FREE!!  I was beyond excited and couldn’t wait to get it home and turn it into another sign!


I opened it up.

The Rustic Pig: Ironing Board Ideas

It was amazing!

It wasn’t at all like the ironing board I had before.  It was heavy, and sturdy, and the board was thick and wide.  It was just too nice to turn into another sign.

I mean, as nice as an ironing board can possibly be!

The Rustic Pig: Ironing Board Ideas

OK, now don’t be shocked, but I have a confession to make….

I did NOTHING to this ironing board!

Not a thing.

No paint, no sanding, nada!

So, while my husband was away from the house, I crept into his office and started rearranging and decorating.

Anyone else do this or just me?

The Rustic Pig: Ironing Board Turned Into A Table

So, what do you think?

By the way, the hubby LOVES it!

So, would you use an ironing board like this in your house?

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  1. I used to have one in our entry hall. When we moved my hubby thought it was a “discard” and carted it off to Goodwill. I should have shot him at that point! Anyway-I love yours-that is a really old one and in great condition. Love the whole setting you have created there- xo Diana
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  2. This is awesome! This find, my friend, is one of those “once in a lifetimers”! LOL!! Great score!~~Angela

  3. I few years ago I was hired to decorate a home. We visited all the local antique markets in the area and shopped. I had only a week to complete the home. We shopped like mad (wo)men and the home owner was quite pleased with the end result. I had purchased a vintage ironing board and I wanted to use it as a sofa table. She could not imagine it until I unveiled the living room. I had staged a vignette on it’s rustic top of vintage silver, lace and crystal . Stunning on the weathered board. Still one of my favourite jobs to this day.
    Hugs, Gee

  4. I would use it in my house, I would use it with a mouse.

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  5. Yes, I love it. I have one (maybe more like the one you made into a sign) and I use it as a “buffet” on my back porch when we eat out there.

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  6. Omg! This post is perfect timing! I salvaged an old ironing board out of a burn pile! This gives me some great ideas on how to put it on display in my home!!

  7. Oh I would definately use an ironing board for a table and I have! I do have an old ironing board, but I have it hanging in my tiny weeny laundry room….Your’s looks great and I am glad your hubby liked it!
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  8. I am kicking myself right now. Hard kicks.
    When I moved into my first apartment, my parents gave me a bunch of stuff that belonged to my grandparents. At the time, I wasn’t interested in any of it. But, I didn’t want to hurt their feelings so I accepted. This was 10 years ago, before I knew about all the fabulous home decor blogs and waaaay before Pinterest. There was a wooden ironing board. It was in perfect condition, used and gloriously banged up. Not knowing what I now know, I saw it as junk. That poor ironing board was chopped up and burned in a fire pit.
    I see things in antique stores with extremely hefty price tags, things similar to what once belonged to my precious grandmother, was given to a spoiled college student and then dumped at the Salvation Army. Or burned in a fire pit.

  9. I love it ! Your arrangement is great! I certainly would use it in my house. Love your signs too!

    Linda at The French Hens Nest

  10. Love the ironing boards, how fun are they. This would be perfect to link up to my Inspire Me Tuesday party that is ongoing. Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

  11. I love it! Years ago, in my very rustic stage, I leaned an old ironing board against the wall beside a wood burning stove and used finishing nails to hang a collection of red handled kitchen utensils!
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  12. I love your ironing boards and what you’ve done with them! I have two that I’ve been storing until I have time to do something with them. I love the way you’ve used both of these. I’d love it if you would share this at “What We Accomplished Wednesday,” at Green Willow Pond. It is live right now. Have a great week!

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  13. Gorgeous , gorgeous , and gorgeous . Thanks for sharing with us.
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