Antique Ironing Board Turned Chalkboard Welcome Sign

The Rustic Pig: Chalkboard Ironing Board Welcome Sign

When I was younger I dreamed about being a teacher.

Not because I couldn’t wait to change lives.

Not because I wanted to change the future.

Not because I wanted to make a difference.

No, I wanted to be a teacher because I LOVED to write on the chalkboard!  

And dust erasers.  

And grade papers.

Luckily, as I got older, those reasons changed.

But, I swear, the day after I walked into my first classroom, they pulled out all of the chalkboards in the whole school and installed dry erase boards.

I never walked into another classroom with a chalkboard again.

So, I kind of have a thing for chalkboards.  

I’ve been trying to think of something I could put outside that would change with the seasons, and then I had an idea!  

A chalkboard!!

When I created this Vintage Ironing Board Turned Welcome Sign several months ago…


I made the mistake of selling it.  

I told myself that if I found another one, it would be mine!

A few months later, a friend of mine gave me another antique ironing board, but due to its larger size, and bulkiness, I decided to use it as a table in my husband’s office and keep on searching for the perfect board for outside.

Rustic Pig: Husband Office


As time went on, I was tempted to sneak into his office and steal it!  Surely it would work!

Lucky for me, my husband has since purchased and painted (on his own and with chalk paint I might add!) a gun case that fits in this space much better.    

So, I decided to create a new welcome sign for the front porch, but this time… a chalkboard sign!

The Rustic Pig: Chalkboard Ironing Board Welcome Sign

As you can see, the surface of the board was a little rough, so the first thing I did was sand the ironing board down so that I would have a nice, smooth surface to write on.

Next, I painted on three coats of chalkboard paint.

Once it dried, I was ready to start drawing… but first, I had some homework to do.

I started by looking up fonts I wanted to use for my sign.  Then, I grabbed a piece of paper and sketched out my design.

Once I was happy with my design, I started to copy it onto the board.

I started at the top and worked my way down.

The Rustic Pig: Chalkboard Ironing Board Welcome Sign


I wrote the words “Back to School” first, and then added the apple tree to fill in the top and sides.

The Rustic Pig: Chalkboard Ironing Board Welcome Sign


Next, I added a school bus and the word “Welcome” to the middle.  After all, it is a welcome sign and what’s a welcome sign without a welcome?!

The Rustic Pig: Chalkboard Ironing Board Welcome Sign


Finally, I added the month “September”, and since there’s an apple tree at the top, I added an old bucket full of apples at the bottom.

Here it is all complete…

The Rustic Pig: Chalkboard Ironing Board Welcome Sign


Can I tell you how excited I am to have my very own chalkboard that I can change every month??

I am soooooo excited!!!

I’m already sketching out one for October… I can’t wait to share it with you!

Would you use something like this on your front porch?

Much love,





My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!


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  1. BRILLIANT!!! JUST BRILLIANT! …Wait you sold the other one??? WHAT??? I loved that one (sorry) it was beautiful. I was just staring at it AGAIN yesterday trying to figure out how to make one AND I was trying to think of a way of making one that could be changed with each season, this chalk idea was WAY better than what I came up with in my head, I bow to ya lady!!! LOL I may still make mine just cause I don’t think I could draw that nice. I love it. Have a great weekend.
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  2. Pinned, shared on my fb, LOVE!
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  3. Claire- I just LOVE it! You did a wonderful job-and it looks so good on the porch. Hubby’ s loss-your gain! xo Diana
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  4. I LOVE it too! I doubt I will ever find an antique ironing board to do this with so I may have to “faux” it and just cut one out of lumber. I am sharing this on my Facebook page. …

  5. Jan Kappmeyer says:

    I saw this on Pamela’s Facebook page. I love this! I’m pinning it to Pinterest!

  6. I have one of these and am going to do the welcome like the one you had and did for the front porch! Love the chalkboard idea too, but have plenty of those now.
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  7. Lori Ceresia says:

    So adorable and welcoming. Your work is beautiful. I just love all your posts. I so wish you had a You Tube page so we could “see” you do the crafts/DIY projects and then pause as we go. Thank you again!

  8. Oh wow I love this!!! Very clever!! Love the design too!

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  9. I love this! What a great idea. Now, if I could just figure out how to write on one and make it that pretty. I’m laughing about your reasons for wanting to become a teacher. Apparently, a lot of people miss chalkboards, since they are turning up everywhere — except in schools. laurie
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  10. You have inspired me to move a great chalkboard I have on the top shelf of our pantry to the front porch! It’s a beautiful simple chalkboard I made a few years ago, but it sits so high up no one sees it. You’re quite creative with an ironing board!
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  11. This is amazing! I just LOVE this ideas as I do have a old wooden ironing board. Now i know what to do with it once I am done with using it as a table! Thank you for your inspiration!!!

  12. Someone told me they saw an old ironing board turned chalkboard sign in a fall blog today so I’ve been searching and found yours. I must say I love the idea. I have an old board shaped like an ironing board but with no legs and have been wondering what to do with it. This is a really neat idea you’ve come up with. My one question is do you wash the chalk off when you want to create a new sign so it looks nice and black? I’ve never used chalkboard paint so do you recommend spraying or brushing it on? I’m debating whether to paint mine with chalkboard paint or making a huge sign out of it for the wall. Your fall decor is beautifully done and you have a lovely home. Thanks so much for your help in advance. Blessings, Pamela

  13. So Innovative! I love it but I’m baffled that you managed to come by two of these and I have yet to find one! I think I need to move!


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