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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Vintage Ironing Boards ~ Not Just For Hard Labor

I love every single element in this image.

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The idea of using a vintage ironing board as an entry way table is completely charming to me.

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It looks lovely even in an outdoor setting.

Or what about as a sideboard to hold delicious treats?

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Donna of Funky Junk built a pallet desk. Do you see what I see?

She created an overhead lamp using, what else, a vintage ironing board.

Even if you can’t find a wooden ironing board a metal board can be cute too.

Alas I fear that my vintage ironing board may be going the way of the croquet set.

We’ll have to see if Mr. Décor and I can iron it out. :)

Laura

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21 comments :

Kelley said...

Fabulous inspiration!

Auntie Em said...

The vintage ironing boards are very interesting but always felt a little unsteady to me. I would be a little leary of setting it up some where where it could be knocked over although the one you have seems to have four good sturdy legs. It might be one of the sure footed ones! :)
Sad if it was to go the way of the croquet set. :(

Vicki said...

What an inspirational post! Love the creative, decorative, and fun uses for a vintage ironing board. Between the croquet set post and this one, it sounds as if you're doing some serious spring cleaning!

Whimsey Creations said...

Iron it out - bwahaha you're a hoot! I have one of those just sitting up against the wall in my studio and now I have some ideas on how it could be used. Thanks!!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Noooooo you can't let either of your treasures go!! Now I need to head to the Brass Armadillo this weekend to see if I can get lucky with one of those ironing boards!!! Very cool inspo!!!

Kim @ La Belle Époque said...

Lovely photos and what interesting ideas. I would never have thought of most of these.

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Love the inspiration with the vintage ironing board! I've never seen them used like this. Charming. Hope you keep yours! And we used to play croquet as kids too. Fun times!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Haha ~ and here I am just using the darn thing to iron fabric, Laura! Who'd have thought it was okay to bring the ironing board out of the closet. You've reminded me that I have a brand new croquet set {never opened} that I've had about 3 years now. I used to like to get things like that for our yard. It was a lot of fun to have these yard games to play with our kids in their teens. They'd even play with their friends, which was always nice to see. I guess I'll be giving that to the daughter since she has the yard now. We're in a condo now and I don't think the HOA would appreciate us setting up for a game!

Ann said...

Well I'm definately inspired, I'm going to use the metal ironing board idea. Really cute for my office overhaul.
Ann

{northern cottage} said...

i have a vintage wooden one in my storage & am planning on pulling it out for extra display space this spring! LOVE the one with the aqua legs....and surrounded by flowers - does it get better? xo

www.NorthernCottage.net

Karena said...

Laura I love the idea of using the vintage board as a side serving table and have seen them used as a bar setup both indoors and out!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Little Leslie said...

I love all of these images! What great ideas!

Danielle said...

Another great post, Laura. I love the ironing board outdoors and also the metal one as a dish "rack" hanging on the wall. I think I'm off to the antique store this weekend. You have inspired me. I hope you and the Mr. can "iron" something out and you can keep it.

Thanks!
Danielle xo

Jill Elaine said...

There are SO many cute things you can do with those things! But I understand - I too have had to let go some really fun stuff. you can only do so many neat ideas!

Barefoot in Blue Jeans said...

Love the ideas. I work at a place where we have lots of palets left....hmmmm you've got me thinking.. Thanks

Lorrie said...

I can just envision it --

Sorry honey, I can't iron your shirts any more. No, I'd really like to (ha) but look, the ironing board reinvented itself as a display table. It couldn't help itself.

Hope Filled Living said...

What a pretty post. I love the pallet desk! My daughter is an artist and she paints the old ironing boards. Someone recently liked a design on one of her pieces that he is having it scanned to have painted on his sports car! lol.
Hugs,
Mary

Debbie said...

I would never have thought to use a vintage ironing board in those applications, and I really love every one of them.

Linda said...

Very cute ideas! :) Makes me wish we would have kept our old ironing boards.

French Basketeer.com said...

Clever; especially love the one in white, and the pallet desk idea...

Jane said...

There are some truly unique ideas here....I especially love the palette work table. (I'm really into palettes right now...just painted a couple)
Jane (artfully graced)