Old Wooden Ironing Board Turned Corner Shelf

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$26
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I imagine many of you have seen an old wooden Ironing board, maybe at your grandparents depending on your age or at a flea market. Mine came from my grandparents home and is close to a 100 years old. They have both been gone a very long time but the ironing board made its rounds to various basements, sheds etc until it made its way to my place. Although I still iron, yes we are a rare breed now a days this little baby had seen better days but still had some life left in it. It was my job to make it into something wonderful in honour of my grandparents and my dad as I know he would be so proud of what I did with it and didn't throw it away. I have always loved the corner shelves that look like a boat or a canoe but they can be very expensive to buy . My ironing board made me think of them and I set out to create it.

old wooden ironing board turned corner shelf

So my first step was to remove the cover, turns out there were several with about 100 thumb tacks to hold it in place.

old wooden ironing board turned corner shelf

Next I dismantled the legs. Not an easy task I might add! I ended up having to cut the legs off as there was only one piece with screws in it that would come a part.

old wooden ironing board turned corner shelf

Now it is time to start building. Here is the tools needed for this project. My awesome new jigsaw from Hometalk and a hammer and 2 inch nails.

old wooden ironing board turned corner shelf

To make my shelves I used Barn board in a natural wood color purchased at Home Depot for under $10.00!!

old wooden ironing board turned corner shelf

So to measure my shelves I just laid the wood on the ground and put my ironing board on top making sure it was at the end and drew a line at the other end, then cut with my jigsaw. The amount of shelves depend on you.

old wooden ironing board turned corner shelf

I wanted to use the legs off of the ironing board so I cut them the same width as my shelves which I will use to secure underneath each shelf and on the bottom.

old wooden ironing board turned corner shelf

Now it is time to attach your shelves. Once determined the placement of my shelves I nailed them in place using 2 inch nails and then nailed my legs that I cut underneath to help secure the shelves.

old wooden ironing board turned corner shelf

Now it is time to do the sides. For this I used a hardboard, it's white on one side and natural color on the other side. You will need two sheets as they are only 48 inches in length and my ironing board is 53 inches. Also 2 pieces of PVC trim. I purchased both at Home Depot for under $20.00

old wooden ironing board turned corner shelf

So I measured out my hardboard. The width was 8 1/2 inches. I then used painters tape to mark my line. I find it easier to use as a guide when doing a long cut to help keep a straight line when cutting. Repeat step.

old wooden ironing board turned corner shelf

To attach the hardboard I laid the ironing board on its side. I put the white side facing down. I attached using 1 inch nails. As mentioned this board was not long enough so I had to cut two pieces and add to the bottom and second shelf. Repeat step on other side.

old wooden ironing board turned corner shelf

So it should now look like this. Next step is to add the trim. I laid the board down flat and attached the trim following the shape of the board. This is easy to do as this PVC trim is very flexible. I attached using 1 inch nails.

old wooden ironing board turned corner shelf

Here it is with the trim attached.

old wooden ironing board turned corner shelf

To finish off the sides I used some barnboard wallpaper I had left over. You can choose to paint your sides.

old wooden ironing board turned corner shelf

Here it is finally finished! I am so happy with the end result. I know my grandparents and my dad would be smiling too!

Suggested materials:

  • Wooden Ironing board
  • 1 piece of Barnboard  (Home Depot)
  • 2 sheets of Hardboard  (Home Depot)
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  • Vera
    6 days ago

    I don't have an old Ironing board but that is a neat Idea. I want to turn my grandmothers 1800's sewing machine cabinet into something useful. Does anyone have any ideas?

  • Johnny Sanchez
    6 days ago

    She could have made herself a canoe

    dont you think ???

    The corner shelf looks amazing though 👍🏼

    • Amy Medina
      5 days ago

      Yes I was thinking the same thing and could put it in the yard with plants. But if she did that I would have to be covered with something to protect the wood from getting damaged from rain and moisture.

  • Kellie Collins
    5 days ago

    BTW, can i show you all this cute and funny picture? i don't know how else to do it, but it's so appropriate (lol) and the little dog is so funny with that expression on his/her face!


    • Kellie Collins
      3 days ago

      Lol cool thanks for positive replies I’m happy y’all like it! He IS cute for sure!

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