Thursday, April 16, 2009

I love how these turned out...

I think it is quite ironic that a girl who really doesn't like to iron spent time making her ironing boards "pretty". I know it sounds odd, but I like to be surrounded by things that make me smile and seriously, the "plain wrap blue" and the "cream with blue stripes" didn't match my orange walls. Since my family room/schoolroom/craft room is all the same room, the ironing boards are always visible. We have no cupboards in which to hide them. So, I've been tucking the big one next to my shelves and I had the little blue one (great for small sewing projects!) on the back of the door. As we've made more and more progress on the room, however, I just couldn't leave them the way they were. (They were sad, seriously sad.) So, I recovered them using a tutorial I found at U-handblog. Quite some time ago Lisa gave step-by-step instructions to do a quick and easy re-do of your ironing board cover and I held on to it until I had the right fabrics. When I say easy, I mean "EASY". I did both ironing boards in about an a hour and a half. Even if your ironing board does have a happy little cupboard that it hides away in, maybe you'd pull it out a little more often if it was covered in fabric you just adored. (Okay, probably not, but still, it would be nice to be looking at something you liked while you were ironing, right?)


Now that I love the fabric on the big board, we'll be using some hooks and hanging on the wall like a piece of art...I got the hooks today, but because the ironing board is pretty substantial, Superman is going to mount them on a piece of wood and mount the wood onto the wall with super powerful screws (or whatever it takes so I don't accidentally rip a huge hole in the wall). I'm just so glad I saved this tutorial and took the time to recover these ironing boards. They really are fun now.

9 comments:

momstheword said...

They look very pretty, Erin! Mine hides in a closet and yes, it is very ugly.

Erin said...

Thanks! I really like how they turned out..

momstheword said...

Erin, it's just my self-deprecating humor, sorry! :)

The laundry is folded and is supposed to be put away in the bedroom, but I was in a hurry so just dumped it in there without bothering to put it away. I didn't fold it in there.

I do have a place for gloves and umbrella (near the door) but just didn't put them away. Still have no idea how that umbrella got in there though.

I think that's my problem. I leave cleaning/straightening the bedroom till last and sometimes it doesn't get done. So my straightening up system is failing me because I'm not doing it in there as much as I should

I love your "staging area" idea! Where do you have yours?

Bobbi Jo said...

So very pretty! Great job they are much prettier than those you buy at the store. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

rhonda said...

I may have to look up your idea. I love it and I love the fact that you can pick out your own fabric to match your personality. I hate ironing and try to do as little as possible. Thats why we have dryers du! Ok that would be my sarcasm sorry. Thanks for the great idea

Erin said...

Rhonda, I hate ironing, too. I was only half-joking when I said making it prettier might make me loathe it less!

Bobbi Jo, thanks...I think so, too!

Moms, thanks for stopping by...I'll send you an email with the details of my staging area...

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh you did such a good job,They were ugly before now they are just beautiful!

sewtakeahike said...

Pretty ironing boards make ironing so much more fun!

Erin said...

Keeping my fingers crossed that it works just like that!