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.