Miniature Vintage Iron Display Made with Thrift Shop Finds

I think I have shared with you before that I am NOT a  builder.  This tutorial will help other non-builder's make fun pieces for decorating their homes.  This display shelf project started with this small ironing board and napkin holder purchased at a thrift shop.

The ironing board had some metal brackets on the back for a stand that had to be removed.  The holes left by the bracket were filled with wood putty, and the putty was sanded when dry.  
Then I measured my two miniature irons from front to back.  One was 3 1/2" and  the other 4".  I sized my napkin holder sides with about an inch of difference in length.  
I love this type of project.  The napkin holder sides have a nice shape and are finished, unlike using a piece of scrap wood.  Easy all the way!

Then the napkin holder sides that are now SHELVES are screwed in from the back of the ironing board and a sawtooth hanger is added at the top.  I rarely use the nails that come with the sawtooths, especially when I will be displaying irons.  I used a little longer nails.

I base coated my shelf with Rustoleum Painter's Touch satin paint in Canyon Black, and then brushed on two coats of ASCP in Old White.  

I then sanded the piece with 220 grit sandpaper and stenciled on the word "IRON" with Darice Poster 1" Alphabet Stencils.  I also waxed the shelf with DecorArt Americana Creme Wax.

The top miniature iron is a vintage Lady Dover toy iron, and the bottom one, my mom tells me is a salesman's sample.

This is my farmhouse style laundry room, with my kitchen through the doorway to the left.  I love decorating my laundry room because it's seen every day not just for laundry but just passing through.

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  1. Carlene - SO CUTE! Love them.


  2. You think of the cutest things. Amazing! Thank you for sharing!!!

  3. You are amazing. Can't wait to see what you do in the garden this year too.

  4. Such a fun thing to collect and you've made the perfect display!

  5. I love your repurpose! This will be featured this Tuesday on Talk of the Town. Thank you for linking up.
    Julie @ Love My Simple Home

  6. How cute, now if I only had a laundry room!

  7. Love, love, love. I have the same in my laundry room. I have my mom's wooden ironing board and two old her vintage irons. Also 3 washboards.


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