Miniature Vintage Iron Display Made with Thrift Shop Finds

March 20, 2016

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.

Vintage Miniature Iron Display Shelf
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.

Vintage Miniature Iron Display Shelf

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

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Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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

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

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

  4. 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

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

  6. 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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