Rummage Sale Sleeve Ironing Board Re-Purposed As Trestle Style Display Shelf

February 09, 2017
Today I have an upcycling/repurposing project from my midwinter rummage sale purchases.

This was the sleeve ironing board top part.

 My first thought was to make a sign from the ironing board top, and I painted it gray.  But then, I got an idea to try a couple of candlesticks under the sleeve ironing board to make a trestle-style shelf.

 I sawed the tops off of the candlesticks.  Make sure you get the tops real even so your shelf is level.  A chop saw works well.  I then screwed and glued the candlesticks to the sleeve ironing board.

 To even out the base colors of my project (bright blue and gray), I brushed on a coat of Rustoleum American Accents in Canyon Black.  It was a satin.

My top coat was Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White. (two coats). I wet distressed all edges of the piece with a dark green pot scrubber.  You can find instructions for wet distressing by googling or on Pinterest.

The WASH - DRY - FOLD stencil is from *Old Sign Stencils' Laundry stencil.  I love all of the stencils from Old Sign Stencils collection!

Trestle Style Shelf From Sleeve Ironing Board Top
 Here is the top of my ironing board after stenciling and distressing. I didn't wet distress the stencils as I didn't want the red paint to run.  I used 220 grit sandpaper on the stenciled area.  
Wet distressing takes the topcoat off but leaves the base coat in tact.  Sandpaper tends to remove the topcoat and some of the base coat, and I didn't want the bright blue paint or gray paint to show through.

Trestle Style Shelf From Sleeve Ironing Board Top
 My new trestle style, ironing board shelf can of course be used in the laundry room, but also in a bathroom or kitchen too!

Trestle Style Shelf From Sleeve Ironing Board Top
Re-purposing and up-cycling are so fun!

*Old Sign Stencils provided me with complimentary samples.
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Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. I just ordered the Laundry sign from Donna. Great signs. Repurposing - looks like a child sized ironing board now (especially with the addition of the red iron). Pinned.

  2. Wow, you are really talented with all the painting and distressing techniques! This looks amazing... I would buy something like this in a minute. You always give such clear, precise instructions. Thank you!

  3. You've done it again!! I love this! You have the best imagination ever. I know I've said it before, but it's true. Great piece!

  4. I bought one last summer at the thrift store for $1.00. Still not sure what I want to do with mine. This is a cute idea.

  5. How creative, and so cute! I would love to have one of these in my laundry room. Only problem I would need a larger laundry room as well. But I wouldn't mind. Lol

  6. I've got a small ironing board that I don't use and I should see what's underneath! Pinning & sharing :)


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