Wednesday, September 26, 2012

TV Tray turned into an Ironing Board


Most of you know that I love to sew. I really love it. For a long time, every time I sewed, I would haul out my gigantic ironing board just to press seams. Uggh! What a lot of work. So, I transitioned to a TV tray. I draped a towel over it and used that for an even longer time. It was much, much better, but such an eyesore next to my sewing machine. I finally decided it was time to fix that, so I upcycled my TV tray into an ironing board! It was pretty easy to do.

Love and Laundry | TV Tray to Ironing Board Makeover



Want to see how I did it?

I started by lightly sanding the wood. It didn’t need very much. My TV tray was old and I think it only had a light finish to begin with.

Love and Laundry | TV Tray to Ironing Board Makeover


After sanding, I spray painted it black.

Love and Laundry | TV Tray to Ironing Board Makeover


You really only have to paint the bottom, but I couldn’t help myself and gave the top a light coat also. Can one every spray paint too much?

Then, I measured the top. Mine was about 14 inches by 18 1/2 inches.

Love and Laundry | TV Tray to Ironing Board Makeover


I cut enough batting to cover the top of the TV tray. You can make it as thick as you want. I used about 3 layers, but I think you could go thinner and it would be perfect. The more you use it, the more flat it will get as well.

Love and Laundry | TV Tray to Ironing Board Makeover


After the batting was cut, I layered the fabric (right side down) and batting like this:

Love and Laundry | TV Tray to Ironing Board Makeover


Then, I placed the TV tray on top.

Love and Laundry | TV Tray to Ironing Board Makeover


Next, I folded the fabric in and took my handy dandy staple gun to staple it in place. (Imagine a staple gun placing a staple next to the hand holding the fabric down. It’s hard to hold a camera, the fabric, and the staple gun at the same time!)

Love and Laundry | TV Tray to Ironing Board Makeover


I did the outside edges first and saved the corners for last. Here’s how I did the corners:

Love and Laundry | TV Tray to Ironing Board Makeover

And that’s it! It’s finished!! And this is what I love. I can pull it out while I’m sewing to press seams.

Love and Laundry | TV Tray to Ironing Board Makeover

And when I’m done, it just folds up and stores nicely next to my sewing machine.

Love and Laundry | TV Tray to Ironing Board Makeover

Now if only I could keep my sewing area looking this clean and organized all the time. Hehe. ;)

12 comments:

  1. I love this project. It's so much cuter than any ironing board I've ever seen.

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  2. oh my goodness, that is the CUTEST ironing board EVER!! Such a great idea and the size is PERFECT! love the fabric too...

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  3. You are a genius. I have 8 (yes, EIGHT) of those little tables floating around from when I used to teach art. It's the perfect size for little sewing projects. Love it!

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  4. This is wonderful! I've got to make one of these! You're so clever Shatzi!

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  5. I love the fabric, your sewing table and this idea is genius!

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  6. Man! I need to make one of these! What a good idea!

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  7. I really want to make this for my dorm room next year. I found this super cute fabric at JoAnns. But the fabric is a flannel fabric and it says do not iron. I know this is probably self explanatory answer...but should I get a fabric that should not be ironed FOR my IRONING board? Lol.

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