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It’s almost been a year since our laundry room makeover, and thanks to the efficiency of the space, I still enjoy doing laundry. Imagine that!
One of the most handy items I placed in the room was this DIY vintage ironing board:
Since I’m not a fan of decoration for decoration’s sake, I wanted something charming AND useful to fill the empty wall space above my folding table. I soon spotted the perfect item: a vintage ironing board at a consignment sale. The only problem was that the price tag read $40 which I felt was too much for a piece of wood that I was just going to paint and nail holes into. And then I remembered the old porch planks we saved from our front porch makeover. They were the perfect thickness and width for crafting a DIY ironing board.
And the useful factor? I added some large hooks along the bottom on which to hang-dry delicates.
While the ironing board was a handy item, the least handy item I introduced to the room was homemade laundry soap. Since I’m always up for saving money, I decided it couldn’t hurt to try DIY detergent.
Boy was that a disappointing experiment! I actually think the stuff made my clothes dirtier. Haha! No point in having an efficient laundry room with inefficient detergent. However, I was still not willing to pay the high price for name-brand soap. Thankfully, I stumbled upon Member’s Mark® Ultimate Clean Laundry Detergent only available at Sam’s Club.
Here is why I love this stuff (especially the Fresh Scent variety):
- It lifts out tough stains at ANY temperature setting (which is usually “cold” for us).
- It’s only a fraction of the cost of the leading brands.
- It’s HE compatible and safe for all washing machine styles.
You can find Member’s Mark in the detergent aisle at Sam’s Club in store or online.
Have you been wishing for a vintage ironing board of your very own? Here’s how to craft one yourself for little to no money!
DIY Vintage Ironing Board Tutorial
You will need:
- Plank of wood roughly 1/2″ thick x 12″ wide x 4′ long
- Power saw
- Permanent marker
- Paint (any will do–I used latex)
- wall-mounting hooks
- large mug hooks
STEP 1: Mark ironing board nose
Using your straight-edge, trace 2 lines at diagonal angles on one end of your plank of wood to create the nose of the ironing board.
STEP 2: Cut lines
Using a power saw, carefully cut along your lines. Use sandpaper to smooth edges.
STEP 3: Paint
Clean wood of all dirt. For a driftwood look:
- Brush on a light coat of white paint. Let dry.
- Barely dip a brush into grey paint and remove any excess paint by drawing bristles over the rim of the can.
- Lightly brush grey paint along the grain of the wood to create a streaky look.
- Leave patches of white peeking through.
STEP 4: Add lettering
No need for stencils if you are a minimalist like me. Simply use a pencil to write out in cursive “Laundry,” “Laundrette” or whichever word you prefer.
Trace the pencil with a permanent market. For a calligraphy look, create thicker lines with the marker along the down strokes.
STEP 5: Add hooks.
Add wall-mounting hooks to the back of the ironing board and large mug hooks to the front of the board.
Total cost of my DIY vintage ironing board: $0 (I already had the materials on hand–it comes with living in a fixer upper).
Here’s to useful decor!
What’s your favorite tip for keeping the laundry room organized and efficient?
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