Sunday, April 26, 2015

Ironing station

I have a new ironing station!  The sideboard itself is 12''x48'', and the top is 20''x61'' :)

I have been keeping my eye out for months for a narrow sideboard  to use as an ironing station.  I finally just decided to just make a custom one intead.  I ended up spending about $100 in lumber/fasteners/hardware/paint.  I am not going to count my hours as that is ''free'', right? LOL  Although, I probably have about 25-30 hours invested into the project.

First, I decided the dimensions I wanted it - and made the side frames:

Then the front frame:

Then, made the back frame 1 1/2'' narrower than the front frame:

For the ends, I decided to use some pieces of 1/4'' paneling I had left over from making the cabinets for my vintage camp trailer.  It was going to be painted, so it didn't really matter what type wood it was.

Testing out the homemade chalk paint (I mixed one sample jar of ''hunters coat red'' with 1/4 cup plaster of paris and 1/4c. water).  This was brigher than I wanted in the end, but I knew I was going to be aging it with stain, so I knew this would work.

I assembled the ends with the front and rear frames (I used my Kreg pockethole jig for assembly)

Then build doors and a breadboard edge top from the same 1x4 pine:

I decided on a medium/dark blue/gray for the base coat of paint:

I did not make the basecoat paint into chalk paint, but I probably should have to stretch the paint a little.  I ended up having to buy a second jar of the base coat:

I didn't count the beadboard in the total of my cost since I already had this from a previous project I didn't end up making.  I also used some leftover cedar from another project for the center shelf:

Top drawer made, and handles installed on drawer and doors:

I forgot to take a pic of the intermediate coat of paint - I used a medium aqua color over the blue, then 2 coats of the red:

Painting finished:

Now, the distressing starts.....

Then, finally, a rubbed on coat of stain to age the paint:

And, lastly, 3 coats of a satin lacquer (I used Deft spray-on).

The top is lovely, and I hated to cover it up - but that was the point of this project.  I took a piece of 3/4'' plywood and surrounded it with 2x2 edging to give it more structure and a thicker look.  I stapled 2 layers of  quilt batting and a civil war reproduction print fabric.


One of my most favorite projects I have ever done!  LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!

The top drawer will be great for holding long rulers and the cabinets will hold either projects or fabrics.  I am hoping to find baskets for the center shelves.  I had to leave the back open on the lower shelf so I can still get to the outlet on that wall.


  1. You did an amazing job on this complicated project!

  2. Just perfect! I'll take one too! You did a great job on the construction of your ironing station. I'm so impressed and a wee bit envious!

  3. WOW. That is a NICE piece of furniture. And you made it useful. This is terrific.
    I threw both of my ironing boards away.
    I grew so tired of those creaky rocky encounters...ugh.
    But I went a slightly "tackier" route.
    I bought two medium book cases from Target and a 2 x 5 foot piece of wood and Homie Depot (where my favorite homies work)
    mine stands 4 feet tall (i am tall)
    Yours is classy, mine is well, not :-P
    Karin, this is beautiful. Did you find the "pattern" somewhere? I know Ana White is the queen of making furniture, I bet she has some good ideas.
    YOURS is impressive

  4. Wow, this is just beautiful! I am so impressed and inspired! Thanks for sharing.

  5. What a lovely piece of furniture. Well done!!!!

  6. Wonderful job!! I love your talents. You are amazing!!

  7. You did a beautiful job on your ironing station!

  8. I'm continually learning new things from you. You're so talented. I'm glad I've found you!

  9. I'm so impressed! What a beautiful piece! It would be a joy to spend time in front of the iron with a beautiful spot like that!