I lucked a very old ironing board at a garage sale 8 years ago, soon after I got married. I loved the wooden board; it was well used, so smooth and solid.
Since then, it’s been an oft used ironing board. After we moved north in 2010, 95% of our belongings lived in a storage unit for 18 months. When we moved, I found my ironing board needed replacing; its base was rusted so that fold-and-install as we needed was going to be difficult, esp in this small rental.
This meant, finally, the lovely piece could be repurposed!! I’ve been waiting almost 7 years for the chance to repurpose it! I had wanted to use it as a display table in the home, but my courtyard soon cast its dibs on it!
Next to my just re-stained new-to-me outdoor table, the board looked insipid. So I used the same stain on it and it came up beautifully! Plus the oil is a great protectant.
Hehe I thought I was being so avant-garde 4 years ago! But of course, it’s since been done:
Ironing board as potting bench
And in all those other ways I thought of those years ago!
Ironing board as side table
Ironing board as bookshelf
Ironing board as servery
Ironing board as cafe tables
Ironing board as night stands
Ironing board as bulletin/inspiration/craft/pin board
One day I might purchase some hairpin legs from Ian McLean and replace the rusty base. (Or treat and paint the current one a yellow or pale green gloss!)
One day :)