The Ironing Station….

I knew Kayla was coming…I knew Karl would be here.  I thought the dresser that is destined to be my ironing station would go up the stairs so I quickly painted it and tried to have it ready so when the stars aligned, the kids would help me get it upstairs.

If you remember, it looked like this…


…and my illustration for it was this…


Here it is painted with no top yet.

Thankfully with a little pushing, prodding, and heavy lifting, it went up the stairs.

This is my previous ironing station…
Ick.

Karl and I cut a piece of plywood so it was 2 1/2″ bigger on three of the sides.  We cut an angle on the two corners that will go to the front.  It’s so easy to “catch” yourself on a corner, I hoped this might help.

I layered ironing board fabric, batting, and the board as shown in the picture below.


I cut the batting the exact size of the wood top piece.

I cut the ironing board fabric a few inches wider, and I stapled it in place with the staple gun.


Next, I wanted to give it a “pretty” top…I originally bought the checked fabric for the top but at the last minute changed my mind and used the red instead.


I have a lot of Civil War wall hanging in my quilting room and I thought the red floral would go better with them than the red check.

Here it is all done.  I’m thrilled.  I can iron on the entire surface is I have something really long.  I can slide it out if I want to iron a quilt top, but as I told in Monday’s post, I always iron them downstairs anyway so I doubt I’ll ever iron a big quilt top here, but the point is, I can.  I have my larger Nido Wool Pressing Mat on one end (Find them HERE on Amazon).  I’ll use that for pressing most things as that’s my very favorite pressing method.

I used Command Strips (Here on Amazon) to hang the power strip.  I’m so happy that they worked well for this.


I have some brackets that I’ll have Buck use to secure it in place when he comes…I could do it, but he can do it much quicker.

The ironing station is just what I envisioned.  It is PERFECT for me!  I can’t believe all the storage space I will have underneath it!  I have some organizing and sorting to do yet, but WOW!  I’m one step closer to having a  sewing room I’m going to LOVE.

Some other updates…
I painted the piano bench that the plant stand goes on.

This little beat up hamper will probably get painted next.  I’m debating…red or gray.  Probably gray will win.


In the meantime…This is the chaos my sewing room currently is in.  OH MY WORD.  I keep telling myself, one step at a time…one step at a time.


I’m going to LOVE this!!  I just know I am.

30 thoughts on “The Ironing Station….

  1. Bonnie

    Great design and repurposing! My sewing room is also in disarray and I will study your progress to see if I can use some of your ideas! Love your blog and all the info you share!!

  2. Christine Jernigan

    Huge projects like this always get way worse before they get much better. Just keep your eye on the prize…A wonderful place to be creative. It is looking great.

  3. Carla

    Oh Jo! I want to suggest red for the little basket. Let it be a little pop of color!! Love watching your progress towards your custom sewing space.

  4. Pat

    Jo, you are on your way to an organized and inspiring sewing room. I am glad you went with your colors to make the room feel like you. It’s lookin great. Would you consider wheels on the bottom of the sewing table for ease in moving it out when needed? We’re anxious to see the next phase.

  5. Kate

    You are doing great! You seem to be on a roll and things are falling in place. You made a great ironing station. Your plants are beautiful1 You are a nourisher for plants and people.

  6. Wendy P

    I’m another red for the basket. But, I’m partial to red :). Love that your plans are coming together. Can’t wait to see the next step.

  7. jennifer caplinger

    yikes! but it’s going to be really great! i recently did my sewing room, too, and it’s still a work in progress. but it’s so nice to come up to a room we love, and start to work on projects- it’s so soothing! and for the hamper? red, definitely! you love that color, and with being under the stool, it’s kind of in a darkish area- the red will really make it pop!

  8. jennifer caplinger

    sorry- the hamper is not in a “darkish” spot like i thought- but it’s underneath something, and maybe shadowy at the wrong (right?) time of day? still think the red, tho…

  9. Connie

    SQUEAL!!!!!!!! You ARE going to LOVE it!! And I, too (gasp) vote for the wicker basket to be red. You can always paint over it if you don’t like it……….who am I kidding you will love that POP of red there!!

  10. Judith Fairchild

    I love your ironing board!!! That red is gorgeous. When I read you were going to paint the hamper gray after seeing your red ironing station. I wondered why you hadn’t said red. It would look so good under the gray.

  11. The Joyful Quilter

    The pressing station looks fabulous, Jo!! My vote for the hamper is a pop of red (since it’s sitting under the gray bench, anyway.) I’m SEW excited to see how your room will come together!

  12. Nance in Reno

    Are the legs of your sewing machine table in sand to level the table, to keep the table from moving?

  13. Donna T

    It’s looking good Jo!!! Love the ironing station!!! I agree with the others, red basket!!! It will pop!!!

  14. Helenanne T Judisch

    Love your ironing station and plant stand. You’re off to a great start. I need to check out the paint you used. It might be a great way to spruce up and unify several of the mix and match pieces here. Your journey to a highly functional sewing room you love is an inspiration.

  15. Susan Q

    I think red for the basket/hamper would add a nice pop of color. That would look beautiful under your charcoal piano bench! I love your dresser/ironing board set-up. I may have to copy your idea! You have such a beautiful room to create in. Love all the sunshine you get in your room.

  16. Jo Post author

    Nance in Reno. Under my sewing machine table are little boxes to raise the height of my sewing table. No sand in them at all!

  17. Jennifer Brooks

    You will love it! I did my room last year, and it’s like a sanctuary now – completely worth it. I thrifted a 1960’s buffet and made that into an ironing station. It’s the best.

  18. Bonnie Lippincott

    Oh! I love the ironing station! You have such good ideas, and the where withall to put your vision in place. That is definitely an accomplishment.

    p.s the basket “should” be RED!

  19. Kim J LeMere

    The ironing station is going to be a great addition to your sewing space and I like how you attached the power strip to the side of it. You are going to get so much more storage to use.

  20. Janet Orr

    Great job Jo! Love it! Nice to have that storage space under the ironing station!

    Just a word of caution – I once covered a tv tray to have by my sewing machine and used a cute print on it. But there was red in the print and it stained my block when I used water. Hope your red fabric was prewashed. I went to just the ironing board fabric on the tv tray so it wouldn’t happen again.

    Very smart on cutting off those edges of the board!

  21. Susan the Farm Quilter

    Love your new pressing station!! I am a cool-colors girl and red, orange and yellow are not colors I’m drawn to…but I adore grays…that said, your little hamper would look awesome in red!!

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