Do you remember the vintage ironing board I picked up last month? I got it at a church yard sale for $5.00. (My personal limit when I thrift)
I had no idea what I was going to do with it. When I was looking at it, the lady said “do you need an old ironing board”? I told her, that I didn’t need one, but I was going to buy it anyway.
I found an image from Karen @ the graphics fairy. Did you know that you can print oversized images from your own printer? I didn’t, so I googled it. You don’t have to google it, I’ll tell you how to do it.
I opened the picture, and told it to print. When the print menu popped up, I went into the “options” or “settings” menu. From there I chose page layout. I chose Multi-Page- Poster Printing. You can see that I chose 2x2. I also choose to do a print preview BEFORE printing option. For my printer, that is located under the Advanced tab.
Here you can see that it will print out on 4 pieces of paper. After the 4 pieces print, you just trim them a little and tape them together. Easy Peasy! You can thank me later! I love sharing what I learn with you guys!
I taped my four pieces together, then trimmed away all the extra paper. I taped the dress from on the ironing board. I have a very colorful beach towel underneath it because I didn’t want it to scratch my DIY Kitchen Island.
I used a ball point pen to trace the lines which left an impression on the wooden ironing board. I used some black craft paint and a small paint brush to paint the lines on the ironing board.
I was so busy painting, I guess I didn’t take any “in progress” pictures.
This is the step that I may regret. I got another image from Karen @ the Graphics Fairy. I liked the image but I don’t think I did a very good job transferring it and painting it. However, in the spirit of “keeping it real” I show you everything, whether I like it or not.
I laid the ad on the board, and taped of the correct size.
Then I painted it the best matching color I had. I got very busy transferring the image with a ballpoint pen-then painting over those lines, and again, I didn’t take any pictures.
I was not thrilled with the end result. I am not a very good detailed painter.
At this point, I’m liking the dress form, but the advertisement? Not so much.
I thought it was too new looking, so I took some sandpaper to it.
I may or may not be finished with this project. The advertisement does show up better than it does in pictures. I have gotten an enlargement of the original image from the nice people at Staples. I may sand off the image that I painted and decoupage the enlarged ad on it. I’m open to suggestions.
I felt I could go two different ways with this ironing board. I could focus on the laundry room, or a sewing room. I sort of thought in my neck of the woods, a seamstress might go for it before someone would want it for their laundry room. I still need to corral the legs on the back and add some hardware on it in case someone would like to hang it on their wall for art.
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.