Decorative shelvingBefore you condemn your old ironing board to the skip or throw in to the back of the garden shed, consider how you can re-use it in unique ways that will enhance your home and garden. The logistics of an ironing board gives it some choice features that can be put to good use elsewhere. If it's very old and tatty, you may want to detach the metal components underneath the board first. This will leave you with a smooth oblong plank that can be used as contemporary shelving. A quick coat of paint and some easily assembled hanging brackets on the back make for a great palette where you can display ornaments, books, trinkets and other household sundries. By adding some simple pieces of wood to the board, you have a perfectly constructed display centrepiece that can be suspended from walls.
Garden and home usesYour old ironing board already comes complete with standing legs. The beauty of this aspect is it opens up the door to all kinds of table-making opportunities. When dressed with a variety of flowers and plants it can be placed in the garden as a floral display.
It can also be transformed into a pretty garden table with a little paint and imagination. Use it to hang bird-seed holders from, or simply display your picnic paraphernalia on it. If you don't like the legs, remove them completely and create a work of mural art by simply painting a tranquil summer scene on the surface. Lean it against a wall, or the front door as a welcome sign, or hang from a tree. You can spruce it up further by adding materials like crystals, shells and pretty buttons and ribbons. Old ironing boards also look stunning when adhered or hung on garden wall trellis'.
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