Vintage Ironing Board Upcycled into a Bookshelf

While window-shopping & brainstorming ideas for a bookshelf in my living room, I spotted a wood ironing board at a consignment shop. It was $30---a little more than I think an old ironing board should cost, yet cheaper than a decent bookshelf. But mostly, I was sold on having such a unique piece in my home. Distressed white chalk paint vintage wood ironing board repurposed into bookshelf living room makeover The Decor Guru Continue reading to check out more of my recent vintage/secondhand find and to see how I made it over!

The ironing board is surprisingly sturdy. I was able to place all my living room books on it plus a few plants. Which is great because this doesn’t give me much surface space like an actual bookshelf would… but it’s so unique! It’s a sacrifice I was willing to make.

Here’s what it looked like “before,” at the consignment store:

Wood vintage ironing board The DIY Homegirl

I love the lines created from its legs. Their angular aesthetic balance the shabby-chicness of the board. I live for a juxtaposed room.

Distressed white chalk paint vintage wood ironing board repurposed into bookshelf living room makeover The Decor Guru

The board is also perfect for my living room makeover because I’ve been adding more texture and rustic elements to this space. I painted it with white chalk paint and distressed it, because all white would have felt too stark.

Distressed white chalk paint vintage wood ironing board repurposed into bookshelf living room makeover The Decor Guru

To further decorate this area of the room, I hung some of my older artwork and some framed photos torn from magazines.

Distressed white chalk paint vintage wood ironing board repurposed into bookshelf living room makeover watercolor drawing wall art framed photosThe Decor Guru

I adore the photo of the monkey, plus the colors match wonderfully.

Living room National Geographic photo art Moroccan monkey The Decor Guru

It’s been great to share a portion of this living room makeover and there will be more to come soon. There are a few finishing touches and one big piece of art I’m working on… and then will come the reveal. Stay tuned!

Have you ever repurposed an ironing board? Do you like to decorate with contrasting items? How do you display your book collection?

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8 Comments on Vintage Ironing Board Upcycled into a Bookshelf

  1. Looks great.

  2. This is such a genius idea! Love how it turned out:)

  3. Cute Idea, I much rather read than iron.

  4. Happy New Year! This post was featured at this week’s pin party at The Pin Junkie!

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