DIY Small Ironing Table


Hello there! I hope your week has gotten off to a great start. Things are definitely looking up since it’s a short week!

My mom had this old TV tray table, and was going to put it in the donate pile. She’s also recently picked up quilting. I knew I could easily whip this table into something useful for her new hobby. I decided to turn it into a small ironing table that she could keep near her sewing table. This way, she doesn’t have to haul out the ironing board to press all of her quilting squares. She doesn’t even have to get out of her chair to iron! Talk about upping productivity. :)

diy small ironing table : like a saturday

I flipped it over and gave it a couple of coats of white spray paint.

diy small ironing table : like a saturday

Once the paint was dry and cured, I carried the table into the house to upholster the top. It already had a piece of fabric hot glued to the top, so I just popped that right off.

I had some batting on hand, so I layed that out and trimmed it so that there was about an inch of overhang on each side.

diy small ironing table : like a saturday

I pulled it taught and went after it with the staple gun until it was snug and secure.

diy small ironing table : like a saturday

Once the batting was in place, I did the same thing with a new piece of fabric. I had this scrap in my stash. I decided to go with something more neutral so that it would go with whatever decor she chooses and not draw too much attention to itself.

diy small ironing table : like a saturday

Voila! Quilting convenience at its finest. :) It doesn’t take up much room at all, but can easily be folded and put out of the way if needed.

diy small ironing table : like a saturday

diy small ironing table : like a saturday

diy small ironing table : like a saturday

I love repurposing things to give them new life. This project didn’t even cost me a dime since I already had everything on hand, mostly leftover from other projects.

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Have you repurposed anything lately? Or picked up any new hobbies?

Have a great Tuesday!


diy small ironing table : like a saturday

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Author: likeasaturday

I love my husband, family, friends, and sweet puppy. Every morning starts with a cup of coffee, and many days end with one. I enjoy being crafty, organizing events of any size, being outside, appreciating art, finding creative and healthful ways to cook, and living a simple life. I spend a lot of my time working on projects to update our home (on the cheap), which may or may not include the occasional midnight spray painting. I'm glad you stopped by! If nothing else, I hope my crazy antics will at least bring a smile to your face!


  1. That is so fabulous. I love it. Visiting from DIY Dreamer

  2. How creative and clever. I always need to iron small pieces of vintage linens and this would be perfect. I now wish I had not passed up the wooden TV trays I saw last week. This is the second great use for them I have seen in a week.

  3. What a great idea!
    I’m visiting from Wow us Wednesday. I hope you can stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
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  4. This is such a good idea for a craft room! Wow! You did such a good job ;) You should join our new linky party {1 party, 5 blogs!}
    Happy Easter!
    Jamie @

  5. What a GREAT repurpose idea!! It is really convenient to have an ironing board right next to you while crafting. The finished product always looks so much better. I know our readers would love to see this, too! Our Weekly All Things Thursday Link Up party is going on now at, and we would LOVE for you to join us :) Hope to see you soon!!

  6. I have one of these that I LOVE!!! It doesn’t have the legs, but is just a board and I can haul it around wherever I am sewing for the moment. It needs an update though- might have to get to that.

  7. We have neighborhood garage sales in a couple of weeks. I know what I am going to be looking for! Right now I have a little corner of my sewing table that is just layered with fabric and I use that to iron on. :0) This is such a better idea. I would love for you to share this at our weekly link party! I’m sure our readers would love this great project!


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  9. What a clever idea!

  10. So glad I found your blog – great idea!

  11. love the idea,certainly would do it,thank you….

  12. Great idea! I’m so doing this! Thanks for sharing :)

  13. Absolutely terrific idea. Seems so simple, but I never thought of it. Can’t wait to try it.

  14. I love it. I am going to make one with a removable padded cover, so I can still use my t.v. tray in the living room, but I would not have thought of this on my own. thank you.

    • Oh wow! That sounds really cool! That would probably be way to ambitious for me {my sewing skills are still at my jr. high home ec class level – haha!}. I would love to see a photo of the finished product! :)

  15. What a creative and functional idea! I use an iron for small craft items; which scorches my ironing board cover. Your idea definitely has a place in my craft room. Thank you!!

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  17. I’m Extatic, I have a small studio and constantly need a board out for the tons ofthe raw edge applique I do.

  18. I love this idea! I already have a wooden TV tray that I rescued from my neighbor’s trash! You have such good ideas! Thank you for sharing this.

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  22. This is such a great idea! I am hoping to try it out in our new house when I actually have a craft room :-) Came across this on Pinterest this week and am featuring it on my blog today if you’d like to stop by!

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  26. You’re a mad genius! This is fantastic! I am in love with your projects. New follower over here. :)

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  28. Love this idea!

  29. Loved this! And I’m equally in love with your Mom’s sewing machine desk. How COOL is that?!? I currently have to use my kitchen table and when I start humming along, the whole thing starts shaking around. Not very good for making straight seams. Now I want to go rummage thru the garage to look for something to repurpose!

  30. Can hardly wait to do this padded ironing pad to one of our marked up old tables. I walk into the kitchen 12 steps to iron my fabric. That gives me some excerise while sewing. Now I can have the little table right beside me. How will I get my exercising now!!!!!!

  31. Great Idea! I,m looking all over my house to find something to re purpose into an ironing board…..I; have been looking for something that was the height of my crafts table…..thanks a million!
    Cathy Ohler

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