Not only are Friday’s ….Fri-yay’s, but it also means another addition of Salvage Sister & Mister feature me. Each week, we share an individual who has salvaged something to give it new life.
Today’s feature is Sarah from Sarah Shines ART. She took a vintage ironing board and made it into something she could use in a whole new way. But this isn’t just any ironing board. It’s got history, family significance, and a sweet story~
This ironing board belonged to her grandma Bloom (aka -MUM).
While Sarah did spend most everyday of her first four years at Mum’s home in Fort Worth, she moved to Oregon when she was 4 and has been here ever since. While her grandma then resided in Greenville, SC so they knew each other from afar.
Mum would write to all of the grandkids in Oregon, at least once a month and holidays. She would include a craft item she made. She also sent photos of her winning ribbon fair items, blankets, crocheted items, “upcycled’ jewelry, or stuff she just made from nothing.
When Sarah got older, she would share with Mum what she was making (pre Instagram, facebook). She had to describe it, or draw a picture.
Sarah badly wanted to see her Grandma one more time, and was blessed to spend 3 months just after she graduated high school. She soaked in everything at her Mum’s humble single wide trailer. She touched all her collections, and even learned how to crochet (left -handed).
“She has always inspired me. So much of her is in me. I hear her giggle when I make something crafty. She was the only grandma that made an effort to be in my life- from 3000 miles away.”
That ironing board raised her family and then Sarah’s family.
“Her hands were on it everyday. That deep connection has no words to describe what it feels like. the stories, the history.
It traveled from Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Virginia, Florida, South Carolina and Oregon.
It’s almost a 100 years old…
I am truly blessed. Some might find it silly- but living a world away from someone so special.. it truly means a lot to me. It now resides in my dining room over looking her table, which I was also blessed to receive.”
Vintage Ironing Board Upcycle:
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- Pulled all the layers of fabric off Ironing Board
- Gently removed the broken legs (which will be saved to make something funky!).
- Predrilled holes for the mounting brackets
- Attached the World Market adjustable rack (scored great price due to bent part).
- Screwed everything down
- Touched up screw heads with black paint
- Attached it to the wall with some molly screws (quite heavy once mugs are added)
It can hang vertical or horizontal ( the hooks move 360degrees).
A big THANKS to Sarah for sharing this great project. You can also find her on Facebook!
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