It’s been eight months since Fun Son and Spunky Daughter surprised me with this 18″ ironing board for Mother’s Day. They actually remembered me saying I wanted one. Aren’t they exceptional children? 😉
After researching prices, I was planning to buy the ironing board at Wal-Mart for under $50. I hated to ask where the kids bought the ironing board, but someone later mentioned sneaking off to BB&B on Mother’s Day afternoon (and without a coupon!).
You may think I’m horrible, but I couldn’t resist checking the price a couple of months later while buying a gift at BB&B. Gasp! Tax and all, they spent a hundred smackers – over double the Wal-Mart price – for the same ironing board! Talk about feeling a little sick…
I had to force myself to not think about how much they paid (and over-paid) for the ironing board…and try to just really enjoy it. Isn’t that what we should do with a gift?
I immediately replaced my standard ironing board in the craft cave with this new Household Essentials® 18″ x 49″ version, and I use it all the time. The extra width of the board is wonderful!
When I press large pieces of fabric (for things like window treatments), it’s amazing how much faster it gets done. Ironing tablecloths is more efficient, too. Cloth napkins are a breeze to press, since an entire napkin fits on the surface.
For some reason, I don’t really use the iron rest that is the extension part at the end.
Some staining mysteriously appeared on the surface of the original cover after a couple of months. While working on a project for my next post about the ironing board, I discovered this on the inner pad. Ah-hah!
Upon closer inspection, I found rust on the board itself. Not a good sign for something this new.
A little scrub with a wire brush…and a covering of some matching silver spray paint with primer, and it’s much better now.
Time will tell if my repair lasts. Overall, this board has been very handy. If you buy one, I recommend getting it at Wal-Mart. If there is warranty information, keep it (I didn’t), in case you need to return it later for rust issues.
Good thing I’ve made a new ironing board cover, one free of rust. That’s the topic of my next post about this ironing board – how to make a new cover for this extra-wide board out of a standard sized cover.
Yes, I know you can buy a cover to fit this larger board. But, I have a special cover with a special purpose that I just couldn’t part with. I can hardly wait to show you how nifty it is!
Update: Now that the post has published, here’s the link for DIY Ironing Board Cover Conversion.
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