I enlisted my dad's help, since he is a carpenter and I thought he might consider making me something for a combination Christmas/birthday gift. We sketched out a basic table with a couple of shelves underneath for storage. A few days later, I stopped at the Project for Pride and Living resale shop in NE to look at office chairs. I happened upon a large and sturdy Ikea kitchen island and thought it could be perfect! The main downfall was a big red stain on the butcher block top, which was not a problem for me since I fully intended to cover it in batting and fabric! I figured this was a much quicker and possibly cheaper solution than having my dad build something from scratch.
It was a little high for ironing/cutting height, which I am used to as someone who is only 5' tall. Unlike most things I use, this was easy to modify. My dad cut a few inches off the legs bringing it down to 32" tall.
He used a jig saw (something we do not own in our household) and taped the legs before cutting to prevent splitting the veneer (something I would not have thought of).
I covered the top in tinfoil, like Kristin had done, to protect the wood from steam and deflect the heat back up to the ironing surface.
Then I covered that in a single layer of batting.
Next, I covered the batting with a layer of therma ironing board fabric.
I intended to staple the layers down and cover it with this lovely Joel Dewberry home dec fabric. However, once I tested it out and realized that it the table is already fully functional, I lost steam (no pun intended)!
I did manage to add some pretty shelf paper to the drawers. Hopefully, I'll get the staple gun out one of these days to finally finish it up. I guess you could consider this my largest WIP!