I do my ironing in a bedroom, rather than the laundry area in my unfinished basement. I wanted a handsome cabinet to keep the board easily accessible yet concealed from view. Generic prefab ironing centers can top $400, so I decided to make my own using a $40 salvaged shutter, with a swan cutout, for the door. At 18 by 46 inches, the shutter was wide enough to hide the ironing-board insert that I planned to tuck inside the cabinet (Hafele fold-up board, $205; Rockler) and about twice as tall. The extra height left enough space above the board for a supply shelf and an iron rest. A hanging bar on the door holds freshly pressed shirts. And paint, color-matched to the existing finish on the shutter's face, unites the new and old wood.

Paint: Benjamin Moore's Grape Gum.
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    Tools List

    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • pencil
    • Rafter Square
      Rafter square
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • bar clamps
      Bar clamps
    • drill
    • multi-bit screwdriver
    • one-and-a-half inch paintbrush

    Shopping List


    Fold-up ironing board

    Iron rest

    Hanging bar

    1x8 boards

    ¾-inch plywood

    1½-inch wood screws

    ¾-inch No. 10 screws

    2 cabinet hinges

    Cabinet knob

    Spackling compound or wood putty