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How to Install an Ironing Center

Host Amy Matthews shows how to install an ironing center with these step-by-step instructions.

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installing an ironing center
  • Time


  • Price Range

    $50 - $100

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Mark the Center of the Wall

Find the center of the wall where the ironing center will go, and make a mark with a pencil.

Use a level to draw a straight, vertical line down the center of the wall.

find center of wall where ironing center will go

Step 2: Make and Trace the Template

Make a template of the ironing center out of cardboard.

Line up the center of the template with the center mark on the wall, and draw a pencil line around it.

make template of ironing center out of cardboard

Step 3: Cut the Wall

With a jab saw, cut out a square within the outline of the template large enough for you to reach your arm in to feel around for any obstructions (Image 1).

Finish the template cut with the jab saw once the inside of the wall is clear (Image 2).

Step 4: Position and Secure the Cabinet

Slide the iron cabinet into place (Image 1).

Secure it to the wall with screws (Image 2), and hook it up to the electrical source (Image 3).

Step 5: Sand the Cabinet Door

Sand the door to a smooth surface. Be careful not to change the profile of the grooves, and always sand with the grain of the wood.

Wipe away the sanding dust with a soft tack cloth.

wipe away sanding dust with soft tack cloth

Step 6: Apply Stain

Wearing rubber gloves, apply the stain with the grain of the wood. Keep the application as even as possible (Image 1).

Once the surface is covered, remove the excess with a cloth rag (Image 2).

Flip the door over onto a few bottle caps so you can stain the back while the front is drying (Image 3).

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