A skirt guard [in this case crochet] was necessary for ladies who cycled in long skirts. The guard prevented the skirt flapping into the spokes and causing an accident and preventing mud from splashing up. Modern cycles don't even have a mud guard.
Paint Old wooden ironing board as if it were an Irish road sign? I AM SOOO excited because I just bought a wooden ironing board (vintage 1967 Fayetteville, AR ) last week. Stoked to do this exact thing! Not bad for a 12 dollar investment!