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How to Make a Farmhouse Chalkboard from an IKEA Kids Easel

How to Make a Farmhouse Chalkboard from an IKEA Kids Easel - Easy IKEA Hack!

Farmhouse Chalkboard made from an IKEA Kids Easel

It's time for this month's Thrifty Style Team blog hop! Every month some of my favorite blogger friends and I get together to share decor and projects that are thrifty, nothing that will break the bank or even come close to it. You can see all they're sharing at the bottom of this post.

Thrifty Style TeamThis month I'm sharing how to make a farmhouse chalkboard from an IKEA kids easel.

IKEA Easel Hack - How to make a Farmhouse Chalkboard

When my youngest son was a little guy I bought him a chalkboard/whiteboard easel from Ikea.  He used it constantly.  He loves to draw and that easel was always covered with something awesome. Even if it was a stick figure it was amazing to me!

IKEA Easel Hack - How to make a Farmhouse Chalkboard

Last year I realized that the easel had just been sitting gathering dust *sigh* and I wasn't sure what to do with it.  I decided rather than get rid of it I would salvage the chalkboard portion for my kitchen.  I took apart the easel, just a few screws, and cut down the legs.

IKEA Easel Hack - How to make a Farmhouse Chalkboard

I left it that way for a while, plain and lame, and then decided to up my game a bit and actually paint the frame to give it a farmhouse look.

IKEA Easel Hack - How to make a Farmhouse Chalkboard

I used some white paint on the frame and then distressed it slightly once the paint was dry.

IKEA Easel Hack - How to make a Farmhouse Chalkboard

I placed the chalkboard on the back of my dresser pantry.  There's a ledge where there was once a mirror and it fits perfectly there.  That is my refrigerator behind it.....I do everything I can to camouflage it 😉

IKEA Easel Hack - How to make a Farmhouse Chalkboard

Since I have absolutely no talent with chalk handwriting I fired up my Cricut to make the sign you see on it now.  It pretty much sums me up fairly well......Coffee and a whole lot of Jesus!

Check out the awesome projects my friends are sharing and be inspired!

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IKEA Easel Hack - How to make a Farmhouse Chalkboard

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  1. That's a great idea! I was just at Ikea this weekend and scoping out those easels.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      After I took it apart and cut off the legs I had a slew of ideas for how to use it while it was still all together so I may be heading back to IKEA to buy another one. That always happens to me. 😉

  2. It looks so good and I am very impressed that you cut the legs off so perfectly!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Malia! Getting them even took some work LOL I usually just cut stuff first and measure later....not good!

  3. laura janning says:

    super way to use the easel as a wonderful reminder over your morning coffee.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Laura! xo

  4. What a creative idea. It looks like you bought it like that. Gotta find me an easel!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Meegan! I'll bet you could find one at a yard sale this time of year.

  5. What a cute idea Mary Beth! And a great way to repurpose something!

  6. What a great repurpose. I love it. You are so creative and I like the frame painted!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Jessica! I am so glad you liked it.

  7. I've got chalkbord joy joy joy joy down in my heart.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Now you know I won't be able to get that out of my head!!!! 😉

  8. Diane | An Extraordinary Day says:

    And now we know your secret. 😉 What a creative makeover, Mary Beth!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, dear friend!

  9. What a great way to repurpose an old easel. I love that you painted the frame and attached a quote.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Kristi!

  10. Hi Mary Beth,
    I would have to fire up the Cricut machine, too, because I have zero chalkboard skills! A great repurpose, indeed!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Jane! I've been firing up my Cricut a lot lately. I don't know why I let it sit idle for so long.