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!
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.
This month I'm sharing how to make a farmhouse chalkboard from an IKEA kids easel.
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!
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.
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.
I used some white paint on the frame and then distressed it slightly once the paint was dry.
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 😉
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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That's a great idea! I was just at Ikea this weekend and scoping out those easels.
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. 😉
It looks so good and I am very impressed that you cut the legs off so perfectly!
Thank you, Malia! Getting them even took some work LOL I usually just cut stuff first and measure later....not good!
super way to use the easel as a wonderful reminder over your morning coffee.
Thanks so much, Laura! xo
What a creative idea. It looks like you bought it like that. Gotta find me an easel!
Thanks so much, Meegan! I'll bet you could find one at a yard sale this time of year.
What a cute idea Mary Beth! And a great way to repurpose something!
Thank you, Cindy!
What a great repurpose. I love it. You are so creative and I like the frame painted!
Thank you, Jessica! I am so glad you liked it.
I've got chalkbord joy joy joy joy down in my heart.
Now you know I won't be able to get that out of my head!!!! 😉
And now we know your secret. 😉 What a creative makeover, Mary Beth!
Thank you, dear friend!
What a great way to repurpose an old easel. I love that you painted the frame and attached a quote.
Thank you so much, Kristi!
Hi Mary Beth,
I would have to fire up the Cricut machine, too, because I have zero chalkboard skills! A great repurpose, indeed!
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.