Last year I saw a cute easel on sale at Marshall's for around 40 bucks. I almost bought it, but I couldn't get over the price tag. Then sure enough about a month ago I was driving around the corner from my house and saw this.
It was in pretty good shape but needed some attention. One side was a chalk board and the other side was this dry erase board and what I guessed was a tray for supplies that had seen better days. Have you priced these? I recently saw this at my neighborhood Hobby Lobby.
Remember when I posted about things I keep on hand for projects? Since I had chalk board paint, sandpaper and stain, this project cost me nothing but a little work. The previous owner had marked it all up with markers so I dismantled the whole things and started with sanding the wooden pieces and dry erase board.
The tray I removed so I could work on it.
I had some contact paper I'd found at my local thrift store for less than a dollar. I covered the bottom with craft paper first and then attached the contact paper to pretty it up.
I gave both pieces of board fresh coats of Valspar Chalkboard Paint, letting it dry completely between coats.
Then I put the whole thing back together and easy peasy and cheap, a beautiful chalk board easel for welcoming signs at parties or for the holidays. Oh yeah, and it was free. That's pretty awesome too.