Friday, August 4, 2017

Rescuing Trash: How I Saved This Darling Easel from the Landfill

A couple of years ago 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 later I was driving around the corner from my house and saw this. 

This is why  you need to take the long way around your neighborhood on trash day and be ready with your flashers!

Seriously, whoever threw this out had no imagination.

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. 

Someone there is obviously on crack. 

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 thing 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 honey sales. Oh yeah, and it was free. 

Free is my favorite price. Well, free plus a little elbow grease. Happy trash picking, y'all!

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