11.06.2012

DIY Style :: Window Frames to Chalkboard Easel


Back in September, I was in a mad rush to put some finishing details on Holly for a couple big craft shows we would be attending. I'd learned from prior shows that my decision to put branding only on the back of the trailer made things a bit confusing for people who passed by, saw the front, and didn't quite know what was going on. I also learned that even though the door was open, people weren't sure they could go inside. The former issue was fixed with decals we put on Holly's other three sides, and the latter I knew I wanted to solve with a chalkboard easel.

I started looking online, and at a local retail supply store, and the least expensive one I could find was $65 (and it wasn't even that cute). Surely, I thought, there was a less expensive solution. Surely, I thought, I could make one myself. So I started researching some DIYs online, and stumbled across this tutorial from Our Vintage Home Love. I liked how streamlined it looked, and how simple the construction was, so I made a list of supplies I already had, and ones I needed to buy, to see if it would be worth it.

I still had some chalkboard paint leftover from the chalkboard the hubs made for our kitchen. We also kept all the leftover sheets of paneling from when we refurbished Holly, so I knew I could cut those to the right size and the chalkboard parts would be taken care of. As far as the frame, I needed the wood for that, and the eye screws to tie the two pieces together and the hinges for the top, but I had loads of spray paint to paint it. So great, just the frame wood, the screws and the hinges.

And then I had an epiphany!

Many, many months ago, I got these old window frames for free on Craigslist to hang the coffee bean bags we brought back from Guatemala. I ended up putting the bags on the wall as-is, so the frames got shoved in the hall closet, and I almost got rid of them during my last cleaning spree. I'm so glad I didn't, because using those saved a ton of time (and money). Plus they have that worn-in look I love so much.

So, lessons learned? If your gut says, "Don't get rid of it," stop and listen. And the free section on Craigslist rules.

The end. :)

3 comments:

  1. I'm making a a-frame sign (not out of window frames) and wondered why you put the hinges on top of board? so it will lay flat? trying to figure the best way for me to do it..mine is for my salon.

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  2. or maybe yours flips both ways?

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    1. Hey Shirley! I did it that way because the tutorial I read said to do it that way. :-) I suppose it does allow it to lay pretty flat when not in use. It's also added structure if the strings/chains on the sides between the boards ever come loose, then your board won't fall apart; it'll just do the splits.

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