Monday, January 7, 2013

Crib to chalk board

This crib is the perfect candidate for a chalk board easel.  It has a nice large area for the chalk board.

After the hardware was removed, I chalkboard painted the large area on both of these crib ends.  I wasn't sure what color to paint the frame, until it was finished, then I knew.

I would leave it wood.  It is very rare I do this.  I just love painted things, but in this case the wood looks great and I can picture it sitting out front of an antique store or the like. It has a vintage feel to it.

I added hinges on each end, this was the tricky part.  I put 2 hinges on both ends of one board and when I went to attach the other on, I realized I couldn't.  The knobs on top of each board hit and wouldn't allow for the easel to be an easel. GRRRR. I walked away for a few minutes to let my head clear.

When I came back to the project, I thought maybe they can detach. Sure enough, they screwed on!  Perfect.

I unscrewed the knobs and then attached the boards.  I added a chain to the lower part of the easel which I got from this vintage light.  There were already holes on the lower inside area so I used those.

When it was set up  I added one set of knobs back to the top.  I cannot leave them all on as they hit and won't allow the easel to spread out.  You learn as you go right?  I like how it turned out.  It was a fairly easy project, minus the frustration of my vision coming to a halt.  That ever happen to you?

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