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?