Kids Easel Makeover

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Are you thinking about Back to School?  It’s coming before we know it…Where has the Summer gone?!

With my oldest heading to first grade and my middle heading to Pre-K, my youngest is feeling really left out.  He keeps asking when he gets to go to school.  So, we’ll be doing “MomSchool” at home…with a fun new Easel for him to create on… How-to-make-over-an-easel-perfect-for-back-to-school-OneKriegerChick.com I say the word “New” loosely…New to him and it looks brand new- Now.

Would you believe this same easel used to look like this?  My husband found it at a garage sale for $1 years ago and I almost threw it away…Good thing I never got around to it! Kids-easel-makeover-Before-OneKriegerChick.com With a little paint, it made quite a transformation…Wait and see…

I started by giving it a really good cleaning to remove any extra paint and marker. paint and favorite brush-OneKriegerChick.com Then, I painted over the chalkboard with 3 coats of chalkboard paint, rotating the direction of my paintbrush with each coat to create a canvas-like effect.

easel-makeover-chalkboard-OneKriegerChick.com Once the chalkboard was dry, I painted over the wood with DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Rouge.

Easel-Chalkboard-OneKriegerChick.com Using the existing screw and a pretty ribbon, I hung a little bucket of chalk.  Yay!  The chalkboard side is finished.

Now for the other side, which I evidently did not take a before photo.  Imagine a white board completely covered in layers of paint and stickers.  It took a little bit to clean it, but it looks good as new now.

I used some rope and tied a roll of paper to the top of the easel, so this side can now now be used as a whiteboard or paper covered surface to color or paint on.   Easel makeover- how to tie on paper-OneKriegerChick.com

Easel makeover-adding paper-OneKriegerChick.com Then, I added three small hooks and hung small buckets of supplies. The buckets are from the $1 spot at Target. Easel-makeover-hanging-art-supplies-OneKriegerChick.com Now, it’s time to create!  My boys wasted no time… Easel makeover-Fun! OneKriegerChick.com

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 So…it just goes to show a little paint goes a long way!  I can see us using this easel for years now…

And I just noticed my son threw a pair of socks into the pail with the colored pencils…#notsurprised 

*Disclaimer:  I am a member of the DecoArt Blogger Outreach Program.  I received compensation and/or products for this post.  However, all opinions and ideas for these products are my own.*

This project is part of an Awesome Back to School Series organized by Emily of The Benson Street…You won’t want to miss all the other Fun ideas! 45 Days of Back to School Ideas

Are you looking forward to the kids going back to school?

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