How to make a sandwich board out of an old crib:
This easy sandwich board project is great for weddings, parties, or specialty shoppes.
I picked up this crib last fall at the American Council of the Blind. They have regular sales, and on this day it was an unusual “sidewalk” sale, where this crib was 50% off the $20 price. It included the headboard, foot board and rails.
While I was looking for an easy project last week, this crib just sort of jumped out at me. Since I was looking for easy, I decided not to paint the crib, but to leave it in it’s natural wood toned state. I sanded the full panels on the side that didn’t have the holes from the hardware.
I taped off the edges and got busy with some chalkboard paint. I did about 4 light coats with a sponge brush.
The weather turned cold again, so I brought this project indoors to finish it up. I gathered my supplies to allow the easel to stand on it’s own.
- strap hinges
- hammer and nail (for pilot holes)
I used 3 strap hinges. In this picture you can see the original hardware holes that I left facing inward so they wouldn’t be seen.
Easy Sandwich Board made from an old crib:
I added a chain on each side to keep the easel from opening too far. I just used some silver screws to hold it in place. I decided to add the chain to the outside of the frame so that the easel will fold flat. You can see that the headboard and the foot board are not exactly the same writing area. (look at the length of the legs)
I conditioned the chalkboard before using it.
This piece would be great for a wedding . . .
or on the sidewalk of a specialty shoppe.
I made one of these crib easels a couple of years ago. Which one do you like better?
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Hi, there! I’m Gail, the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. I’m obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believe that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again—myself included! I hope you’ll enjoy the journey and pick up a few tools along the way… literally!
Linda at Mixed Kreations
They both turned out beautiful so it's really hard to pick a favorite. I lean towards the stained one because I've always loved to see the wood grains, but I love the other too!
love this idea! i prefer the stained one, but they are both so nice!
I love them both! The wood is so pretty, I think it was smart not to paint it! And I love that you did both sides, this would be great for kids to play on too, and easy to fold up and store when not in use! Pinned!
haha...cool idea and another great job.
Paige @ Little Nostalgia
So I was skimming my blog feed and saw this title, which my brain decided to read as "make a sandwich out of a crib." HA! This is really cute. I don't think I've ever seen a tutorial for a sandwich board before.
These are both great! I like the white one best. I have always wanted to do a project with chalkboard paint. Hopefully some day soon. Thanks for the inspiration!
What a great idea to use for an event like a wedding. I like them both! And they look pretty easy to make, that's even better.
Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
I think sandwich boards are so much fun! And I love the scalloped top!
Julie @ follow your heart woodworking
Fabulous!! I've made three of these from scratch and they are a lot of hours of work. Yours is so nice, sturdy, quick and cheap to make, and looks so nice with that old wood (glad you didn't paint the wood)... great job.
Why do I have a feeling this season at garage sales I'm going to come home with cribs every chance I get?
Love them both, Gail! So cute!
Love it Gail! Great deal on it too!
I like both. The brow for a bar or regular cafe, the white for a tea room or a boutique
What a great idea!! Love this! (I like the stained one...so versatile!)