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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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.