Friday, February 26, 2010

Crib to Chalkboard Easel Tutorial

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This is one of my posts that has been a long time coming.  I started this project months ago, right after the big O was born, and finally finished it about a month ago.  And then I was just feeling a little worn out with blogging and never got around to posting it.  But I think the pictures have cured here on the computer long enough now and they're ready to be shared with all of you.  So, let's get started, shall we?

 
I found this crib frame sitting next to our dumpster.  
I threw away all the extra pieces and just kept the headboard and foot board.



The moment I saw them I instantly had a vision of what they would be.
An easel!
I had seen a version of what I envisioned once before at a little shop in town.
(Haha!  I didn't realize until I found this picture just now that theirs is green too.  I hadn't seen it in some time when I got the idea to make one.)
But mine would be different.
Mine would be better.
And toddler-friendly.
My sister thought I was crazy.


The color was ugly, of course, and they were covered in dusty spiderwebs, but they have such beautiful lines.  Look at those scallops!  And I love those pretty little spindles on the headboard.
They were a little beat up.  They needed some love.
(But look at the pretty details on those spindles!)

 First, I gave them a coat of liquid sandpaper.  

I know I have said this before, but I will say it over and over and over again--if you are still scrubbing at things with regular sandpaper, you have got to give this a try.  All you have to do is paint on one quick coat and...that's it!  You will never want to go back to your regular sandpaper again. 

 Then they got a coat of primer

Then I taped off the inside.

And meticulously taped off the beautiful scallops.
And covered the middle with newspapers.

And painted them this lovely shade of green...that got a little washed out in this picture.
It's hard to compete with the yellow of those trees.
Did I mention how slowly I worked on this project?  I think I started it back in October.

Then I took the newspapers off.
And put new tape around the edges.

And gave the middle sections of the headboard and foot board a coat of chalkboard paint.
I should have given them another coat, but I didn't.

Also, I forgot to mention that all along I was also priming and painting some extra little pieces of wood.  I could not for the life of me tell you what size they are or what kind of wood they are.  Sorry!
I think, if I recall, I just saw them in the fencing area at Home Depot, thought they would probably work well, and bought four.
 
You can see them attached to the inside of the headboard and foot board in the picture above.
I needed these little boards because of the little detail ball things that stick up on top.  Attaching these boards made it so the hinges could connect correctly.  Umm.. so obviously now you know that the next step was to attach these boards.  (Thank you Bryan and my step dad for your help with this!)


Then Bryan also screwed on these pretty hinges that I bought at Home Depot.

Then (many moons later) I (finally) primed the chalkboard.

And wiped it off.
And it left a chalk line on my carpet.
Hehe.
Don't worry.  It's been so long now that you can't see it anymore.

And now...
 
It's finished!
And taking up a lot of room in the big O's room.
Waiting for her to grow up and learn how to color.


And here's a pretty picture to finish on.
The end.



52 comments:

Lindsay said...

WOW wow wow. I would have never thought of that. It looks awesome!

Kathy Haynie said...

Smarty pants. It was fun to see the project in process. What a masterpiece!

Katie said...

2 in one week--you're blowing my mind with these awesome projects! I'm definitely going to be looking out for an old crib now

Anna said...

Katie, these last two posts are both so awesome. I think your high chair is lovely and your chalkboard is super cool. At some point I would like you to discuss your overall satisfaction with the blackboard paint.

Also, from now on you should include stuffed animal showcasing all your work.

Thanks for posting cool posts when I can't leave the house because of a projectile vomiting toddler.

Hillary said...

Lovely! I love green. :) Oh, and you never cease to amaze me miss Katie. Fever clever!

Lckevan said...

That turned out so awesome! I will now always be on the lookout for cribs in dumpsters! :)

Infarrantly Creative said...

I am so in love with that. That is just terrific. Way to think outside the box and beautiful choice of color. IC approved! (not that you needed that...haha!)

Jenn said...

I LOVE IT. i may just have to copy you.

alee said...

Good work :)

I thought of you when I was sanding some old entertainment center doors that I am turning into a headboard for us...I want to try the liquid sandpaper but my dad has an electric sander that is just so quick and easy! Someday when I move away I suppose...

Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely said...

SOOOOO clever!!! And LOVE the color as well.

Jennifer @ No Place Life Home said...

What a great idea! If I can ever get all of my kids out of a crib, I will have to try it.

Jennifer said...

WOW! This is a great project... what a fantastic idea! You did a beautiful job!

Jane said...

So great!

Richard and Emily said...

Katie! You are an amazing crafter! I want to make one for my classroom! The big O will love that for her room when she's a little older! Cute!

asnipofgoodness said...

What a terrific idea, and I love your finished product! Really cool, thanks for sharing.

Blog Boutique said...

Very creative. Love the paint color.

Meg said...

That's awesome. My kiddos would LOVE that! I'm on the lookout for something suitable. Thanks for the inspiration!

Polly said...

This turned out GREAT, Katie! Nice job!

Nancy said...

This is gorgeous and so so cool! Did you put a chalk board on both sides, or just one? Ah. You amaze and delight.

Bridget said...

Wow! If that's not the coolest thing I've seen I don't know what is. If I ever stop having babies I know what I'm making.

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Hi there... first time to your blog. Wow... what a great project you turned out! My oldest is 34... I still have her orignal crib headboard and footboard sitting in the rafters of my garage. Haven't had the heart to throw them out. Sentimental me! They look exactly like the ones you have. I kept wishing I could come up with a way to use them. You have given me an idea after reading this post! Your project turned out fabulous!

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Hi there... first time to your blog. Wow... what a great project you turned out! My oldest is 34... I still have her orignal crib headboard and footboard sitting in the rafters of my garage. Haven't had the heart to throw them out. Sentimental me! They look exactly like the ones you have. I kept wishing I could come up with a way to use them. You have given me an idea after reading this post! Your project turned out fabulous!

Jennifer Wege said...

Wow! That's amazing! It's so pretty and a wonderful idea. I think it would be great if you added ledges, though. You know, to put the chalk and eraser on and so it catches the chalk dust.

julia said...

so clever love it

Nancy ~ Inkcicles said...

Oh so clever and cute!!!

:-)

Allison said...

That is brill...awesome job!

Rachel and Todd said...

AMAZING! I bet whoever threw that away is now kicking himself/herself. You turned a piece of "junk" into a jewel!!

jess said...

this is pretty fantastic! I wish I found cool stuff like this on the curb!

my name is lauren. said...

katie...you're so freaking genius it's kind of ridiculous.

The Bucks said...

You. are. a. genius.
Would you please help me with a few ideas for a Jenny Lind Crib (all spindles) PLEASE-Pretty please :)

Aelysium said...

Love this! I have a similar crib that I would love to do something with. Would it be okay if I put one of your pictures on my blog and linked back to you, to show where I found the idea?

Bobbie said...

I just wanted to let you know that I featured this on my blog this morning :) http://iamonly1woman.blogspot.com/2011/03/have-to-share-crib-to-chalk-board-easel.html

Thanks for sharing such a great idea!

Lisa at lil fish studios said...

Fantastic! I've been holding on to two cribs because I was sure I was going to make something fabulous with them. (It's been years and so far...nothin') But now, I have a project! Thanks for sharing this, I can't wait to give it a go.

Jen and Jean said...

This is so fantastic- just commented over at Craft Magazine too- I love the idea. We are picking up my daughter's "big girl bed" TODAY and now I am feeling a little less sentimental about it since I can't wait to get my hands on her crib now! I just did something similar with some rescued from the street kitchen cabinet doors (I blog about it on my blog www.ginghamstyle.com- shameless plug!) and I have chalkboard fever. I keep wandering the house with my spray paint can and my husband trailing me looking worried! Count me as your newest follower.....

grammardog said...

This is absolutely brilliant! I love it... what a great idea when beautiful old wooden cribs are tossed out because they no longer meet a certain code. So smart!

Sew Flippin Cool said...

genius! if I hadn't promised my crib to a friend, I'd totally be doing this. As is, I'm posting this great tutorial on my blog, The Handmade Experiment to help share this brilliant idea. Thanks! http://wp.me/pkcUM-EC

Ashley said...

how awesome!!!

-Ashley
www.DesignBuildLove.co

Michelle M. said...

Omg I am so glad I found this! I have this old crib that came with our house when we bought it. Right now it's housing a crap load of stuffed animals but oh how much better this will be! Ah love it. I will give you credit on my blog whenever my procrastinating self decides to do this and post about it :)

Maria said...

This is a wonderful idea! I am going to save this to my favorite's page and show my son and daughter-in-law. My grandson will be in his crib for a while longer, but when he outgrows it, this will br the perfect way to "recycle" it! They can paint on side purple for my granddaughter and one side blue for my grandson! :)

Ashley ✯closetsamples.com✯ said...

This is REALLY cool! LOVE IT!

LeeanneA / KMullally said...

You had to be dedicated to follow that through - what awesome results - congrats on a project well done!

gail said...

Ditto Sent me over here to see this project b/c I just picked up a free crib. AWESOME! Why didn't I think of this! hahaha Super job!

gail

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Love this crib turned easel... how fun!
I saw it in the comments line at Gail's (my repurposed life)
See there the proof, people read comments, huh?
Pat

Terry Weisenfels said...

This is the coolest!

Rita May said...

Great project! I wish I knew where you threw the sides because I've been looking for crib sides for a project.
A gate and laundry drying rack. Now I have ideas for all the pieces. I never throw anything out because as soon as I do, I think of or see what I could have done with them.

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Gwen @ The Bold Abode said...

that's not even funny how brilliant that is... I'm not laughin at all...milk is NOT spewing out of my nose..not even a little bit..and I am NOT cleaning the computer screen at all...

This is so far out of the box that it's round...

I Know The Plans I Have For You said...

LOVE IT! I had to come over and see how you redid the crib!! I just redid one a couple of weeks ago! You can see it here! Your newest GFC follower!!

http://iknowtheplansihave4you.blogspot.com/2012/03/crib-turned-craft-station.html

MSBABY said...

What a great way to keep old cribs out of the landfill!

I posted your idea on my Pinterest crafts board so other moms can see!

erwicker said...

Very creative. Love the paint color.

cribs for twins

Designed Decor said...

Awesome idea! We have a neighborhood garage sale twice a year! I need to make this for my yard sign. I know this will grab the attention of the passerby's!

A.J. Dub. (Amy) said...

Brilliant! You did a great job! I pinned this to my projects board. :)