Reuse a Child's Art Easel - Part I
This thing is just ugly and takes up a good space in my craft room...so what do I do?
In a two part post, I'm going to show you what we did to reuse the pieces on the right in a space saving and fun way to display and create art.
I started with a frame that I've had for over 10 years (I used to show my paintings in Atlanta Galleries). This frame fits a 22 x 28 canvas.
I placed the piece of wood I took from Em's old easel and placed it on top of the frame, giving enough space from the top to be able to slide canvas paper over the bar.
Then I screwed the piece of wood onto the frame...I'll be honest, I was hesitant to do this because these are beautiful and substantial frames...but you know, they have been sitting in my attic for 5 years. I'm getting use out of them.
Then I spray painted the whole thing with Kilz (this stuff if fantastic - it covers everything, sharpies, paint, Crayola markers etc., it is a must have when having to repaint kids walls), then I used regular white spray paint.
Step 1: I painted the areas of the frame with Silver Acrylic Paint by Daler Rowney .
Step 2: Paint it any color you'd like (I had a left over quart of paint from a silhouette project, "Stop Wasting Silhouette Vinyl"
Step 3 and 4: Paint over Step 2 to mute the color a bit.
This was hard to do after first, I just spent that time making it pretty only to scrub off some of the paint...but, I figured worst case scenario is I just paint it again. What I discovered - distressing is a breeze! After I initially sanded it by hand, I broke out the electric sander :) - now that was fun!
Once this was dry I added a sprayed it with a clear gloss sealer so any paint that gets on it will easily wipe off.
Finally I screwed it too the wall. It turned out great!
The Paper that I put in it was 18 x 24 Mix Media by Canson (use with Acrylic, Watercolor, Pen and Pencil) from Hobby Lobby.
Once Em saw one of her paintings in it she was shocked and LOVED it :)
Stay tuned to see what we did with some other pieces of the Easel!
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