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Do you guys love the Dollar Spot at Target? I love to look through that small section and I always find something I have to have. This time was no exception. I had to have the Dollar Spot Chalkboard Easel!
Dollar Spot Chalkboard Easel
I am Target deprived. Jeff and I and the boys moved to Emmetsburg, Iowa 19 years ago and I still miss the convenience of Target stores. In Sacramento there was a Target in each part of town.
I love my local stores and almost always find what I am looking for but there is something about a Target. I am not sure what it is. It is probably the feeling of nostalgia and California memories.
Last weekend we went to Cedar Falls to attend a wedding. This is where Brian lives now and the boys surprised us by having Ian and Hailey drive up from Davenport. It was so nice to see them and the bonus was we got to go early and eat with them and visit the Cedar Falls Target store among others such as Michaels. Both great stores for a crafter like me.
Hailey and I were perusing the Dollar Spot section and I spotted this chalkboard easel. It is chalkboard on one side and white board on the other.
It needed some finishing in my opinion. I went to our local Second Hand Thrift store to look for some frames. The measurements of the easel were 8″ x 10″ so I didn’t think it would be too hard to fine a couple of frames that I like. I didn’t even need them to match. I liked the idea of having the two sides look a little different.
I found these two for $1.5o. Such a bargain.
Here are a couple of closer images of the pattern in each one. Nothing too spectacular but I really liked them. Then I looked closer and I thought the frame on the right was not going to work. It was the kind that had a groove on the two sides and the top for the glass and the backing to slide into. That groove was in the way and it didn’t just fit over the white board like the other frame did.
So, I went back to the store and bought a third frame. But, it was too big. So, I had a choice to go purchase a fourth frame or see if Jeff could cut the groove off. He cut it easily and that was that!
I wanted this to go in my wine area in my kitchen so I got out the Americana Decor chalk paint by DecoArt that I have been using. You can see it on my magazine re-vamp and my quirky desk organizer in these posts.
I love the color and the scatters of it around the house give the rooms a more cohesive feel. Each of the frames took two coats of paint then I did the usual distressing that I love.
I also painted the legs of the easel and some parts of the backs.
I glued the frame onto the chalkboard side first and all went well.. But when I tried the white board side I was definitely having some issues. It wasn’t sticking. There wasn’t enough of the frame touching the board. It just wouldn’t sit right.
Jeff had a great idea to use some balsa wood strips that he had and make an shim of sorts that went all the way around. This filled in the gap.
I painted the balsa wood then tried it again.
I placed the glue (Elmer’s) on the new wood and placed it onto the white board while it was standing up. I used some clamps to get it to stay put until the glue dried. Success!!
And if you look closely you can see me taking the photo in the refection of the shiny, white board. Funny!
After I finally got that frame glued on it was time to create my “wine” saying on the chalkboard. This was the fun part.
I used this tutorial from In My Own Style. Diane is one of my all time favorite bloggers and was the first blog I started reading on a regular basis. I love everything she does. She explains the process of drawing and writing on a chalkboard and making it look good.
This is how mine turned out.
I like it for my first try. And it looks great on the shelf in my kitchen above my wine glasses.
As Diane mentions in her tutorial I created this on the computer. I did not trace or anything but it was there to look at for size, etc. and it helped a lot!
I have created this in a free printable for you if you like it. You can use link below the picture to download it.
So there you have it. My fun Dollar Spot chalkboard easel. I hope you liked it.
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