IKEA Hack – Chalkboard Easel

We have had this IKEA chalkboard for years!  Just under $15, I’ve always been impressed by the quality.  My kids are using it less and less so I decided to put it to use this summer when entertaining in the backyard — to direct guests to come around back to swim (and sometimes for a menu).  Here is the before, nothing a little spray paint can’t update, right.  Ready to see my IKEA Hack – Chalkboard Easel!?!

IKEA Chalkboard Hack 5 @ItsOverflowing

Using paper and tape, I covered the chalkboard on the front and the whiteboard on the back.

IKEA Chalkboard Hack 2 @ItsOverflowing

Then I layered three very thin coats of Automotive Enamel Spray Paint, Gloss White onto the chalkboard.  This paint dries crazy fast and has a very smooth finish.

IKEA Chalkboard Hack 3 @ItsOverflowing

When I pulled away the paper and tape, it looked like a totally new chalkboard!  I love an IKEA Hack!  Two swim birthday parties are already on the calendar, I’m sure many more will be added this summer!  And because it’s intended for indoor use, when I’m not using it, I’ll store it in the garage or under the covered patio.

IKEA Chalkboard Hack 4 @ItsOverflowing

Did you see my Cute Succulent Plant!?!  Cute as a Teacher’s Gift AND real fun for backyard entertaining – just wrap with a bit of burlap and tie with a piece of twine.  You may want to use plastic mason jars if you’re partying near the pool.

Teachers Gift Succulent @ItsOverflowing

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  1. How cute and fun is this. Love it.

  2. Diana says:

    Great idea Aimee, it looks fabulous!

    • Thanks Diana!!! I hope you’re having a good week!!! I appreciate your sweet comments SO MUCH! XO, Aimee