I was asked to build a stand to hold up a bean bag toss by my bosses at Driscoll Children's Hospital. Instead of just a stand it was just as easy to build an easel and make it multi-tasking. One side is the easel and the other side is a blackboard or used as another easel stand. I thought it would be a perfect adaptation of the Restoration Hardware Industrial Chic Chalkboard Easel. The picture shows it in use with the wonderful bosses posing with it. Here is a link to the original plans from which I came up with the final product: http://www.thedesignconfidential.com/2011/03/free-diy-furniture-plans-to…
Since it is for the kids I made the various parts different colors – red , blue, green and yellow. Nice and bright.
The build is larger than the original design. Mine is 48″ high by 31″ wide.
Chain prevents the easel from doing a dramatic split.
Non-skid pads on the feet.
It was a donation to the hospital but I will tell you this it did not cost more than $30
Total time maybe four hours to build it and 8 hours to paint. The chalkboard was given three coats and three days to cure.
All pine , nothing special.
I used Valspar spray enamel (gloss) in red, green, yellow, and blue. It says it contains primer so that saved a step but each piece received three coats.