Multi-Tasking RH Industrial Chic Chalkboard Easel

02.14.13 By //

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:…

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.

Estimated Cost 

It was a donation to the hospital but I will tell you this it did not cost more than $30

Length of Time 

Total time maybe four hours to build it and 8 hours to paint.  The chalkboard was given three coats and three days to cure. 

Lumber Used 

All pine , nothing special.

Finishing Technique 

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.

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