Heavy Trash Chalkboard Clean-up!

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You all may remember that children’s easel I picked up from the curb on our recent walk. The people had set it out for heavy trash! Crazy to me because it was in such great condition!

One side of the easel was a blue chalkboard in decent condition. Though there are a few marker strokes and faded chalk marks, it works. The other side was white board, and it was not okay. The dry erase marker had baked on. {I tried the Facebook suggestions of hand sanitizer, tracing over the marker, etc, but they didn’t work… I think the marker had been there too long.} Oh and a bonus to the easel – in the top center between the two boards is a roll of paper! How fun! Why did people throw away such things?

Anyway, this was a major score in my opinion. Still, it needed a bit of work. So I cleaned the easel up a bit. First I actually tightened screws and cleaned it with water and vinegar. Then I used painters tape to protect the white board’s edges, and I spray painted it with chalkboard paint! So now one side is a black chalkboard, and one, blue. {I used the rest of a friend’s chalkboard spray paint, so I was afraid I’d start the blue side and not have enough in the can to finish, which is why I left it as is.}



And then we set it out for Lilleigh’s party! How fun is this? {Idea taken from my cute sister-in-law.} Party pics to come!

Can you believe someone actually set this out for heavy trash?? Have you had any great heavy trash finds or redos?


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  1. Ash, we have TONS of goodies from the trash! In fact, it’s almost ridiculous what my mom and I have found. Antique end tables, chairs, vacuum cleaners, rugs, lamps, etc! My favorite thing is finding a treasure in the trash and re-doing it!
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  2. While this wasn’t a trash find…recently,…scouring a local Goodwill Store…came across a like new, piece of second hand furniture…made by Ethan Allen….for under $8.00! In my pursuit of staying home now for the past 11 years, (finding that even though I had a good paying job, the cost to leaving my children with others, was more than I was taking in…I came home to raise our oldest at the time 8& 5 and happily, became pregnant with our 3rd. This piece of furniture,…will be used to store the cuffs off of sweaters, awaiting my hands to make them into mittens! Three years ago now, I took my love of thriftiness, recycling, and started a wool sweater mitten business! Finds like these are what makes the work of home possible! Our home is a collection of all things free, bought on the cheap, refurbished, etc. :)! Great find with easel above! Sometimes, nail polish remover does the trick on substances that have been on for some time, yet love the chalkboard work! Great job!

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