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IKEA Easel Makeover with Mod Podge

This IKEA easel was trashed by my 3-year-old, so I gave it a complete makeover with Mod Podge clear chalkboard topcoat. You’ll love how easy this is!

IKEA Easel Makeover

I know I’ve said this before but I’m so excited to share today’s makeover with everyone today!!

I got this easel from IKEA about 4 years ago for my boys and it’s in pretty bad shape. I’ve been wanting to give it a makeover for awhile now.

I got some Mod Podge clear chalkboard topcoat and I practiced on something small. It worked perfectly!! So I thought I’d give this easel makeover a try. One of my favorite parts – you can make the chalkboard any color!

I plan on putting this in my son’s room, so I gave it a little nautical makeover.

IKEA Easel Makeover

For this makeover you’re going to need:

Gather These Supplies

  • Mod Podge Clear Chalkboard Topcoat
  • Mod Podge Furniture Matte
  • Ikea Easel
  • Paint
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Paintbrush
  • Decorative Rope
  • Hot Glue

Getting Started

As you can see this was in pretty BAD shape. My 3-year-old wrote all over it with a crayon and totally messed up the chalkboard.

To get started I cleaned it up as best as I could.

Ikea Easel Makeover with Mod Podge

Step 1 – Paint the IKEA Easel

I taped off the easel and painted on two coats of white chalk paint. I let each coat dry 30 minutes.

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Step 2 – Paint Front of Chalkboard

I really wanted to make the chalkboard blue. I thought the blue against the white would be perfect. I painted on two coats and let dry 30 minutes.

Ikea Easel Makeover with Mod Podge

Step 3 – Add Your Clear Chalkboard Topcoat

Now the fun part!! Adding the clear chalkboard topcoat. As per the directions.  I painted my first coat and let dry an hour, then painted on my second coat.

Let it all dry 24 hours.

This IKEA easel was trashed by my 3-year-old, so I gave it a complete makeover with Mod Podge clear chalkboard topcoat. You'll love how easy this is!

Step 4 – Set Chalkboard

I got a piece of chalk and rubbed it all over the chalkboard to set it. Then I wiped it down with a piece of cloth.

This IKEA easel was trashed by my 3-year-old, so I gave it a complete makeover with Mod Podge clear chalkboard topcoat. You'll love how easy this is!

Step 5 – Line Tray with Paper and Mod Podge

I wanted to add a “pop” of color to the tray with some scrapbook paper. I cut the paper in half then sized it to fit the bottom of the tray.

I pulled out my “handy dandy” Furniture Matte Mod Podge. I added a layer to the bottom of the tray then gently placed my scrapbook paper on top. I rubbed out any of the bubbles.

Then I added some Mod Podge on top.  Let it dry for 30 minutes.

This IKEA easel was trashed by my 3-year-old, so I gave it a complete makeover with Mod Podge clear chalkboard topcoat. You'll love how easy this is!

Step 6 – Add Your Rope

Too add an extra touch to the easel I used some decorative rope. Rope is always a perfect nautical touch, right?!

I measured it out, then hot glued into place.

This IKEA easel was trashed by my 3-year-old, so I gave it a complete makeover with Mod Podge clear chalkboard topcoat. You'll love how easy this is!

Finishing Touches

I’m SO happy with how my IKEA Easel makeover turned out. I made a cute little banner for it (I’ll see how long that lasts “-“) and now I’m ready to put it in my sons room!!

This IKEA easel was trashed by my 3-year-old, so I gave it a complete makeover with Mod Podge clear chalkboard topcoat. You'll love how easy this is!
Ikea Easel Makeover with Mod Podge
This IKEA easel was trashed by my 3-year-old, so I gave it a complete makeover with Mod Podge clear chalkboard topcoat. You'll love how easy this is!

See how excited he is about his IKEA easel makeover!! Plus I think the chalkboard works better then before.

This IKEA easel was trashed by my 3-year-old, so I gave it a complete makeover with Mod Podge clear chalkboard topcoat. You'll love how easy this is!

Love the before and after picture!

After I made this chalkboard over I went to a thrift store and found another one. So I’ll give that one a makeover for one of my other boys.

Just so everyone knows I LOVE this clear chalkboard topcoat. I plan on making a chalkboard for myself now. Maybe a light coral color for my office!

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Tammy DeJong

Wednesday 16th of December 2015

Great Job! I don't think I would've put crayons in your finished picture though, lol! Kinda funny!