I wanted to make a sign for my wedding to tell guests where to sit, but didn’t have a concrete plan. Then one day I found a dilapidated child’s easel in someone else’s trash (which turned out to be the MÅLA easel by IKEA). It was covered with chalk and marker, but I saw the potential.
The biggest transformation came from sawing off the legs (which also removed the tray), to make it look less like a child’s easel. Then it needed a fresh coat of turquoise paint, new chalkboard paint because the previous owner had used it so heavily, and finally I used a chalk pen to add the hand lettered seating instructions. I’m so pleased with how it turned out — it looks so different than where it started, despite still being a chalkboard!
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.