How To Turn A TV Stand Into Cute Wooden Easels


Creativity is always a leap of faith. You’re faced with a blank page, a blank easel, or an empty stage. – Julia Cameron

I enjoy my vision boards.  I keep them simple using foam core boards from Dollar Tree.  However, I grew tired of them sitting on the floor and falling over in the corner of my Vision Room.  With wall space at a premium, I decided I needed a couple of easels to put them on, so I consulted my go-to idea place, Pinterest.
All I needed were three boards, a hinge, and something to rest the pictures on. I possessed these items within my stash of reclaimed materials and hardware, I moved forward.  As I was letting the idea percolate, I spotted an old TV stand that had belonged to my husband’s grandmother.  We used it for a number of years as a TV stand, but those days were gone.  The stand was collecting dust looking for a new life.

Easels Made Easy

As I looked it over, I realized it had all of the elements I needed to make two nice wood easels.  No cutting needed.  I used every part of the stand except the shelf that was below where the TV sat.  The shelf will no doubt find a new home in another project.
The two easels took four hours from start to finish.  This included wrestling the hinges into place and making the video.  View it here.  Cost: nothing.  Granted I had leftover materials on hand and access to my husbands’ tools, but it felt good to put those to good use in reforming this object.
Tools Used:
  • a pair of pliers
  • a power screwdriver
  • a drill for making pilot holes
  • a pencil to mark where the holes needed to go

Easels from an outdated TV stand? Sure! this is a tangible way to rescue lost stories – through objects handed down. As was my husband’s paternal grandmother’s stand, repurposing has made it a useful reminder of her practical frugality.  I suspect she would be pleased.

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I am a former air traffic controller, pilot, Aircoupe owner, married 42 years to a great guy. We live in a 125+ year old historic Victorian, enjoy cats, vintage anything, precious friends. My passion is Giving Lost Stories A Voice – Giving Found Materials Fresh Form and Purpose!

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