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.
. 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.
- 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Easels from an outdated TV stand?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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