Upcycled Ikea Kids Easel

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Earlier this year while redecorating Miss.A’s new tween bedroom we upcycled some of her old decor to match her new. End result… saving money. {yay} One of the items that we decided needed an upgrade was her Ikea easel, it was looking rather worn down however she insisted she wanted to keep it in the new room. So we gave it a fresh new life with a little spray paint & contact paper. Since we had extra supplies we dug out Mr.N’s old easel to make over the my mom’s classroom too.


  • Easel {ours was from ikea around $19}
  • Spray Paint
  • Contact Paper
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Old Newspaper & Tape
  • E-6000 Glue
First I used old newspaper & tape to cover up everything I didn’t want to paint. Then took the easel outside to spray down with two coats of Rustoleum satin spray paint.
After it was dry I brought it back inside to cover the tray with contact paper that matched perfectly. {I used a X-Acto knife to trim up the sides and to keep the contact paper down I added a little E-6000 glue to the corners to help it stick through lots of playing.}

Since we already had the easels {that were headed to a garage sale} the project only cost under $10 to makeover two easels {one for Miss.A and another for my mom’s classroom}. Which I say is a great deal for two totally cute custom easels!

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9 Responses to Upcycled Ikea Kids Easel

  1. Alicia says:

    I have this easel! And I love your idea! It looks so much better! I have always been reluctant to bring it in the house, but maybe if I dress it up, it will fit in much better! Thanks for the creative idea!

  2. What a great way to breathe new life into something you already owned. Love the color green you chose!

  3. Andrea Kruse says:

    The patterned contact paper is adorable. Where did you find it? Love the green color you choose.

  4. Lolo says:

    I love, love, love it! We just bought babe a new one but I am going to use your contact paper idea. Thanks!!

  5. Cassie says:

    This is a great idea. While my kiddos are still young er have a similar easel and this will be something I could do to it when they are finished with it.

  6. What a great idea! We have an easel that needs some love and this is the perfect solution. I’ll have to find time to try it.

  7. Love that! It looks like it was so easy to do too! I have a little ikea table that I need to do this with.

  8. AshleyD says:

    When you did this, did you spray paint the hinges and the sides of the tray that hook it onto the easel? My husband thinks I’ll have to cover all that, but I don’t think so.

    • admin says:

      I left it together & painted basically everything that the eye can see {except the board part}. However it just depends on the look you are going for. It could look cute with the tray staying the natural color & the two board sides being painted.