Refinishing an Easel for Hempsley

I had been looking for an easel to use for Hempsley events, but never had much luck. As I was thrifting for t-shirts to screenprint, I happened to stumble on this easel for just $12 at Goodwill, and couldn't pass it up. 

 The easel was covered in stickers and had been drawn on by a very happy child. 

The easel was covered in stickers and had been drawn on by a very happy child. 

 The easel has two trays on either side that flip up, as well as a bar through the middle that you can put paper on — a feature I will surely use in the future! 

The easel has two trays on either side that flip up, as well as a bar through the middle that you can put paper on — a feature I will surely use in the future! 

 To start, my dad helped me disassemble the easel and I sanded each part until most all of the markings had been erased. 

To start, my dad helped me disassemble the easel and I sanded each part until most all of the markings had been erased. 

 I then painted each piece blue; the same blue that I had used to make one of our  three official Hempsley backgrounds. 

I then painted each piece blue; the same blue that I had used to make one of our three official Hempsley backgrounds. 

 Next, each blue piece was painted white, just like the original background had been. 

Next, each blue piece was painted white, just like the original background had been. 

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 My dad then helped me reassemble the pieces — which was actually a harder task than we'd expected! 

My dad then helped me reassemble the pieces — which was actually a harder task than we'd expected! 

 But we did it! I was quite happy with the way it turned out. One day when I'm feeling motivated, I'll go back and sand some areas to let the blue peek through a bit more. 

But we did it! I was quite happy with the way it turned out. One day when I'm feeling motivated, I'll go back and sand some areas to let the blue peek through a bit more. 

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 The easel was the perfect addition to our Earth Day display. We even won first place in the business category for the Eco-Awareness Contest for having the best educational display and learning activities! 

The easel was the perfect addition to our Earth Day display. We even won first place in the business category for the Eco-Awareness Contest for having the best educational display and learning activities! 

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