Published on April 8th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Sidewalk Sandwich Board

Materials: Hemnes 3-drawer, hinges, eye screws, chalkboard paint

Description: The idea for this hack came about as I was disassembling my broken Hemnes 3-drawer and realized the sides of the dresser looked just like the sides of those little chalkboard stands you see outside of bars and cafes.


1. Chalkboard Paint. We decided against spray paint after reading a few reviews that it isn’t as durable, and thought it might be a little more manageable to get in the right places since not everything was going to be painted. Granted, the can of paint was $14, but for this hack we barely put a dent in it.
2. Two Hinges. It doesn’t really matter what kind of hinges, they just need to be about 1.5 inches in length.
3. Two Eye Screws.
4. Some Twine. You’ll only need about a foot/foot and a half, so just use whatever you have around the house.
5. Painter’s Tape.
6. Cheap Paintbrush. Any kind. I think mine was about 2 inches wide.
7. A Sharp Knife. Definitely wait until the paint entirely dries before peeling off the painter’s tape. Even so, you might have to score along the edge with a sharp knife before attempting it – the paint is thicker than most, so even with the good tape you might hit some patches where the paint wants to peel into the board area.

Total cost: About $20

How To:

1. Take the dresser apart. Keep the left and right side panels and remove all the leftover screws and hardware.
2. Add the hinges. Lay the two pieces face down with the tops together and screw in the open hinges. Make sure you don’t put them on backwards – you want the sandwich board to be able to completely fold flat when done.
3. Add the eye screws. Drill a pilot holes on either side of the center bottom interior beam. Then screw them in and tie the twine to either end, to the length you want.
4. Paint. Tape off the edges. When you start your first coat, you have to work fast so that it dries smoothly. I’d recommend painting one vertical section at a time, going left to right and making sure to swipe your paint brush from top to bottom across the whole piece when you’re done with that section, so the paint has minor vertical lines.
5. Wait. Wait a full 24 hours before applying a second coat. And another full 24 hours before drawing on it with chalk.
6. Write some drink specials. Then enjoy them. The end.

See more of the sidewalk sandwich board.

~ Lauren, Texas

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

2 Responses to Sidewalk Sandwich Board

  1. Lauren Baker says:

    This is great if you’ve got the bits lying around. Otherwise just buy a Måla and chop the legs off.

  2. If someone want to build this hack, its more cheaper to buy KOPPANG 3-drawer, from ikea :-)

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